Lady Highlanders building a foundation
Ryan Sanchez knew that rebuilding the Eureka Springs girls basketball program wasn’t going to happen overnight. The Lady Highlanders, after all, had won just nine games combined over the previous three seasons.
“We’re building a foundation, creating a culture,” said Sanchez, a 1994 Eureka Springs graduate. “We know it’s going to take some time. But I’m impatient. I want it to happen right now.”
The Lady Highlanders won’t be state title contenders this season, but they are showing plenty of signs of progress. Tuesday’s 57-21 victory over St. Paul was Eureka Springs’ fifth victory on the court this season. Officially, the Lady Highlanders are 6-6, including a forfeit victory over Mount Judea.
Last Friday, Eureka Springs defeated Oark 44-22 on homecoming night.
“It was good to be back home, in front of our home crowd,” said Sanchez, whose team had dropped a pair of games earlier in the week against Greenland and Bergman in the Queens of the Court tournament at Green Forest.
Sanchez said his team spread the ball around against Oark.
“We were pretty balanced,” he said. “We finally made some open shots. We’re starting to put some things together.”
The Lady Highlanders continue to be led by junior post players Megan Holloway and Shelby Little, who give Eureka Springs a solid presence on the inside.
“When the guards can hit some outside shots, we can score,” Sanchez said.
The Lady Highlanders will host Ridge on Thursday before traveling to Berryville on Friday.