Tuesday night Rhea County High School opened its 2016-2017 Basketball season against Signal Mountain. Both the Eagles and Lady Eagles out paced and out scored Signal Mountain for opening night victories.
Lady Eagles opened up strong on the feathers of Junior standout Micah Black and promising Freshman Mallory Hampton. Throughout most of the first half the Lady Eagles were knocking down three pointers and putting tight pressure on the Signal Mountain offensive attack forcing turnovers and missed shots to give the half time score 37-20 in favor of Rhea County.
Second half the Lady Eagles continued the game plan that proved successful as new Head Coach Darvin Gill played his entire bench showing his depth as the Lady Eagles continued to fly circles around Signal Mountain for a 68-41 victory.
Micah Black led the Lady Eagles with 24 points.
Coach Gill said “It is important to win the season opener for the girls could finally see what their hard work in practice and conditioning did, but we don’t get to enjoy it very long because we have a tough McMinn County team on Thursday we have to get ready for.”
In the boys game the Eagles of Rhea County and the Eagles of Signal Mountain battled through most of the 1st quarter swapping basket for basket until Rhea County caught wind and pulled ahead in the second quarter. Rhea County’s hot streak quickly faded as Signal forced turnovers that turned into points giving Signal a half time lead of 38-31.
The third quarter Rhea County began to battled back to cut into Signals lead, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Sophomore Kannon Oggs put the game on his shoulders to carry the Eagles above the smoke to give Rhea County the opening night victory 81-73.
Kannon Oggs led the Eagles with 17 points, 11 coming in the fourth quarter.
Head Coach Daniel Curtis said “Its very exciting to get the win tonight. I feel like a load has been lifted off my chest. Tonight was very important for our confidence.”