GREENBRIER — The first round of the 18th annual Battle at the Brier was great for three Faulkner County teams Thursday at the Panther Pavilion.
Both Vilonia teams scored blowout victories, and the Greenbrier boys also picked up a win over the Maumelle boys in one of the more exciting games during the final game Thursday.
Things got a little chippy between the Panthers and Hornets throughout the game as both teams battle back and forth for the lead. Greenbrier (8-5) eventually won, 64-59.
The first instance happened midway through the second quarter on an inbounds at the baseline.As the Panthers were set up to defend, Maumelle senior Terrell Curtis fell to the floor, saying Greenbrier senior Dylan Wilson pushed him.
The nearest official brought them together to shake hands, which they did and things cooled from there.
In the third quarter, Panthers junior Juwaun Clifton slapped the wall out of frustration on mishandling a pass and was assessed a technical foul, which seemed to fire him up.Maumelle was up three points after two free shots at the line before Clifton stole the ball and laid it up on a fastbreak on the next two plays. He also added a jumper, scoring six unanswered points.
Another heated situation came when an official called Hornet sophomore Marchello Porter and Greenbrier senior Austin Thomey together to shake.Thomey offered, but Porter turned away, firing Thomey up.Thomey then scored his first points of the game on a 3-pointer and grabbed and added a putback.
Greenbrier was led by junior AJ Matthews with 18 points, followed by Clifton’s 15.
Maumelle had three players in double figures with junior Jabari Burns leading the way with 16, followed by junior Brahm Harris’ 14 and Courtney Lawrence’s 13.
Vilonia Girls 63, Conway Junior Varsity Girls 41
The Lady Eagles and late addition junior varsity Lady Cats kicked off the tournamen.
Conway quickly put seven points on the board before Vilonia managed a basket, which led to Lady Eagles coach Alvin Riley to call a timeout.
Vilonia managed to adjust and started pouring on the points, going on a 22-6 run to close out the first quarter.The Lady Eagles doubled Conway’s point total by halftime and dominated the rest of the game.
The freshman pair of Lauren Patterson and Laney Mears led Vilonia with 17 points.
Vilonia boys 75, Little Rock Flames 42
The Eagles kept Vilonia rolling with a blowout win over the homeschool team Little Rock Flames.
The Eagles built a 20-11 lead in the first quarter after coach Tim Goers called a timeout for Vilonia not being able to finish at the rim.
The team corrected that mistake and built a 33-21 lead by halftime and didn’t look back.
The Eagles were led by junior Trey Kelley’s 21, followed by sophomores Austin Koonce and Tyler Moran’s 11 points.
The Flames were led by freshman Hudson Likens’ 18.
Maumelle girls 52, Greenbrier girls 47
The lone Faulkner County that lost Thursday could have lost by much worse.
The first quarter started with Greenbrier going without a basket for much of the quarter.After a Tobin McCammon timeout, Greenbrier managed four points before the end of the quarter. The Lady Hornets led 15-4 at the end of the first.
With the break before the second quarter, the Lady Panthers adjusted and outscored Maumelle 21-10, tying the score at 25 by halftime.
Both teams traded the lead throughout the third and fourth quarters until Maumelle managed to push the lead to five points with 30 seconds left.
A 3-point attempt by Greenbrier senior Breyleigh Simmons fell short, leading to a Lady Hornet rebound and a Maumelle win.
Simmons led Greenbrier with 12 points.