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.
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.