Rhea County finishes season with loss to White County in District
Evensville, Tn — Rhea County Basketball placed two players on the regular season All-District team announced at season’s end. Jordan Wilkerson and Kaleb Laws were selected to the team. Wilkerson 538 points in 29 games this year for a 18.3 average on the year. Caleb Laws scored 249 points and snagged 173 rebounds on the year for 8.3 point per game and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Rhea County lost to White County in the opening round of district play 52-49 on a last second shot by White County. Eagles dropped behind early in this one 18-9 after first quarter and then battled back to trail 28-27 at halftime. In the third White County came back to take 38-35 lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles trailed 43-40 with 3:34 left in fourth, before they began a 9-0 run that took them to a 48-43 lead with 1:31 left in the game when Jordan Wilkerson sand a short baseline runner. Over the next minute, the Eagles missed the front end of three consecutive one and one free throw chances before Kannon Oggs ended the free throw drought with a free throw for the 49th point for Eagles with 37 second remaining to push put the lead at 49-46. It was then hero time for White County’s Grant Slatten, who would hit the game tying three pointer with 16 seconds left on the clock as he drifted over to elbow and the break and found the bottom of the basket for tying basket. Rhea County missed on their attempt to take the lead back and then fouled the Warriors as they brought the ball down the court(their 6th foul) but apparently left too much time on the clock and then with 3 seconds left, White County found Slatten open on the elbow and he hit the game winner at the buzzer, and one side of the stands went into celebration, while the other sunk in despair. A tough way to lose a game, and even more tough to lose the last game of the season and fro the seniors, the last game of their career.
Rhea County Scoring:
Eagles finish 16-14 on the year.
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