GREENBRIER — Vilonia’s girls fired often and accurately from 3-point range Saturday to overwhelm Beebe 68-26 in the First Security Bank Battle at the Brier.
The Lady Eagles hit five 3-point baskets in the first quarter to take a comfortable 22-8 advantage and built on that. For the game, Vilonia sank 13 shots from 3-point land. Alaina Riley had five of them. Colleen Farris had a trio of 3-pointers.
Vilonia coach Alvin Riley said, "The 3-pointers early came because we took what was there. They were packed in close, and this helped open them up. We took what was there. It helped too that we played Beebe earlier in the week."
Vilonia moved to 11-1 for the season, while Beebe moved to 2-5.
Vilonia’s 13 3-point baskets were by six different players — Riley, Farris, Betsy Bartlett, Lydia Gordon, Maggie Brewer and Clara Benton.
Vilonia put the game out of reach in the second quarter, running out to a 45-15 halftime lead. By the close of the third, it was 58-24 for the Lady Eagles, and reserve Vilonia players allowed Beebe only two points in the fourth quarter.
For the game, Riley had 15 points for Vilonia. Catherine Puckett scored 11, Gordon 10 and Farris nine.
Beebe’s scoring was led by Jamie Jackson with 12 points.
Conway Christian 44, Greenbrier 41
Greenbrier’s Lady Panthers came oh so close to putting defending champion Conway Christian out of the tournament in the first round, but the Lady Eagles held on for a 44-41 nail-biting win.
Conway Christian trailed most of the game then tied the score at 33 with 3:26 left to play. Sarah Robertson put the Lady Eagles up with a basket, Greenbrier’s Cicely New canceled it with a 3-pointer, then Christina DenHartog answered with a trey for the Lady Eagles.
The outcome was sealed in the last four seconds with a pair of free throws by Conway Christian’s Kelly Hays.
New scored 28 points for Greenbrier. DenHartog had 18 to lead Conway Christian.
Mountain View 37
Cabot’s Lady Panthers pulled away from the Mountain View Lady Yellow Jackets in the second quarter and went on to a 58-37 victory.
By halftime, Cabot was ahead 32-17, and at the end of the third period, it was 48-27.
Kaki Thomas was the high scorer for Cabot with 18 points. For Mountain View, Mackie Seay had eight and Jessica Flanery seven.
Mountain Home 63, Charleston 12
The Lady Bombers of Mountain Home jumped far ahead in the first half and never let Charleston get rolling in a 63-31 win.
Mountain Home was ahead 18-12 at the end of the first quarter and 37-21 at the half. The Bombers flew to 52-25 at the close of the third quarter.
Katie Kapler, a strong post player, scored 16 points and guard Maggie Jo Cooper 13 for Mountain Home.
Katherine West had 11 and Paityn McLaughlin nine for Charleston.