Lady Eagles scalp Sequoyah Chiefs 44-39

Rhea County's Jesse Wallis works inside for an under-handed layup. (photo:JohnCannon/RheaReview)
Rhea County's Jesse Wallis works inside for an under-handed layup. (photo:JohnCannon/RheaReview)

Lady Eagles continue to roll in early season play against Sequoyah’s Lady Chiefs with 44-39 win.

The Girls Varsity team came battle hard against the Chiefs who were battling just as hard.

Throughout the entire first quarter the Lady Eagles and Lady Chiefs kept changing the lead consistently shot after shot. Late into the first quarter Rhea County began to have costly turnovers from steals and traveling violations that gave Sequoyah a 16-11 lead entering the second quarter.

When the second quarter started the Lady Eagles came out with a game plan to get the game back going in their direction. The Lady Eagles started to play a tough strong man to man defense to stop the Lady Chiefs attack. The Lady Eagles offense starting to absorb the momentum their defense started to create with Jesse Wallis scoring 8 points leading the charge to the Lady Chiefs giving Rhea County a big turnaround 23-18 lead at halftime.

Coach Williams said “Our man to man defense was a key factor in the second quarter to help get us going offensively” in response to limiting them to 2 points compared the 12 points Rhea County dropped.

The second half started out the same way as the first ended with the Lady Eagles slowing Sequoyah’s offensive attack and finding the back of the net to outscore the Lady Chiefs 10-7 to secure a 33-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Sequoyah didn’t give up in fourth quarter with Rhea County keeping them in the game. Turnovers came back to haunt the Lady Eagles as the traveling violations began to pile up just like in the first quarter. With just 18 seconds left in the game the Lady Eagles were just hanging on by their claws with a 42-39 lead. Sequoyah had the ball threatening to score but a traveling violation gave the ball back to Lady Eagles with 10.8 seconds left.

Rhea County in-bounded the ball to Caitlyn Blevins who raced up the court before getting fouled. The Lady Eagles pulled it out with a 44-39 Victory.

Micah Black led the Lady Eagles with 16 points, 11 points came in the second half.

Jessi Wallis backed her up with 12 points.

Eagles’ struggles continue

The Boys Varsity teams laced up after the girls did. Rhea County boys’ team is still missing a few keys players due to the football team being in the State Semi-Finals. The Eagles struggled most of night with turnovers and traveling violations. The Boys did make a big rally after being down late in the first half on the back of speedster Weston Ray who had 10 points at half time as they were trailing 31-22.

The second half didn’t get better for the Eagles despite their best efforts, the shots weren’t falling for them as the Eagles lost to Sequoyah 42-60.

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Growing up in the Rhea County Community, John brings a unique perspective to events in Rhea County, TN. He's a dedicated father and soccer enthusiast. He digs Golden Eagle Football too!


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