After splitting a pair of games with the Sweetwater High School Wildcats on Nov. 26, the Rhea County High School Golden Eagle basketball teams hit the road to Sweetwater for non-district action on Tuesday evening in search of a 2-0 mark this time, but ultimately, the outcome was the same.
The Lady Eagles (12-1) ran away from the Lady Wildcats (5-8), 59-31 on Tuesday, similar to the outcome in November of a 62-30 score, in favor of Rhea. The Eagles (3-10) closed the gap this time by a substantial margin, as they fell 50-43 to the Wildcats (11-2). In their first meeting in November, the Wildcats blasted the Eagles with many 3-pointers and won 69-36.
Lady Eagles 59, Lady Wildcats 31
First quarter point contributions from Haley Cameron (7), Mallory Hampton (6), Maddie Smith (3) and Macy Welch (2), helped the Lady Eagles gain an 18-7 advantage over Sweetwater headed to the second period.
The Rhea girls kept pace by adding 16 more points to the scoreboard, as Hampton and Welch dropped in seven apiece and Cameron tallied two more. The Lady Eagles led 34-19 at the half.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Rhea girls totaled 14 points in the third and 11 in the fourth to run away from the Lady Wildcats with the 28-point win.
RHEA (59) – Hampton 27, Cameron 12, Welch 9, Emma Gentry 4, Smith 3, Maddie Taylor 2, Sierra Tankersly 2
SWEETWATER (31) – Mikalee Martin 11, Gracie Hart 8, Emily Allen 8, Trinity Upton 4
Lady Eagle Notes – Hampton topped all scorers with 27 points, including three 3-pointers. The team combined to hit seven 3-pointers. Cameron had two treys, while Smith and Welch hit one apiece. The Lady Eagles were 4-of-8 from the free throw line, with Welch going 4-of-6 from the charity stripe, as Cameron went 0-for-2.
Wildcats 50, Eagles 43
Kade Vincent, Hunter Brady and Carter Rekoske each drained a 3-pointer in the opening quarter, while Tyler Dupre dropped in a basket to give the Eagles an 11-8 edge headed to the second period.
A cold second quarter for the Eagles, with only a 4-point production, allowed the Wildcats to capture the lead with 15 points and a 23-15 advantage headed to the locker rooms.
The Rhea crew battled to a 12-12 tie in the third period, with six points from Ricky Guthrie and a 3-pointer apiece from Brady and Rekoske. Sweetwater held a 35-27 lead headed to the fourth quarter.
The Eagles outscored the hosting Wildcats 16-15 in the final period, but Sweetwater claimed the 7-point win in the end.
SWEETWATER (50) – Austin Lang 16, Aaron Littleton 15, Carson Hicks 9, Jayson Upton 8, Bryce Jackson 2
RHEA (43) – Rekoske 11, Guthrie 10, Noah Keur 7, Brady 6, Vincent 5, Dupre 4
Eagle Notes – As a team, the Eagles hit six 3-pointers. Rekoske tallied three, while Brady hit two and Vincent and Keur drained one apiece. Brady totaled eight assists and four steals. Vincent and Dupre each collected four rebounds.
The Lady Eagles and Eagles will open up District 6-AAA play on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when they host the Stone Memorial High School Panthers. The girls’ varsity game is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the boys’ varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.