Eagles soar past Panthers in sweep

GREENBRIER – The Vilonia boys and girls teams were too much for the Greenbrier boys and girls teams Friday at the Panther Pavilion for Day Two of the Battle at the Brier.

In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Vilonia boys romped, 54-40.

The two teams played close throughout the first half, but the Eagles stingy defense held the Panthers to just four points in the third quarter, increasing their 28-21 lead at half to 38-25 at the end of the third quarter.

 

Vilonia coach Tim Goers was able to get a majority of his roster.

“It was a team win, where we played a lot of kids,” he said. “I feel like a lot of kids scored, so we spread the wealth a little bit. I think that’s a good thing because it’s tougher to prepare for someone when they have multiple people that are doing damage, so that’s definitely a good thing. I also think the rebounding was better.”

Beside senior Malik Burton’s team leading 16 points, the Eagles spread the ball around.

Eight of the 11 Vilonia players who saw action scored, in contrast to Greenbrier’s six of 12 players who scored.

Goers also thought the team performed better than the 53-50 loss to Shirley on Thursday.

“We’re just trying to get our kids to defend, contain and rebound on a regular basis,” he said. “If we can just get those basic things any basic team has to have. You have to not turn the ball over, contain the ball and not give second shots.

“If you can do that, then you can start calling yourself a decent team. I don’t know what the stats are right now, but they are better than last night.”

Greenbrier senior Carter Burcham scored a game-high 17 points in the loss.

Panther coach Mike Simmons wasn’t available for comment after the game.

VILONIA 42, GREENBRIER 23

In the girls half of the rivalry, the Lady Eagles started the sweep with a 41-23 win over the Lady Panthers.

It was another defensive performance for Vilonia as the Lady Eagles held Greenbrier to eight second-half points.

Vilonia senior Abby Hightower scored a game-high 11 points, followed by junior Kenna Beaty’s nine.

Senior Lady Panther Kayli Nick led Greenbrier with nine points.

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