Lady Eagle basketball wins 2 of 3 in Sonic Shootout and Best of Preps
Chattanooga, TN — The Rhea County Lady Eagles basketball team won the consolation game on Saturday in the Best of Preps Holiday Tournament held on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College with a 60-45 win over Heritage, a team from Georgia, coach by former Rhea County High School coach Eddie Bryant(2004). Mallory Hampton was selected to All-Tournament team for her performance in the tournament. Mallory had 18 points against Heritage and Baylor and added 19 points on opening night against LFO(Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe).
Rhea 60 Heritage 45
In Saturday’s consolation game the Lady Eagles got to good start with 17-9 first quarter lead. Heritage stemmed tide some and trailed 29-20 at halftime. Lady Eagles keep a double digit lead most of the second half on their way to the 60-45 win. Hampton lead way with 18 and Haley Cameron and Micah Black added 13 and 10 points respectively. Macy Welch, who has become 4th scoring threat of late for the Lady Eagles added 7 points. Also scoring were Caity Blevins 4, and trio of 2 points scorers in Maddie Taylor, Maddie Smith and Mariah Martin.
Baylor 45 Rhea 44
On Friday night the Lady Eagles lost a heart-breaker 45-44 to the Baylor team that eventually won the tournament. In a low scoring quarter, neither team got off the fast start and Baylor basket around 3 minute mark made score 4-4. Baylor won first quarter 8-6 and pushed the lead to 12-6 early in the 2nd quarter and held on for 19-16 lead at the half.
In the early stages of the second half the Lady Eagles made a 14-2 run through the first 5 minutes of third quarter to take 30-21 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining in the quarter. It was Baylor with the 8-0 run over the next minute to cut the lead to 30-29 with last second buzzer beater.
Early in 4th, Baylor made 5-0 run to take 34-30 lead before Haley Cameron and Micah Black each scored 3 point plays to give the Lady Eagles a 36-34 lead and Mallory Hampton’s driving layin made the score 38-34 with 5:14 on the clock. Baylor came back to tie with just under 4 minutes remaining in game. With game tied 40-40, Baylor’s Victoria Lewis made a corner 3(Baylor’s 2nd of game) to give Baylor 43-40 lead with 1:48 left on the clock. Macy Welch canned 2 free throws to cut lead to 43-42 with 1:27 on the clock. Teams traded baskets to maintain a 1 point lead for Baylor at 45-44 with one minute remaining. Baylor attempted to deep freeze ball for last minute until a player stepped on base line to give Lady Eagles new life with 28 seconds left.
Lady Eagles survived a turnover as they tied up Baylor and got ball benefit of jump ball with 12 seconds left. Then a offensive foul call at around half court on pick gave Baylor the ball back with 9.5 seconds remaining. Lady Eagles were unable to get a foul call and clock ran all way down to 1.1 seconds before Baylor was fouled on way to basket. Baylor missed both free throws and Lady Eagles pulled down rebound but there was not enough time to get down court and get a shot off and Baylor escaped with 45-44 win.
Hampton lead the way with 18 points and Haley Cameron and Micah Black added 13 and 10 points. Macy Welch and Caity Blevins finished out scoring with 5 and 4 points respectively.
Lady Eagles won 66 LFO 51
Against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Lady Eagles gained 18-6 first quarter advantage and really were never challenged after that on their way to the 66-51 win. Mallory Hampton and Micah Black led the offense with 19 and 17 points each. Haley Cameron also made double digits with 10 points. Also scoring were: Maddie Taylor added 6 points and Macy Welch and Maddie Smith with 5 points. Mariah Martin had 2 points and Caity Blevins and Sydney Jenkins each tallied 1 point.
Sonic Shoot-Out Tournament
The Lady Eagles won 2 of the 3 games they played at Sparta High School in the Sonic Shootout Tournament the week before.
Rhea County 77 Clay County 68
At White County High School the Lady Eagles began with a 77-68 win over Clay County with Micah Black and Haley Cameron scoring 27 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Mallory Hampton 15 and Macy Welch 7.
Clarkrange 54 Rhea 41
The next night the Lady Eagles lost to Clarkrange 54-41 after falling behind 24-8 in first quarter. Gracie Bush Scored 24 to lead Clarkrange. Micah Black was the only Lady Eagle in double figures with 18 points. Also scoring: Hampton 9, H. Cameron 6, Welch 5.
Rhea 69 Tullahoma 59
Lady Eagles finished off tournament with 69-59 win over Tullahoma. Micah Black had 28 points to lead all scorers and Haley Cameron and Mallory Hampton scored in double figures with 17 and 14 points respectively. Also scoring: Macy Welch 6 and Mariah Martin 4.