VBHS splits with Sequatchie County

By | January 15, 2018 8:12 am

Dustin Sullivan (right), head coach for the Van Buren Eagles, presented senior Bo Walker (left) with his 1,000 points ball, on Jan. 9 2018. Walker scored his 1,000th point, on Jan. 2, against Jackson County. (Photo by STEPHANIE SULLIVAN)

Senior Mallory Christian was honored Tuesday night by Tyler Sapp, coach for the Van Buren Eaglettes, for scoring her 1,000th point, on Dec. 29, 2017, against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. (Photo by MICHELLE CHRISTIAN)

On Tuesday night, the Van Buren County High School Eagles and Eaglettes finally got to play in the friendly confines of their gym. After playing their first two games of the new year on the road, the Eagles and Eaglettes welcomed Sequatchie County High School to Spencer.

The Eaglettes struggled in the first quarter, falling behind early. However, they came racing back in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime. The Eaglettes, though, would again struggle in the third quarter and were unable to claw their way back, falling to the Lady Indians 57-49.

In the Eagles’ game, the Eagles jumped out to an early 43-26 lead at the half and cruised in the second half to an 80-46 win behind Caden Mills’ 30 points.

In the first game of the night, the Eaglettes fell behind early, trailing the Lady Indians 11-6 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter though, the Eaglettes came racing back, outscoring Sequatchie 17-9 in the quarter and led 23-20 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Eaglettes struggled offensively, getting outscored 19-7 in the quarter and trailed Sequatchie County 39-30 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, both teams had an offensive outpour, with the Eaglettes outscoring the Lady Indians 19-18 in the quarter, but the Lady Indians held on for the 57-49 lead.

Mallory Christian, who was honored before the game for scoring her 1,000th point, on Dec. 29, led the Eaglettes with 26 points. Emma Scoggins and Kinzie Johnson both chipped in 7 points, and Mika Davis added 6 points. Lily Fredricks added 2 points, and Chloe Ragland rounded out the Eaglettes’ scoring with 1 point.

In the nightcap, the Eagles jumped out to a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, and in the second quarter, the Eagles outscored the Indians 22-14. The Eagles took a 43-26 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, the Eagles put the game away, outscoring Sequatchie County 29-6 in the quarter and led the Indians 72-32 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter of play, The Indians outscored the Eagles 14-8, but the Eagles won by a final score of 80-46.

Leading all scorers on the night was Caden Mills, who finished with 30 points. Senior Bo Walker, who was honored before the game for scoring his 1,000th point on Jan. 2, chipped in 13 points. Other scorers were Sawyer Shockley (9), Jacob Crain (8), Hunter Evans (4), Austin Miller (3), Axel Rodriguez (3), Logan Young (3), Dakota Simmons (2), Jacob Guy (2), Hootie Huerta (2), and Dillion Young (1).

The Eagles and the Eaglettes were supposed to be back in action on Jan. 13, in the second annual MLK King of the Court, but because of inclement weather, those games were canceled. The Eagles and the Eaglettes will be back in Jan. 16 when they travel to South Pittsburg High School for District 5A action. That game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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