GREENBRIER — Vilonia’s Eagles made good use of free throws late to subdue Guy-Perkins by 59-52 for the boys third place in the First Security Battle at the Brier Saturday at Panther Pavilion.
The Eagles had survived in the first half on six 3-point goals against the Thunderbirds’ stiff inside defense. In the second half, Vilonia racked 17 of 22 tries at the free throw line to hold off the T-birds.
Vilonia coach Lance Davis said, "Guy hurt us defensively in the first half, but Jacob Greer came in and hit three 3-pointers for us. That really helped. We made those free throws in the second half, too."
Davis recalled another meeting of the two Faulkner County schools in the Battle at the Brier. "That was in 2004, I think, and Guy went on to win the state championship."
The Thunderbirds broke out front early, using a pair of 3-pointers by freshman Timothy Campbell for a 12-9 edge at the end of the first quarter. Vilonia went ahead by 32-26 at halftime and led by 40-37 at the close of the third quarter.
Greer finished with 14 points to lead Vilonia. Hayden Weaver had 13 and Cameron Wilkins 12. For Guy-Perkins, sophomore post player Hayden Long scored 21, sophomore guard Justin Tims 14 and Campbell 11.
GIRLS THIRD PLACE WATSON CHAPEL 48 GREENBRIER 29
The Lady Wildcats of Watson Chapel took the lead early and knocked off Greenbrier’s Lady Panthers by 48-29
Watson Chapel was ahead 13-8 after one quarter, 29-12 at the half and 39-20 at the end of the third quarter.
Jasmine Bell had 14 points and Chelsea Payne 11 for Watson Chapel. Aundrea Hardin led the Lady Panthers with 15.
GIRLS FIFTH PLACE VILONIA 68, SEARCY 35
Vilonia’s Lady Eagles burst out front early and never let Searcy catch up. The Lady Eagles had a 24-6 lead by the time the first quarter ended.
Ashley Hightower banged up six 3-pointers for 18 points for Vilonia. McKenzie Gray, McKenzie Morris and Macie Loggins each had 8 points. For Searcy, 6-4 post player Angelina Williams scored 16.
BOYS FIFTH PLACE MOUNTAIN VIEW 55, RUSSELLVILLE 44
Mountain View outscored Russellville in each of the first three quarters en route for a 55-44 triumph for fifth place. The Yellowjackets were up by 27-18 at halftime.
Tanner Holt scored 19 points for Mountain View, and Andy Campbell led Russellville with 12 points.
ROGERS HERITAGE 30,
Ashley Ward hit a layup with six seconds left to give Rogers Heritage a 30-28 victory over Benton and the girls championship.
Emilie Jobst had brought Heritage into a 28-all tie with a 3-point goal at the 1:59 mark of the fourth quarter. Lacey Murry led Heritage with 11 points, and Jobst scored six. For Benton, Korie Parker and Madison Brooks each had 9 points.
Sheridan came on strong in the second half to defeat Searcy 56-37 for the boys championship. Dylan Morris led Sheridan with 15 points.