RCHS Eagles brought the battle to White County but ultimately fell short against a tough White County team.
Friday, January 24, 2014
I thought they were very focused. This team is tough. We are very close to being a dangerous team.Coach Mike Phillips - Rhea County Golden Eagles
Despite winning 70-31 earlier in the season, White County found themselves in a battle tonight. The 13-4 Spartans jumped up on Rhea County early finishing the 1st quarter with a 12-7 lead. Picking up where they left off in the 1st quarter, the Spartans went on an 8-1 run to start the second.
Logan Hunter ended the drought for Rhea County with a much needed 3 pointer with 1:30 remaining in the half. A steal by Rhea County’s Dimitrius Patterson is quickly converted into an easy score. The rally is continued by Noel Patterson with another steal resulting in a 1-1 trip to the line. The rally brings Rhea County within 6 points at the half, 22-16.
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Coach Phillips must have sharpened their claws at halftime. The Eagles come out with a tenacious defense creating chaos for the Spartans. Dimitrius Patterson drew first blood in the second half with a 3 from behind the arc. Noel Patterson begins a flurry of steals resulting in lay-ups plus one a the line.
After a tied game at 24 all, White County sinks a 3 pointer on two consecutive possessions edging ahead to a 36-32 advantage. Lee Hill closes the 3rd quarter for the Eagles with a clean blocked shot against the wall.
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Spartans begin the 4th with 3 pointer from Croslaud. Logan Hunter answers with his 2nd 3 of the night for Rhea County. White County finds themselves with a 9 point lead and begins to burn every second they can off the clock. Advantage White County as the time runs out, 59-41.
Golden Eagle Coach Mike Phillips says, “I thought they were very focused. This team is tough. We are very close to being a dangerous team.” Coach Phillips continues by saying, “If we are a 6th seed team in the district tourney… I wouldn’t want to be the 3rd seed team facing us.”
Rhea County will have only one day to rest and will have a short practice on Sunday to prepare for Monday’s district match-up with Cookeville.
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Golden Eagle Scoring
- Noel Patterson – 16 points
- Dimitrius Patterson – 11 points
- Logan Hunter – 6 points
- Lee Hill – 4 points
- Bryan Harrison – 3 points
- Keith Hall – 1 point
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Game photos by Gary Bolden