Highlanders forced to cancel home games

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Eureka Springs Highlanders used the holiday break to rest up and give some nagging injuries time to heal, then they returned to the court with a 30-point win at Haas Hall Bentonville on Jan. 4.

Then, just as soon as the Highlanders’ season had resumed, it was put on hold again.

Eureka Springs’ scheduled boys and girls games at Flippin on Jan. 7 were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. Boys coach and athletic director Brian Rambo said Monday morning that he hoped Tuesday night’s home games against Yellville-Summit would be played as scheduled, but he was concerned.

Rambo said there were positive cases among players on both the junior high and high school girls teams as well as the junior high boys.

“So far my senior high boys don’t have any positive cases, but we’ve been exposed and they all had to be quarantined,” Rambo said. “We’re trying to get our game in tomorrow but we’re kind of nervous about it. Right now, it’s on, but that could change in a heartbeat.”

Rambo said he was pleased with the Highlanders’ performance against Haas Hall despite some cold shooting in the first half.

“That’s to be expected because we’d been off so long, but we played a tremendous third quarter,” Rambo said.

The Highlanders outscored Haas Hall 22-6 in the third quarter after leading 37-19 at halftime.

Senior guard Matthew Lester led Eureka Springs (17-3, 7-0 2A-1) with 23 points and added seven rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Dylan Johnson added 15 points and junior center Shane Holloway had 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Eureka Springs’ girls picked up a pair of easy wins early last week, rolling to a 57-11 victory over Arkansas Arts Academy on Monday, Jan. 3, before getting back on the court the next night for a 58-12 win over Haas Hall Bentonville.

“Those are the kind of games where we just try to execute our stuff,” Eureka Springs coach Kyle Farrar said. “We did do that. We were able to work on our sets and that sort of thing.”

Senior guard Olivia Cross and sophomore guard Brandessa Armer each scored 15 points in the win over Arkansas Arts Academy, with senior guard Alura Lamar adding 10.

Senior forward Mackenzie Loudermilk led the Lady Highlanders (12-7, 4-2) with 15 points against Haas Hall Bentonville, while Armer scored 11.

In addition to Tuesday’s scheduled game against Yellville-Summit at Highlander Arena, Eureka Springs is scheduled to host Alpena on Friday.

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