Highlanders drop 2 to 4A opponents

Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Eureka Springs Highlanders’ 11-game, season-opening winning streak is over, but that doesn’t mean the sky is falling.

Facing a pair of 4A opponents last week, the Class 2A Highlanders lost at home to Huntsville on Tuesday, Nov. 16, by a score of 51-44 and then lost at Pea Ridge last Friday, 44-31.

Against Huntsville, the Highlanders held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before the Eagles rallied to pull out the win. Coach Brian Rambo said the Highlanders will learn from that experience.

“We just kind of got frantic and gave the game away,” he said. “We did some things that seasoned basketball teams just don’t do. … But I told my guys, we’re no worse off after the game than we were before the game. They don’t give out trophies for nonconference games. Every game until we get to conference is a learning opportunity for us.”

Against Pea Ridge, the Highlanders shot just 28.6 percent from the floor (10 for 35), including 7 for 27 (25.9 percent) from three-point range. Junior forward Dylan Johnson led the Highlanders with 13 points.

“I feel like it’s probably the first time all year that we got outplayed,” Rambo said. “We just didn’t shoot well. The score wasn’t really indicative of how close the game was. It was a two-possession game late in the fourth quarter, then we had to foul and let it get away from us.”

The Highlanders will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 30, hosting Decatur.

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