Third-quarter runs help Highlanders get 2 wins
By Scott Loftis
Apparently, the number 23 is good luck for the Eureka Springs Highlanders.
The Highlanders picked up a pair of victories last week — each sparked by 23-point third-quarter outbursts.
Eureka Springs defeated Jasper on Tuesday, then rolled past Haas Hall Academy of Rogers on Friday, 64-25.
The Highlanders outscored Jasper 23-6 in the third quarter on Tuesday and then used a 23-2 third-quarter run to turn Friday’s game into a rout.
Junior guard Matthew Lester scored 23 points in the win over Jasper. Against Haas Hall, the Highlanders showed a balanced scoring attack as Lester and sophomore post Shane Holloway scored 12 points each to lead several players with seven or more.
“We played well,” Rambo said of the win over Haas Hall. “We’re young and kind of inexperienced but I thought after kind of a shaky start to the game, we kind of figured out how to guard them and did a good job. We had a 15-point lead at halftime and then played a really, really good third quarter. It was really a good night for us offensively and defensively.”
Rambo was pleased to see the balanced scoring after last season’s team relied heavily on Lester for offensive production.
“We were kind of a one-man show,” Rambo said. “I thought coming into the season that would be our strength, that we’d be able to put three or four guys on the floor who could all score.”
Eureka Springs will host Alpena on Thursday and then travel to Lead Hill on Friday.