GREENBRIER — Vilonia’s boys pushed Searcy to the final seconds but fell by 63-60 in boys semifinal action in the 13th First Security Bank Battle at the Brier Friday night in Panther Pavilion.
The Eagles couldn’t get a handle on Emaje Young, a junior guard, who popped in 30 points for the game, mostly from long range.
Vilonia was up by five points at the end of the first quarter, 17-12, then Searcy pulled in front 31-27 at halftime. The Lions had a slim 40-38 edge at the end of three quarters.
Behind Young’s 30, Madison Wight had 10 points for Searcy. Cameron Wilkins racked 23 for Vilonia.
GIRLS BENTON 41 WATSON CHAPEL 31
The Benton Lady Panthers broke away from a close match in the fourth quarter to subdue the Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats by 41-31 and earn a berth in tonight’s finals.
Braxton Chumley paced the Benton girls with 11 points, and Jasmine Bell put in 8 for Watson Chapel.
CONSOLATION VILONIA 62 GUY-PERKINS 28
After spotting Guy-Perkins to a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, Vilonia’s Lady Eagles tore out to a 39-17 half-time lead and cruised on to a 62-28 victory.
McKenzie Gray scored 16 for Vilonia, and Audrey Moran added 12. For the Lady Thunderbirds, Allison Brown had 10 points.
CONSOLATION CHARLESTON 44 SEARCY 43
Charleston, a late addition to Battle at the Brier, nipped the Searcy Lady Lions for a 45-43 win. P. McLaughlin had 17 points for Charleston’s Lady Tigers, and Brittnee Broadway hit 12 for Searcy.
BOYS CONSOLATION RUSSELLVILLE 49 CHARLESTON 36
Russellville had too much strength for the Charleston Tigers and racked a 49-36 victory in consolation bracket play.
Andy Campbell led the Cyclones with 10 points. M. Ward scored 17 for Charleston.
In the girls semifinals, Rogers Heritage defeated Greenbrier 42-22. In the boys semifinals, Sheridan knocked off Guy-Perkins 75-52.