Highlanders remain a work in progress

Friday, January 10, 2020

By Scott Loftis



Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo knew this season could include some growing pains after the Highlanders lost several key players from last year’s team that won 33 games and a regional tournament championship.

Thirteen games into the season, the Highlanders are still very much a work in progress.

On Friday, Eureka Springs lost a nonconference road game, 53-42, at Mountainburg. Sophomore Matthew Lester, who started as a freshman last season, scored 31 points for the Highlanders but it wasn’t enough.

“We just had an off shooting night,” Rambo said, pointing out that his team led briefly in the second half. “We just didn’t have the scoring power to stay with them.”

Eureka Springs, which played for the first time in three weeks, will return to conference play Tuesday night at Decatur.

Rambo said earlier in the season that he believed the Highlanders have a chance to be a factor in the 2A-1 conference race again after winning the regular-season title and the district tournament crown last season. Eureka Springs (3-10 overall) is 0-2 in conference play but has faced probably the two best teams in the conference in Flippin and Yellville-Summit.

Rambo is hoping his team can develop another scoring threat and build some momentum.

“We’re trying to grow and get better,” he said. “Some of that is a mental thing. Guys just have to be more confident. … It’s all about going over there and putting together four solid quarters.”

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