Highlanders cut turnovers, roll over Cotter
COTTER --Turnovers have been the Achilles' heel for the Eureka Springs Highlanders all year.
On Friday night, though, the Highlanders were the team forcing turnovers instead of committing them. The result was a 46-32 victory over Cotter.
Eureka Springs, which had committed at least 20 turnovers in each of its previous three games, had 11 against Cotter while forcing 23 turnovers by the Warriors.
Highlanders Coach Brian Rambo said he is proud of the way his team performed and hopes this is a sign of things to come.
"When you take care of the basketball, good things will happen," Rambo said. "We didn't press a single possession the entire night, and when you force 23 turnovers in the halfcourt, that's pretty good."
The Highlanders led 27-20 at halftime, but went on a 15-4 run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Highlanders were only able to score four points in the fourth quarter, and while the defense held Cotter to seven points, Rambo knows the Eureka Springs offense will have to improve.
"It wasn't a perfect storm because we didn't shoot it that well, but when we guard that well, good things happen," Rambo said.
Rambo has been looking for his team to have a good performance, and now that it has finally happened he hopes it will carry over into conference play, which is only two weeks away.
"We feel like we finally have it headed in the right direction now," Rambo said. "Defensively, if we get stops, and take care of the basketball, and share the ball offensively, then we feel like we have a great chance to win. Our confidence right now is sky high."
Dalton Kesner had 16 points and three steals. Reggie Sanchez had 13 points and nine assists. Trevor Lemme added eight points.
Next up for Eureka Springs (7-3) is a home game at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. against West Fork.
Cotter 55, Eureka Springs 34
The third quarter made the difference as Cotter pulled away from a halftime tie and went on to defeat Eureka Springs.
Cotter outscored the Lady Highlanders 22-4 in the third quarter to turn a 17-17 tie into a 39-21 lead.
"We need to work hard on the boards and not allow teams to get second-chance points, but overall we are improving as a team," Eureka Springs Coach Adam Brothers said.
Taylor Little scored 11 points for the Lady Highlanders (3-7). Hayden Mayfield had nine points. Deidra Asmus had seven points, Molly Montez added four and Corinna Green finished with three points.