Highlanders keep rolling

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Eureka Springs Highlanders used the holiday break to rest up and give some nagging injuries time to heal, then they returned to the court and picked up a pair of easy victories.

The Highlanders defeated Haas Hall Bentonville 67-37 on Jan. 4 in Bentonville, then beat Yellville-Summit 69-24 on Tuesday at Highlander Arena.

Eureka Springs’ scheduled boys and girls games at Flippin on Jan. 7 were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

Coach Brian Rambo said he was pleased with the Highlanders’ performance against Haas Hall despite some cold shooting in the first half.

“That’s to be expected because we’d been off so long, but we played a tremendous third quarter,” Rambo said.

The Highlanders outscored Haas Hall 22-6 in the third quarter after leading 37-19 at halftime.

Senior guard Matthew Lester led Eureka Springs with 23 points and added seven rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Dylan Johnson added 15 points and junior center Shane Holloway had 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Johnson made seven of the Highlanders’ 13 three-pointers and scored 25 points in Tuesday’s win over Yellville-Summit, while senior guard Teagan Farriester added 11 points. Holloway and senior forward Kegley Ertel added 10 points apiece for Eureka Springs (18-3, 8-0 2A-1).

Eureka Springs’ girls picked up a pair of easy wins early last week, rolling to a 57-11 victory over Arkansas Arts Academy on Monday, Jan. 3, before getting back on the court the next night for a 58-12 win over Haas Hall Bentonville.

“Those are the kind of games where we just try to execute our stuff,” Eureka Springs coach Kyle Farrar said. “We did do that. We were able to work on our sets and that sort of thing.”

Senior guard Olivia Cross and sophomore guard Brandessa Armer each scored 15 points in the win over Arkansas Arts Academy, with senior guard Alura Lamar adding 10.

Senior forward Mackenzie Loudermilk led the Lady Highlanders (12-7, 4-2) with 15 points against Haas Hall Bentonville, while Armer scored 11.

The Lady Highlanders lost to Yellville-Summit on Tuesday, 57-33.

Rambo said Wednesday morning that Friday’s scheduled home games against Alpena have been canceled because of COVID-19 issues. The Highlanders were looking for another opponent in hopes of playing Thursday or Friday.

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