Warriors defeat Highlanders, 68-60

Warriors defeat Highlanders, 68-60


Warriors defeat Highlanders, 68-60


COTTER — An 11-0 third-quarter run gave Cotter a 16-point lead, and the Warriors never allowed their lead to slip below eight the rest of the way, picking up a 68-60 victory over the Eureka Springs Highlanders on Homecoming night Friday at Cotter Coliseum.

When Eureka Springs’ Dalton Kesner hit a 3-pointer to bring the Highlanders within 39-34, the Warriors scored 11 straight to take a 50-34 advantage.

Cotter post Taran Eaton scored, and Maddux Adams — who scored 11 of his team-high 22 points in the third quarter — hit two free throws and drained a 3 to make it 46-34. Matthew Gorbet and Eaton each scored to finish the run with 2:34 left in the third.

Adams hit another trey to end the third, giving the Warriors a 55-40 lead going into the final period.

Eureka Springs scored the first five of the fourth quarter, and the visitors pulled within 57-49 with 5:11 remaining on a bucket by J.M. Gregg.

Gorbet responded with an old-fashioned 3-point play, and the Warriors did not allow the lead to slip to eight again until the final score. Cotter led by as much as 68-53 in the fourth when Dawson Burns scored a layup on a back-door pass from Landon Martin.

Gorbet and Eaton tossed in 15 points each to aid Adams’ total. Reggie Sanchez scored 23 points — 10 in the fourth quarter — to pace the Highlanders, who defeated Cotter earlier in the season at Eureka Springs.

Cotter's Shawn White is pressured by Eureka Springs' Matthew McClung during the Warriors' 68-60 victory on Friday night.

Cotter’s Shawn White is pressured by Eureka Springs’ Matthew McClung during the Warriors’ 68-60 victory on Friday night.

The Warriors led 16-13 after one quarter, and Eaton scored the first two baskets of the second to push the lead to 20-13.

Eureka Springs climbed to within two, but Cotter stretched its lead to eight when Gorbet scored to make it 32-24 with 1:48 left in the half. The Warriors held a 36-29 halftime lead.


Sanchez 23, McClung 12, Kesner 9, Gregg 9, Holloway 4, Mendez 3.


Adams 22, Gorbet 15, Eaton 15, Burns 7, Martin 6, Dearmore 3.

EUREKA 13 16 11 20 — 60

COTTER 16 20 19 13 — 68

Lady Warriors 73,

Lady Highlanders 24

Cotter held Eureka Springs without a made field goal for the first 10:42 and cruised to an easy homecoming victory.

Alexa Wooten and Makayla Bramblett combined to stake the Lady Warriors to an 11-0 lead before the visitors got on the scoreboard.

Aurora Fields made 1 of 2 free throws at the 3:22 mark to get the Lady Highlanders on the board, but Cotter went on to hold a 16-1 lead at the end of one.

Cotter's Alexa Wooten goes between Eureka Springs' Azziah Brothers, left, and Aurora Fields, right, to put up a shot on Friday night.

Cotter’s Alexa Wooten goes between Eureka Springs’ Azziah Brothers, left, and Aurora Fields, right, to put up a shot on Friday night.

The Cotter lead grew to 22-1 on a layup by Hanny Garay, and Eureka Springs did not make a shot until Azziah Brothers hit a 3-pointer with 5:18 left in the half.

The Lady Warriors led 27-4 after a basket by Marie Reed, and Brothers answered with a long 3 for Eureka Springs.

Cotter — which defeated Eureka Springs earlier in the season in a much closer game (56-37) — went on to hold a 38-8 lead at halftime as eight different Cotter players scored in the opening half.

The Lady Warriors upped their lead to 40 when a layup by Garay made it 50-10 midway through the third. Cotter led 64-16 going into the fourth.

A bucket by Aubrey Taylor to open the final stanza stretched the lead to 50 points, and Cotter led by as much as 52 when a trey by Megan Urban made it 70-18.

Savannah Manis paced Cotter’s balanced attack with 11 points, while Wooten and Reed notched nine apiece. Brothers led Eureka Springs with a game-high 14 points.


Brothers 14, Malone 6, Fields 4.


Manis 11, Wooten 9, Reed 9, Clawson 8, Garay 8, Bramblett 8, R.Martin 7, Urban 6, Taylor 4, S.Martin 2, Moudy 1.

EUREKA 1 7 8 8 — 24

COTTER 16 22 26 9 — 73

Junior Highlanders 48,

Junior Warriors 43, OT

Cotter saw a 33-11, second-half lead slip away, and after Eureka Springs tied it 40-40 to end regulation, the Junior Highlanders went on to take an overtime victory.

Cotter scored the first 11 of the game and led 13-2 at the end of one quarter. The Junior Warriors led 30-11 at halftime and by as many as 22 in the second half before Eureka Springs cut the lead to 36-25 to end the third quarter.

Eureka Springs pulled within 40-38 with 43 seconds remaining on two free throws by Slade Clark. The Junior Highlanders forced a jump ball with 22 seconds left, and Carter Drennan scored underneath the basket with 9.8 seconds left to knot the score and force overtime, where Eureka Springs outscored the hosts 8-3.

Dylan Dwyer led Cotter with 16 points — 14 in the first half — while Cole Adams added 13, Payton Smith totaled nine, Jarod Dewey notched three and Isaac Jones chipped in two.

Clark and Garrett Cross led Eureka Springs with 18 points apiece.

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