After a slow start, the Lady Eagles gained momentum and a victory with a punishing win over Ooltewah.
Coming off a huge district win the previous evening over undefeated Cumberland County, the Lady Eagles struggled in the 1st quarter scoring only 8 points. Lady Eagles quickly caught fire in the 2nd quarter, scoring 30 pts to Ooltewah’s 8 pts. Lady Eagles took a 38-17 lead to the locker room at the half.
I'm proud of our kids. We did some good things in the first quarter but didn't finish, didn't make shots. Once we started making shots and getting into transition, we took over and did what we normally do. Put the ball on the floor and shoot the ball.Coach Shane Johnston - Lady Eagles
The 3rd quarter was more of the same as the Lady Eagles added 4 pts to their lead, 52-27 at the end of the 3rd. The Lady Eagles used their heads and the clock to ultimately secure the 68-32 victory over the Lady Owls.
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The Lady Eagles shot 25/61 – 40% from the floor, 5/15 – 33% from behind the arc, and 8/11 – 72% from the line. Non-scoring stats for the Lady Eagles are 8 assists, 4 blocks, 46 rebounds, and 9 steals. Great team effort by Rhea County. The Lady Eagles are now 14-4 (2-1 Class AAA-Dist 6).
Individual Lady Eagle Scores:
- Megan Revis – 5 pts
- Katie Loden – 3 pts
- Jessee Wallis – 22 pts
- Shelby Thurman – 10 pts
- Julie Brown – 15 pts
- Amber Levi – 13 pts
Played but didn’t score: Freeman, Miles, Keen, McClendon, Rader, Carder
Coach’s Corner with Coach Johnston
“I’m proud of our kids. We expected a little bit of a let down after the big win Friday over Crossville.”
“We did some good things in the first quarter but didn’t finish, didn’t make shots. Once we started making shots and getting into transition, we took over and did what we normally do. Put the ball on the floor and shoot the ball.”
With district home games on the horizon, Coach Johnston says, “We need a crowd here for the rest of these games.“
Game Photos by Gary Bolden
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