Rhea County basketball wins over previously 20-4 Cookeville
Evensville, Tn — Rhea County Eagles basketball team battled all night and withstood late surge for a 57-53 win over Cookeville, who came into game with 20-4 overall record and a 4-0 district record. Rhea County came into game with 15-8 overall record and a 1-2 district record. This was a great team effort as several Eagles stepped up and played well. Jordan Wilkerson led the scoring with 23 points. There were a cluster of players in support of Wilkerson. Russell Green had a great game off bench with 8 points. Ricky Guthrie had 7 and Kannon Oggs and Gavin Stewart added 6 points. Kaleb Laws and Drake Taylor finished the scoring with 4 and 3 points respectively.
Eagles 57 Cookeville 53
First quarter was very competitive early and Jordan Wilkerson baseline jumper and floater in the lane put Eagles up 16-12 and then Kannon Oggs took steal all the way to basket to push lead to 18-12 with 1:16 left on first quarter clock and quarter ended 18-13 Eagles. Jordan Wilkerson led Eagles with 11 first quarter points.
Rhea County won second quarter by 14-13 margin to take the 32-25 halftime lead. In the second half, Cookeville cut the lead to 40-36 with three minutes remaining. A Ricky Guthrie’s basket moved the lead back to 10 at 53-43 with just over 6 minutes remaining in the game. With the lead 55-45, Jordan Wilkerson went down and did not get up for a bit. Fortunately it looked to be cramps and Jordan did get back into the game. Cookeville used a 7-0 run to narrow the deficit to 55-53 with 46 seconds left in the game. It was Kannon Oggs with the pass from Wilkerson and the drive to the basket that put a little cushion on the lead (57-53), with 8.5 seconds. Very close call on the drive as defender appeared to be in very good position for the charge but block kept the basket on the board and gave Oggs a chance for more. Oggs missed and Cookeville’s last second three attempt was corralled by Kaleb Laws as time expired and Eagles had pulled off the big upset.
After the game, Coach Daniel Curtis said, “This was the biggest game of my time here at Rhea County. It was a good effort by several players coming together on defense and offense to pull out the upset.”
Lady Eagles 72 Cookeville 66
The Lady Eagles won 72-66 over Cookeville on Friday night to run their record to 21-3. Mallory Hampton led the Lady Eagles with 19 points. Haley Cameron chipped in with 15 points, Micah Black added 12 points and Macy Welch finished with 10 points for the Lady Eagles. Caity Blevins scored 9 points, with 3 long range bombs in the second quarter and Maddie Smith added 7 points to finish the scoring for the Lady Eagles. Lady Eagles had a big night with a ton of steals as they got their hand on several passes from the Lady Cavilers. Dunaway and Savage led the Lady Cavaliers with 17 and 16 points respectively.
Cookeville put up a fight though as they did not go away on this night. After falling behind 38-23 at the half, Cookeville outscored the Lady Eagles in third and fourth quarters but not by enough to catch up with Rhea County. Cookeville had a 43-24 margin in the second half. After getting off to a 17-13 first quarter lead, Caity Blevins and Maddie Smith scored 9 and 5 points for 14 of the Lady Eagles 21 points in second quarter.
The game slowed some in the second half as Lady Eagles went to the line 27 times, making 16 free throws, with Mallory Hampton hitting on 7 of 10 free throws all by herself. Cookeville got the lead down to 45-35 with three minutes remaining in third. Lady Eagles finished strong to move the lead up to 52-38 after three quarters. Cookeville carved the lead to 56-50 with just under five minutes remaining in the game and Dunaway hit two free throws to cut led to 56-52 with 4:33 left in the game. The stayed close and Micah Black corner three pointer put Lady Eagles up 65-58 to give them little breathing room with 2:26 left in game and Lady Eagles were in command with 71-63 lead with less than a minute remaining and finished with 72-66 win.
Earlier in the week, Rhea County went on the road and came away with two wins at Sequatchie County High School.
Eagles 69 Sequatchie 42
Rhea County won 69-42 at Sequatchie earlier in the week. Leading the scoring was Jordan Wilkerson with 17. Also scoring: Kannon Oggs 3, Mason Reynolds 4, Hunter Hill 3, Drake Taylor 9, Russell Green 6, Kaleb Laws 8, Gavin Stewart 6 and Ricky Guthrie 4.
Rhea County 72 Sequatchie 50
Rhea County Lady Eagles won 72-50 at Sequatchie behind 30 points from Micah Black. Also scoring were Haley Cameron 18, Mallory Hampton 16, Maddie Smith 6, McKinley Mathis 2 and Macy Welch 2.