(Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 edition)

The Rhea County High School Golden Eagle basketball teams traveled to Cookeville, and suffered defeats in the regular season finale to the Cookeville High School Cavalier squads on Friday, Feb. 12, in District 6-AAA action. The Lady Eagles (3-14, 0-8) fell 71-25 to the Lady Cavaliers (17-8, 6-2), while the Eagles (1-15, 0-8) fell 73-47 to the Cavaliers (14-10, 4-4).

Lady Cavaliers 71, Lady Eagles 25

The Cookeville girls jumped out to a 15-2 first quarter lead, and extended their lead to a 43-10 mark at the half.

The Lady Cavaliers kept pace in the third, outscoring the Lady Eagles 24-10 and led 67-20 headed to the fourth. The Rhea girls won the final stanza 5-4, with Lady Eagles’ leading scorer with 16 points, Macy Welch, recording all five points in the fourth, which included a basket and three free throws.

Other Lady Eagle scorers included Ava Travis (4), Jalese Sharp (2), Kaitlyn Taylor (2) and Emma Gentry (1).

Cavaliers 73, Eagles 47

The Cookeville boys tallied 22 points to Rhea’s 11 in the opening period, as the pair of teams matched each other in the second with 12 points apiece. The Cavaliers led the Eagles 34-23 at the half.

The Cavaliers caught fire in the third quarter, rattling in 27 points to the Eagles’ 10, to take a 61-33 lead headed to the fourth.

The Eagles won the final period 14-12, but the Cavaliers’ work in the previous three quarters helped seal the win for them.

Eagle scorers included Kaleb Martin (11), Bryce Dupre (9), Keaton Ray (7), Amari Roddy (6), Austin Brackett (6), Tyler Dupre (6) and Rex Pendergrass (2).

Top rebounders for Rhea were Amari Roddy (7), Ray (5), Martin (4), Bryce Dupre (4) and Tyler Dupre (4).

The Eagle teams will be competing in the District 6-AAA tournament this week. The No. 5 seed Lady Eagles will travel and face the No. 4 seed Warren County Lady Pioneers, while the No. 5 seed Eagles will travel and face the No. 4 seed Cookeville Cavaliers.

Eagle fans, please be sure to visit our website at Rheaheraldnews.com, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page to view Courtside, a new edition to The Herald-News’ sports’ department, which is a video that includes a sit down interview with both RCHS basketball coaches, highlighting the week’s action and a look ahead preview of the upcoming game. The Courtside video will be posted every Friday, so be sure to check it out.