Highlanders rally in fourth quarter to clinch state tournament bid
By Scott Loftis
The Eureka Springs Highlanders are going to the state tournament. The Highlanders rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to beat Danville 31-28 in the first round of the 2A West Regional Tournament at Danville. The win assures the Highlanders of a state bid. They will play a regional semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Senior guard Garrett Cross put the Highlanders ahead for good when he hit a driving layup with 52 seconds left for a 29-28 lead. He added two free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining to give Eureka Springs a three-point lead.
Danville freshman guard Tarrel Macon put up a three-point shot just before the final buzzer that would have tied the game. The ball went in and out of the basket, clinching the Eureka Springs win.
The Highlanders (31-5) have won 17 consecutive games, a winning streak that has lasted more than two months. Their semifinal opponent will be the winner of Thursday night's first-round game between Hackett and Flippin.
The Class 2A state tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Carlisle High School.