Lady Highlanders take third place in district tournament

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

By Scott Loftis

The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders are one game away from the state tournament.

The Lady Highlanders continued their resurgence on Friday, beating Decatur 36-26 in the third-place game of the 2A-1 conference tournament at Yellville.

Eureka Springs (23-13) will play Danville at 4 p.m. Thursday in the 2A West Regional Tournament at Danville.

The winner will secure a spot in the Class 2A state tournament that begins Feb. 26 at Carlisle.

The Lady Highlanders took control of Friday’s game with an 11-0 run, starting with senior forward Shelby Little’s basket from inside the lane with 1.7 seconds left in the first quarter. That put Eureka Springs ahead 13-9, and the Lady Highlanders scored the first nine points of the second quarter. Little had a pair of baskets during that run, which was capped by a driving layup from junior guard Gracie Lester.

Junior forward Megan Holloway scored the first four points of the second half as the Lady Highlanders stretched their lead to 26-11.

Decatur got within 10 twice in the third quarter, but Holloway converted an offensive rebound into a basket to give the Lady Highlanders a 30-18 lead at the end of the quarter, then hit a turnaround bank shot to open the fourth-quarter scoring. Little added a turnaround jumper from the lane for a 34-18 cushion.

The Lady Highlanders won despite converting just three of 14 free throws.

Holloway scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half to lead Eureka Springs. Little had 11 points in the first half and finished with 13.

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