ES gets gritty win at Homecoming game

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Eureka Springs Highlanders gutted

out a 45-35 homecoming win Friday night

against Kingston.

“The first thing I told the guys in the

locker room was we hate to lose pretty,

but we love to win ugly,” Eureka Springs

coach Brian Rambo said.

Junior Garrett Cross led the Highlanders

with 18 points despite getting in foul

trouble early in the second quarter.

“We were still plus one with him sitting

on the bench for that six minute stretch,”

Rambo said. “It was kind of good for our

basketball team in a way because you hate

to depend on one guy. We had an opportunity

to play without him.”

Eureka Springs had an early 10-2 lead,

as Garrett Cross and Slade Clark each

scored five points. The Yellowjackets

fought back, though and had a 15-14 lead

minutes into the second quarter. Baskets

by Dalton Arnold and Brandon Ray enabled

the Highlanders to take a 21-18 lead

into halftime. Rambo said it was nice for

Eureka Springs being able to get a conference

win on homecoming.

“I told my guys that as you grow older

and go through life you have memories of

the game,” Rambo said. “The one thing

you don’t want to remember is going out

and getting your butt beat.”

Cross scored the first five points of

the third quarter, as he helped extend the

Highlander lead to 31-25 going into the

fourth quarter. The Highlanders (10-5)

host Hartford on Tuesday and Rambo said

it would be great if they could have a fourgame

winning streak heading into Christmas

Break.

“It would be huge to get to 11 wins and

keep the momentum going,” Rambo said.

“Hopefully turn the corner. We all know

what happened last year after the break.

We went on a big run with big wins over

Alpena, Omaha, Green Forest and Berryville.

We are kind of hoping for the same

thing here.”

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Kingston 49, Eureka Springs 37

The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders

led by seven points at halftime, but only

scored eight points in the second half en

route to Friday’s homecoming loss.

Emily Bird made two three-pointers in

the first quarter for the Lady Highlanders

and Katelyn Ross added another as Eureka

Springs led 13-12 at the end of the

first quarter. Baskets by Gracie Lester and

Grayson Ertel gave the Lady Highlanders

a 29-22 halftime lead.

“The girls came out tonight and played

a great first half,” Eureka Springs coach

Adam Brothers said. “We just couldn’t put

two halves together.”

Baskets by Megan Holloway and Ross

extended that lead to 11 early in the third

quarter, but the Lady Yellowjackets went

on a 21-0 run to take a 43-33 lead midway

through the fourth quarter and get the

victory.

“The girls have worked hard all year

long and are getting better by the game,”

Brothers said. “If we can stay out of foul

trouble and make good decisions on the

offensive end, we should make an impact

by tournament time.”

Holloway finished the game with 12

points, while Ross had 11 and Lester

scored eight.

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