Highlanders roll to Homecoming victory

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Eureka Springs senior guard Matthew Lester had 22 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals in last Friday’s Homecoming victory over Haas Hall Rogers.
Robert Cox / Carroll County News

Eureka Springs senior guard Matthew Lester was crowned as the school’s Mr. Basketball before last Friday night’s Homecoming game against Haas Hall Rogers.

Once the game tipped off, Lester looked every bit the part.

A four-year starter for the Highlanders, Lester was all over the court in Eureka Springs’ 70-35 victory over the Danes.

Lester finished with 22 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals.

“Matt was as good as he’s ever been,” Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said of the four-year starter.

Lester made five of the Highlanders’ 14 three-pointers, including three in the final 2:08 of the first half.

Senior Teagan Farriester also made five three-pointers in six attempts and scored 15 points as the Highlanders shot 14 of 29 from behind the arc. Many of those three-pointers came on passes from Lester after he penetrated the Haas Hall defense.

“He’s getting so comfortable this year in terms of drawing help and then making the right read and getting rid of the basketball,” Rambo said. “Of course, we’ve got guys out there that can make shots.”

Senior forward Kegley Ertel added 11 points for Eureka Springs, which will host Alpena on Tuesday before road games Thursday at St. Paul and Friday at Lead Hill.

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