Homecoming wins light up Highlanders
Lauren Bland was crowned 2001 Homecoming Queen Friday before a big Eureka Springs crowd, then the senior high teams pulled off two big victories to cap off the night.
The Lady Highlanders made it extra special by earning their first win of the season, a 46-39 triumph over Fayetteville Christian.
Highlander Griggs Covington was crowned Homecoming King, then went out and scored 15 points, including a slam dunk on a breakaway that further ignited a rowdy crowd, during a 67-45 win.
The senior boys kept their record perfect at 6-0, while the girls were 1-5.
11-10, 24-21, 34-31, 46-39
Senior Leah Tomlinson led the team with 24 points, as she saved her biggest output of the season for Homecoming.
"It's the first game we've played girls our size," Coach Aaron Hall said. "We had good matchups, played hard, and battled back when we got behind. It was a tight game all the way.
"Leah was able to post up, and Lisa DuMontier got some good drives. Our two seniors led us for Homecoming, and that's the way it should be. They scored 33 of our 46 points."
Early in the fourth quarter, the Fayetteville Christian Lady Eagles took a 35-34 lead, but Tomlinson would score six crucial points in those final minutes.
A Tomlinson free throw with 2:40 to go tied the game at 39-all, then DuMontier drove on Eureka's next possession, missed, and Tomlinson rebounded and was fouled.
She made one to put Eureka up 40-39, then the Lady Highlanders got a turnover and Tomlinson scored inside for 42-39. Then with just 29 seconds to play, DuMontier found Tomlinson inside with a good pass and it was another two.
DuMontier put the icing on the cake with a driving layup with seven ticks left on the clock, and it was a 46-39 victory.
Coach Hall said he got good efforts from all the players, including Elizabeth Thompson, Erica Dickens, and Jessica Parsons. Parsons got two of her six points on the night at the end of the third quarter when she ripped a rebound out of a Lady Eagles' hands and put it back for two just in time to beat the buzzer.
Scoring- ES- Tomlinson- 24; DuMontier- 9; Parsons- 6; Thompson- 4; Dickens- 3. FC- Erin Ward- 16; Amy Gibbard- 10.
13-14, 26-24, 51-27, 67-45
The Highlanders were too pumped up early, and the Eagles took advantage, as 6-5 post Greg Monroe, an exchange student from the Bahamas, worked inside and had 12 points by halftime.
Eureka was cold from outside until sophomore Cash Covington nailed a 3-pointer at 3:43 of the second period to give Eureka a 21-19 lead. Jake McMorrow was hitting his jumper, and finished the night with 12 points, but most came in the second half.
With foul trouble putting the Eagles on the line, it was senior Highlander Brian Abendroth who stepped up, swishing his trademark long 3-pointer with 1:30 to go to keep Eureka ahead, 24-22.
Abendroth led the team with 17 points, and made five 3-pointers on the night.
Coach Josh Hill made a defensive change to start the second half and the Highlanders exploded for 25 points, while holding Fayetteville Christian to just three.
"Fayetteville Christian played zone and our shots weren't falling," Coach Josh Hill said. "We changed to a 1-3-1 zone the second half and executed better, went to the high post and hit the boards hard."
Abendroth started the run with two 3-pointers, then Griggs Covington slammed a dunk home. Point guard John Hall added a layup, with Cash firing in another three with 30 seconds left to make it 51-27 after three periods.
Cash hit another three to start the fourth quarter, with Abendroth hitting a three and deuce, and it was 59-27 and another big win for Eureka as the bench cleaned up in the final six minutes.
Scoring- ES- Abendroth- 17, 5 3's; G. Covington- 15; C. Covington- 13, 3 3's; McMorrow- 12; 3's- Josh Enyart & Trae Thompson; 2's- Hall and Katlin Keck. Team- 9 3's. FC- Kaleb Kovach- 15; Monroe- 13.