Lady Eagles defend nest against Cookeville

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Julie Brown hit 16 to lead Rhea County from early deficit to a 44-39 win.  Brown nears 1000 point club.

Monday, January 27, 2014

On Monday the Rhea County Lady Eagles hosted Cookeville Lady Cavaliers in a District 6-AAA match-up.  The Lady Cavaliers came into the game with an 11-10 overall record and 3-2 in District Play.  Rhea County came into the game with 15-5 and 3-2 records.

We have not looked good on offense for the last three weeks.  We did manage to keep the score low against Cookeville so we did not dig too big a hole
Coach Shane Johnston - Rhea County Lady Eagles

Rhea County dug a hole early as they missed on an assortment of shots from short and long range on their way to a 7-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter.  In the second quarter Rhea County fell behind 12-2 early in the quarter.  Julie Brown made an old fashioned three point play with the basket and free throw combination to pull Rhea County with 15-7 with 4:26 left in the second quarter.  Julie went inside for two more baskets over the next couple of minutes and Megan Revis hit a late three from the corner to keep Rhea County close as they were down 18-14 at the halftime buzzer.

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Julie Brown continued to work down low for inside points early but then went outside for a big three to continue to keep the Lady Eagles in the game 27-21.  Cookeville took a 30-24 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter but Rhea County held the Lady Cavaliers scoreless the rest of the quarter while the Lady Eagles got a basket by Thurman and a free throw by Levi to cut the lead to 30-27 at the end of the quarter.

Amber Levi hit an early basket and then with 5:46 left in the fourth quarter she hit a three from the corner to give the Lady Eagles their first lead of the night at 32-30.  Two more long range shots, one by Thruman and one by Levi, helped Rhea County to a 38-32 lead with 3:40 left in the game.  Bean hit a long three point basket to give Cookeville hope with 53 seconds to go and the score showing 40-37 and Karagan Turner hit a short basket off the inbounds play to cut the Lady Eagles lead to 40-39 with 41 seconds left in the game.  Megan Revis hit 2 big free throws to give Rhea County some breathing room at 42-39.  During the last few seconds Rhea County was able to convert free throws and play good defense down the stretch to pull out a 45-39 win.

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Julie Brown scored 16 points for Rhea County to put her total at 992 going into tonight’s game at home versus Stone Memorial.  Also scoring for Rhea County was Levi (9), Wallis (6), Revis (5), Loden (4), Miles (3) and Thurman (2).  Karagan Turner was very effective down low for Cookeville, scoring 18 points.

After the game Coach Shane Johnston said, “We have not looked good on offense for the last three weeks.  We did manage to keep the score low against Cookeville so we did not dig too big a hole”.  He also commented that Julie Brown would have a chance to join the 1000 point club tomorrow against Stone Memorial in a 6:30 pm game.  Julie now has scored 992 point in her career.

Rhea County Lady Eagles Game Photos

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