GREENBRIER – Vilonia has acquired a talent for taking home championship trophies from Greenbrier’s First Security Bank Battle at the Brier.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles won this year’s event, which was under a different format from previous Battles at the Brier. In round-robin play, both Vilonia teams went 3-0.
It was the fifth championship in 14 years of the tournament for the Vilonia girls. It also was the fifth time that Vilonia’s boys were victorious.
Vilonia had to get past Greenbrier to take the honors, and this was difficult, especially for the boys. The Eagles downed Greenbrier’s Panthers by 62-56 Friday night in a hard-fought contest. Vilonia’s Lady Eagles put away Greenbrier by 38-32 but with a struggle.
In the boys game, the lead changed hands 13 times.
Greenbrier made use of 3-pointers in the first half from Tyler Simmons and Jordan Wilcox to take a 31-30 halftime lead. Wilcox had four 3-pointers and Simmons two.
Vilonia took up the long-range shooting in the third quarter with five 3-point baskets, four of them by senior guard Aaron Newell. Vilonia used a 3-pointer by Jacob Greer to take a 48-46 lead going into the last period.
Cameron Wilkins popped in two goals for Vilonia early in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles went ahead at 52-50. Garrett Brown added a basket for the Eagles, and they finished out the game with stout defense and free throws.
Wilkins had 19 points and Newell 16 for the night. Simmons scored 16, Dustin Tims 13, Justin Tims 12 and Wilcox 11 for Greenbrier.
GIRLS Vilonia 38 Greenbrier 32
After a 4-4 tie in the first quarter, Vilonia’s Lady Eagles grabbed the lead with an Audrey Moran 3-point goal and did not fall behind again.
Vilonia led at the end of the first quarter by 9-6, at the half by 20-12 and at the end of the first quarter by 29-21.
McKenzie Morris led Vilonia in scoring with 11 points. Sydney Wader and Hannah Schnebelen had 8 apiece. For Greenbrier, Kory Westerman and Alexis Hogan each scored 10.
Vilonia 57, Guy-Perkins 35
Vilonia’s Lady Eagles powered past Guy-Perkins by 57-35 Saturday in the final round. The Lady Eagles were ahead all the way and led by 32-18 at halftime.
Audrey Moran had 10 points, McKenzie Morris 10 and Sydney Wader 10 for Vilonia. Abigail Smith led Guy-Perkins with 21 points.
Searcy 55, Greenbrier 36
Searcy’s Lady Lions took an early lead and cruised to a 55-35 victory over the Greenbrier Lady Panthers. Searcy was up by 30-16 at the half.
Keke Broadway scored 13 points and Angelina Williams 12 for the Lady Lions. Kenzie Batterton had 8 and Alexis Hogan 7 for Greenbrier.
BOYS Vilonia 103, Guy-Perkins 82
In a wild shootout with a whopping 36 baskets from 3-point range, Vilonia pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 103-82 win.
Cameron Wilkins had 23 points for Vilonia. Lucas Nicholson scored 21, Jacob Green 12 and Josh Greer 12. For Guy, Sam Gonzalez put in 25, Tim Campbell 22 and Cole Dixon 13.
Searcy 50, Greenbrier 38
Searcy’s boys overtook Greenbrier in the third quarter and rolled out to a 50-38 triumph.
Greenbrier had led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and 27-23 at halftime.
James Wade, Jeremiah Clifton and Emaje Young each finished with 15 points for the Searcy crew. Tyler Simmons scored 8 and Dustin Tims 6 for Greenbrier.