After loss to Stone in Championship, Rhea hosts Walker on Friday at 7 pm.
Evensville, TN — Rhea County Lady Eagles finished 2nd in the District Tournament after losing to Stone Memorial on Monday night 71-64. As the 2nd seed the Lady Eagles will host Walker Valley on Friday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm. Three Lady Eagles were selected to the All-Tournament team. Those three included Micah Black, Mallory Hampton and Haley Cameron.
Stone Memorial 71 Rhea County 64
Stone Memorial used turnovers and missed shots to jump out to 10-0 lead on the Lady Eagles. Mallory Hampton hit a long jumper at head of the key to put the Lady Eagles on the board at 5:54 left in first quarter. Stone put together another 8-0 run to push the lead to 18-2 and Micah Black’s reverse layup gave Lady Eagles second basket and 18-4 deficit with 2:57 left in the quarter. Micah Black hit a corner three for the only other points of the quarter as Stone led 23-7 after one quarter. Emma Capps the Lady Panther post had 10 points to lead Stone with six of those coming from long range.
Micah Black score the first points of the second quarter with three free throws to cup the Lady Panther lead to 27-10 with 5:59 left in second quarter. Mallory Hampton scored two free throws to cut the Stone lead to 29-14 with 3:16 remaining in the first half. Stone pushed the lead up to 17 with the 35-18 halftime lead. Capps had 16 points to lead Stone in the first half.
It took a couple of minutes to get the lead down to single digits and with 5:50, Haley Cameron nailed a elbow three to cut the lead to 37-28. With 4:17 left in third and Lady Eagles trailing 40-31, Maddie Smith picked up her 4th foul and Rhea lost their floor leader, passer and defender for a few minutes. Smith was back into the game at the end of the third quarter. With 1:16 left in third the Lady Eagles were still at single digits 46-37 before a 6-0 run by Stone put the third quarter lead at 52-37 and Lady Eagles had a big deficit to make up in one quarter but they had the offense to do it.
Micah Black hit a three to cut the deficit to 60-53 with 4:47 left in game but Stone came back Black fouled out with 3:01 left and trailing 65-55 and Lady Eagles lost their best shooter. As clock hit 1:26, Rhea County had whittled the lead to 66-60 after two Mallory Hampton free throws, but seconds later Maddie Smith fouled out leaving Lady Eagles without their multi-faceted player. Stone missed some free throws down stretch, but Lady Eagles could not take advantage and final score went up 71-64. Stone took 38 free throws on the night as Lady Eagles were in foul trouble for much of the night. Stone hit 27-38 free throws on the night and Lady Eagles went 13-13. Int he fourth quarter, Stone hit 13 of 19 free throws. Rhea County did hit 10 three point baskets in second half, but could not make the stops it needed to win this one.
Micah Black had 22 points(five threes) to lead the Lady Eagle scoring and had double digit rebounds as well as several steals. Haley Cameron and Mallory Hampton had 15 points for the Lady Eagles. Macy Welch had 6 points and Mariah Martin and Caity Blevins each has 3 points to complete the scoring.
Emma Capps had 22 to lead Stone and Johnson and Miller added 16 and 15 points respectively. Boyd had 11 to complete the double digit scorers for Stone. Also scoring were Frietag(3) and Eldridge(2).