The Rhea County High School Golden Eagle basketball teams picked up a pair of non-district road wins on Friday against the Soddy-Daisy High School Trojans.
The Lady Eagles cake-walked to a 68-38 victory and improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Eagles secured a 73-61 win and now have a 3-2 record.
Lady Eagles 68, Lady Trojans 38
The RCHS girls caught fire early, as they scored over half of their total points in the first quarter, as five Lady Eagles contributed points to take a commanding 35-10 lead headed to the second period.
Haley Cameron tallied 10 of her 16 game-high points in the first for Rhea, while teammate Macy Welch, the game’s second leading scorer, dropped in 11 points in the opening quarter to lead the Lady Eagles. Nine of Welch’s 11 points came from three made 3-pointers. Welch hit her fourth and final trey in the third period. Other Rhea point contributors in the first were Maddie Smith (4), Mallory Hampton (4) and Maddie Taylor (4).
The Lady Eagles led 50-12 at the break, and 66-24 after three quarters. With the sizeable lead for most of the game, as has been the case in all five of their games thus far, everyone on the Rhea roster was able to get substantial playing time.
Lady Eagle scorers include: Cameron (16); Welch (14); Hampton (9); Smith (8); Taylor (7); Ava Travis (6); Emily McClure (5); Hayla Patton (3).
Eagles 73, Trojans 61
Rhea’s Carter Rekoske made his statement in the opening quarter by draining three of his five 3-pointers on the night to lead the Eagles to a 19-11 tilt headed to the second period.
Rekoske was the Eagles’ leading scorer with 19 points. A close second to Rekoske was teammate Josh Waldo, who knocked down three treys, including one in the first quarter, as he tallied 17 total points. Kade Vincent sank a trey in the first, while Hunter Brady and Hunter Hill contributed two points apiece in the first.
The Trojans battled back in the second period, scoring 15 to the Eagles’ 22 points, but Rhea maintained a 41- 26 lead headed to the locker rooms. The Eagles won the third period 11-9 and held a 52-35 lead headed to the fourth quarter.
The Eagles went 14-of-22 from the free throw line in the final quarter to help seal the victory. Hill went 7-of-11 from the charity stripe to lead Rhea down the stretch.
Eagle scorers include: Rekoske (19); Waldo (17); Hill (15); Ricky Guthrie (7); Brady (6); Vincent (5); Jacob Allen (2); Austin Brackett (2).
The Eagle teams will host the Cumberland County High School Jets on Monday, Dec. 16, in Evensville. The Lady Eagles will tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow at 7:30 p.m.