Lady Eagles win & Eagles lose a thriller
Evensville, TN — The Rhea County Lady Eagles ran their district record to 5-1 and overall record to 22-4 on Friday night at home. The Eagles lost a tough one 65-64.
The Lady Eagles got off to 7-0 start against Warren but then Warren chipped away at the lead and then went on a 12-5 run with 4 consecutive three points baskets to go from 11-6 deficit to 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Warren began the second quarter with another three point basket to take 21-15 lead. Haley Cameron lead a comeback with four of six points in 6-0 run that tied the game at 21-21. Then came their own streak of five straight three points baskets. Mariah Martin began the steak and then it was Maddie Smith, Mallory Hampton, Micah Black and lastly Haley Cameron with three point baskets, all unanswered by Warren that resulted in 36-21 lead for the Lady Eagles. The Lady Eagles continued the scoring barrage and a Mallory Hampton three point basket just before the buzzer made the final margin 43-23 at the half.
The third quarter was a 16-8 advantage for the Lady Eagles with just one three point basket. But the Lady Eagles were not done with the three point display. In the fourth quarter they went back to outside the arc for five more three point baskets to make it 14 for the game. Mariah Martin had two three pointers to lead the way. Final score was 82-43 as eight different Lady Eagles made a three. On the night the Lady Eagles made 14-25 three point baskets. Maddie Smith was on the passing end of several of those as well as some two point baskets to accumulate twelve assists on the night. The win put the Lady Eagles district record at 5-1 and overall record to 22-4 with district games remaining against White County and Stone Memorial, the team that tagged the Lady Eagles with their only district loss of the season.
Micah Black, Mallory Hampton and Haley Cameron led the way with 21, 16 and 15 points each for 52 points combined. Also scoring for Lady Eagles were: Mariah Martin 9, Maddie Smith 5, Ashton Cameron 5, Maddie Taylor 3, Macy Welch 3, Caity Blevins 3 and McKinley Mathis 2 points.
After the game coach Darvin Gill said, “I told the girls before the game, that the best way to honor the seniors was to get a win. It is always nice to let the Seniors go out on a high note. We were not able to do that last year.”
“We shot 15-24 from the three point range tonight and we had eight different girls hit the three. Everybody on our team has the green light from beyond the arc. We are gonna shot the ball. I tell the girls, if you are open, let it fly. We have been shooting well in practice.”
“We got to get focused, we have to play White County at Sparta. Sparta is the toughest place to play in the district and one of the toughest places in the state to play. I will be going up against my mentor and he was 3-0 against me last year. They have had some setbacks but they are a good team. He will have them prepared to play us after the loss to us earlier this season. Should be a great basketball environment.”
Warren County 65 Rhea County 64
Warren County came out with three early inside baskets to take a 6-2 lead. Eagles battled back to cut lead to 8-7 but Warren went on run to push the lead to 19-14 at end of first quarter. The second quarter was all Eagles as Ricky Guthrie and Jordan Wilkerson each added 6 points to a 22-10 advantage on the quarter for Rhea County that gave the Eagles a 31-29 halftime lead.
Warren took the early third quarter lead with a three point basket and continued to battle and trailed 46-44 with three minutes remaining in third quarter. Eagles committed thee consecutive turnovers near end of third quarter and Warren took advantage for a 48-47 lead at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth quarter the teams traded lead early with Ricky Guthrie lead the Eagles with two of his team high eight points in the fourth quarter. Warren erased a 54-51 lead with 7-0 streak to go on top 58-54. Kaleb Laws had a nice drive for bucket to keep Eagles within four points(62-58) with just under two minutes remaining. Later a Guthrie basket cut the lea to 64-62 with just over a minute remaining. Warren then put the ball into freeze mode and finally Rhea fouled and Warren added one of two free throws to push margin to 65-62 with time running out. Rhea County had a couple of three point attempts fall short and then had one more chance after Warren missed the front end of a one and one but only could get a Hunter Hill two points basketball before the final 1.2 seconds, which ticked off the clock on the in bounds play for Warren and Eagles has lost a tough one 65-64.
Ricky Guthrie continued his good play of late with 16 points to lead the Eagles. Jordan Wilkerson added 15 points and Kaleb Laws also made double figures with 10 points. Also scoring were Hunter Hill and Jaden Austin with 8 points, Russell Green with 5 points and Kannon Oggs with 2 points.
The loss drops Rhea County’s record to 2-4 in district and 16-10 overall.
Coach Daniel Curtis said, “We lost a tough one. We did not play well down the stretch. We will put this one behind us and move on.”
On the night, the Rhea County seniors were honored as well as players from the Rhea County Youth basketball league.
In a special presentation, local Doctor Daniel Black(father of Micah Black) was given a beautiful plaque showing the appreciation of Rhea County community and schools for the many contributions of Doctor Black.