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Friday, February 1, 2013

Jan. 25 basketball results & a look ahead

Senior Boys:

The Highlanders won a hard fought, beginning to end, nail biter 58-53 over the Mountainburg Dragons on Friday, Jan. 25. The Scots had won the "Turn Out the Lights" game in the old gym in December over Mountainburg 67-56. It has been some time since the Scots have able to win both conference games in a season -- especially winning at Mountainburg. How sweet it is!

Mountainburg held a slim lead 11-10 at the quarter, but Eureka returned the favor and led by one 26-25 at the half. The third quarter saw the Dragons retake the lead at 44-40. But the Scots saved their best for last. They finally took the lead for good at 49-48 halfway through the fourth quarter and never gave it up.

With Coach Helder shouting "Oh no!" sophomore Trevor Lemke launched a long 3 that found nothing but net and a 52-48 lead. Big thumbs up from the coach!

The lead was 52-50 with 1:10 remaining. Since the Scots were playing keep away, they fouled Dalton Johnson, and he coolly swished 2 free throws. Mountainburg failed to score and with 13 seconds left fouled Jake McClung, who nailed 2 free throws to up the lead to 56-50.

But the Dragons still had some fire in them and showed it by nailing a 3 to cut the lead to 56-53. They then fouled Dalton Johnson again, and he immediately swished another 2 free throws for the final 58-53 win. The 6 for 6 free throws were crucial in nailing down the win. Dalton Johnson led the scoring with 14 points on 3 3's and 5/6 FT's, followed by Josh Premeau with 13, Jake McClung with 11 (5/5 FT's), Tanner Allee with 11, and Trevor Lemme with 9. Their record is now 13-13, 5-5 in the conference.

Although the Scots have 3 of their last 4 games at home, the home games are all against teams they lost to on the road: Union Christian, Johnson County Westside and league-leading Decatur. But we now have added depth and seem to be playing at a higher level as the season comes to an end.

Senior Girls:

It is tough to compete against deeper, more athletic teams in the upper level of the conference (and state). The Lady Dragons came out with fire in their eyes after losing a heart breaker at Magazine on Tuesday night on a last second half-court shot to lose by 2. Magazine is now rated No. 4 in the state and Mountainburg is No. 5.

Pressure was the difference in the game, and the Lady Highlanders just couldn't handle it and trailed 27-1 at the quarter and 48-9 at the half. With a running clock and the pressure lifted, the second half was won by Mountainburg only 21-16.

The score at the third quarter was 60-19 and the final was 69-25. Scoring was led by Taylor Osterhout with 14 points, followed by Jazmin Urioste with 7 and Abbey Moore with 4. Their record is now 9-17, 2-8 in conference.

With 4 remaining conference games, 3 at home and 3 against teams in the lower half of the conference, and 2 of the teams who the Lady Scots have already beaten, they have a chance to up their seeding position for the district tourney.

The remaining four girls' games are Friday, Feb. 1 at Hartford; Saturday, Feb. 2 at home vs. Johnson County Westside (make-up games); Tuesday, Feb. 5 at home vs. Decatur.; and Thursday, Feb. 7 at home vs. Union Christian.

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The games scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29 were postponed due to extensive flu at Union Christian. They have been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 4 p.m. There will be no Junior high games.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 against Decatur is Senior Night. Please come out as we bid farewell to senior girls Taylor Osterhout and Jazmin Urioste, and senior boys Tanner Allee, Josh Premeau and Andrew Ritter.

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