Highlanders rally in fourth quarter to clinch state tournament bid

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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.

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