Lady Highlanders roll, claim Homecoming win

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Eureka Springs sophomore guard Brandessa Armer drives to the basket against Haas Hall of Rogers on Friday, Oct. 29.
Robert Cox / Lovely County Citizen

It’s a cliche, but it’s true: You can only beat the team in front of you.

That was the assignment last Friday night for the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders, and they accomplished it with ease.

The Lady Highlanders raced to a 37-point halftime lead on the way to a 54-10 victory over Haas Hall of Rogers on Homecoming night at Highlander Arena.

Senior guard Olivia Cross, who was crowned as the school’s Homecoming queen and Miss Basketball in ceremonies earlier in the evening, scored all of her 11 points in the first half as Eureka Springs outscored Haas Hall 38-1.

Haas Hall’s only first-half point came on a banked-in free throw with less than a minute to play in the first quarter. That made it 15-1 before Eureka Springs closed the first half on a 23-0 run.

Senior forward Mackenzie Loudermilk scored a game-high 14 points for the Lady Highlanders.

Eureka Springs coach Kyle Farrar said the victory should give the Lady Highlanders some added confidence.

“For pretty much everything that we’ve tried to do for the first part of the season, they’ve got to see that if we execute it right, it can work,” Farrar said. “Now it’s not going to work every single time as well as it has so far, but we’re not worried about that. We’re still just trying to get better. All I’m worried about is that every single game we get a little bit better.”

The Lady Highlanders lost their conference opener on Tuesday, falling to Alpena 43-34 at Highlander Arena.

Eureka Springs will play at St. Paul on Thursday and at Lead Hill on Friday.

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