(Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 edition)
The Rhea Middle School Eagle basketball teams made the short trek on Tuesday, Dec. 8, to face the Dayton City School Sweatbee hoops’ squads, with the night ending with a win for each school.
The Lady Eagles captured a 41-8 victory, while the Sweatbees battled to a 38-28 tilt in a back-and-forth win over the Eagles.
Leading the charge for the Lady Eagles was Lakyn Lockhart with 13 points, including five baskets and a 3-pointer. Jetta Sharp led the Lady Sweatbees with six points, which included two 3-pointers.
Other RMS scorers included Allie Shaver (9), Cammie Ruehling (6), Kyanna Martin (6), Kloe Reeves (5) and Annie Evans (2). Adding two points for the DCS girls was Lilli Gardner.
The score at the end of the first quarter was an indicator of things to come for the rest of the game, as the Sweatbees held a narrow 9-8 lead over the Eagles.
The RMS boys, led by Jalen Smith with 10 points on the night, fought back and took a 20-16 halftime lead. Rhea Middle’s Dakota Kilby drained a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to lead the Eagles’ scoring.
Landon Stewart led the Sweatbees with four points in the third, as DCS outscored the Eagles 6-4. RMS still held a tight, 24-22 lead headed to the fourth.
The Sweatbees took a 28-26 lead with 3:15 left in the game and never looked back, holding on, pulling away and securing the 10-point win. Down the stretch in the fourth period, J.P. Brannen dropped in six of his 11 points on the night for DCS.
Scorers for the Sweatbees included Stewart (11), Brannen (11), Kason Travis (6), Jessie Mullins (5) and Braylon Geer (5).
Scorers for the Eagles included Smith (10), Kilby (9), Eric Galvez (4), Mason Ford (3) and Jacob Morris (2).
In junior varsity action, the Eagles edged out a 21-20 win over the Sweatbees’ JV squad.
Bryson McClaren paced the Eagles with 10 points, followed closely by Cole Baldwin with eight points. Reese Pendergrass added a 3-pointer to complete the RMS scoring.
Scorers for DCS included Bryce Garrison (4), Casen Kenny (4), Parker Kaufman (3), Eli Mickel (2), Michael Ray (2), Haden Stewart (2), Noah Edwards (2) and J.T. Brown (1).
Earlier in the week
The RMS Lady Eagles traveled and defeated Girls Preparatory School (GPS) 36-30 on Monday.
Lady Eagle scorers included Lockhart (15), Ruehling (8), Shaver (5), Martin (5), Alyssa Ford (2) and Reeves (1).
The Lady Eagles junior varsity squad battled, but fell 18-15 to GPS. RMS scorers included Ford (8), Jo Bishop (5) and Lily Whitehorn (2).
The DCS teams hosted and split with the Lenoir City Panthers on Monday. The Sweatbees captured a 43-18 victory, as the Lady Sweatbees fell 44-4.
Scoring for the DCS boys included Geer (10), Brannen (10), Stewart (7), Mullins (6), Blake James (4), Aiden Wilkerson (3), and Michael Ray (3).
Scoring for the DCS girls included Galilee Raymer (2) and Sharp (2).