Eagles and Lady Eagles win opening Eagle Classic games
Evensville, TN — The Rhea County basketball teams both came away with wins in the opening games of the Rhea County Christmas Classic on Friday night in Evensville. The Eagles came from early deficit to take lead and battle down the stretch to win 72-68. The Eagles scored 55 first half points to take an overwhelming 55-17 lead on their way to 79-29 win.
Lady Eagles 79 Owls 29
Several Eagles scored early before Micah Black took over scoring for the Eagles with 10 first quarter points on way to 23-9 first quarter bulge. Second quarter belonged to Haley Cameron as she outscored Lady Owls 15-8 with a couple of thee point baskets thrown in as Lady Eagle led 55-17 at the half.
Third quarter was ugly with Lady Eagles outscoring Lady Owls 8-3 to boost lead to 63-20. Lady Eagles finished off game with 16-8 fourth quarter for final 79-29 win. Haley Cameron topped all scorers with 29 points with 4 three point baskets. Mallory Hampton, Micah Black and McKinley Mathis also hit double figures in scoring column with 15, 13 and 12 points respectively.
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An unexciting as the girls’ game was, the boys was not. Early in contest, the Owls carved out a nice lead. Eagles scored first basket with 5:40 left on clock to trail 7-2 early. One minute later a three point basket pushed the Owl lead to 13-4 and up to 18-7 with 3:30 left in quarter. A Gavin Stewart basket with 2:07 left put Eagles in double figures, but trailing 19-11. First quarter ended with Eagles trailing 23-15.
Second quarter got things going for Eagles with 16-8 advantage for 31-31 tie at the half. 3rd quarter the Eagles took the lead with Jordan Wilkerson scoring 9 points as Eagles led 49-45 at quarter’s end.
In the last quarter, Eagles could not shake the Owls. Jordan Wilkerson heated up from three point range with 3 three point baskets to lead the Eagles in the fourth quarter and then it was Kannon Oggs with two big free throws to give Eagles 71-68 lead in the last minute. Then it appeared that Owls had potential to tie the game up on a drive to the basket with and one potential. But Owls were called for traveling on the drive(good call from my angle) and Eagles got the ball back. Eagles gave the Owls new life with turnover but Owls responded with their own turnover and Eagles threw down court pass in final seconds and Russell Green tacked on a free throw to put Eagles up 72-68. Last second miss by Owls and Eagles had the win 72-68.
After the game coach Curtis said, “We made this one closer than it should have been, but a win is a win.”
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