GREENBRIER – Vilonia’s aggressive full-court defense paid dividends in the second half, and the Lady Eagles sank Cabot’s Lady Panthers by 49-26, to early a finals berth in the First Security Bank Battle at the Brier Monday.

The Lady Eagles have won the tournament title the past three years. The finals will be at 7 p.m. today at Panther Pavilion.

Always strong Cabot had a height advantage on Vilonia, but the Lady Eagles offset that with their defense. 

Vilonia coach Alvin Riley said, "Our defense paid off in the third quarter. We put a lot of pressure on them. Any time you can beat Cabot like this, it’s something."

The Lady Eagles are undefeated in 12 games for the year. Cabot dropped to 6-6 for the season.

Cabot’s only lead was early at 5-3. Vilonia had the edge at 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, 21-18 at halftime then moved out to a 33-22 count at the close of the third quarter.

Kalyn Rappold and Catherine Puckett had nine points for Vilonia. Heather Brantley scored eight. 

For Cabot, Amber Rock had seven points, and Melissa Wolff scored six.

SACRED HEART 74, 

J.A. FAIR 40

Sacred Heart’s Lady Rebels came on strong in the second quarter and pushed to a 74-40 win over the Little Rock J.A. Fair Lady War Eagles in consolation play. Sacred Heart, behind by a point at the end of the first quarter, was in front at 32-21 at the half. Miranda Smith scored 24 points and Alexius Dammann 20 for the Lady Rebels.  

Micah Farmer had 11 and Danielle Gatewood 10 for Fair.

Pulaski Academy 48, Sheridan 38

Pulaski Academy’s Lady Bruins eased in front in the first quarter and led Sheridan the rest of the way for a 48-38 victory, but the score was closer until near the end of the consolation game.

Sara Cathey hit for 14  points for Pulaski Academy, and Karson Henry scored nine for Sheridan.