GREENBRIER – In the opening game of the final round at the Battle at the Brier on Saturday, the Vilonia Lady Eagles beat the Maumelle Lady Hornets 59-44 to win the trophy.
It was Vilonia’s third straight win after beating Benton, 44-16, Thursday, and then Greenbrier ,41-23 , Friday.
The two teams played a close first half with Vilonia leading, 30-25, at the break.
However, the Lady Eagles outscored Maumelle, 18-10, in the third quarter, leading by 13 heading into the final quarter.
Again, Vilonia outscored the Lady Hornets, 11-9, sealing the tournament trophy in girls competition in the 17th annual First Security Battle at the Brier.
The Lady Eagles were led by juniors Aaliyah Cash and Kylea Hightower’s 13 points, while freshman Paige Kelley finished with 10.
Maumelle was led by junior McKenzie Smith’s game-high 16 points.
The Maumelle boys fared much better in their game Saturday, capturing the tournament trophy on the boys side.
The Vilonia Eagles fell into a 19-9 hole at the end of the first quarter, and had trouble recovering.
They cut the lead down to four points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Hornets’ senior Tremont Robinson’s seven points in the fourth quarter were too much.
He finished with a game-high 15 points. Junior Patrick Greene also finished in double figures for Maumelle with 12.
Vilonia senior Malik Burton led the Eagle attack with 14, while junior Hunter Neely finished with 11.
Greenbrier was more competitive in this game than its 41-23 loss to Vilonia Friday night, but still didn’t provide enough effort to get the win.
Greenbrier was outscored, 15-11, in the second quarter and 10-4 in the fourth quarter.
Benton was led by junior Italei Gray’s nine points. They also had a trio of players finish with eight points: senior Lenzie Newman, freshman Isabell Arnold and sophomore Tamia Halk.
Greenbrier was led by junior Breleigh Simmons’ 11 points.
The closest game of the tournament came down to a corner 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left.
The ball was inbounded by Shirley, and eventually worked around to senior Austin Phillips, who had enough space to put up an uncontested 3-pointer.
However, the shot banked off the side of the rim at the final buzzer, preserving the only win for Greenbrier in the tournament.
Senior Carter Burcham led the Panthers with 24 points, while senior Deondre Smith scored 11.
Shirley senior Jed Prvitt scored a game-high 29 points in the loss, while senior Easton Freeman scored 13.