GREENBRIER — Vilonia’s girls broke a shooting drought midway through the fourth quarter and edged Searcy by 34-33 in the 14th First Security Bank
Battle at the Brier Classic in Panther Pavilion Thursday.
The Lady Eagles put in just three points in the second quarter and a single point in the third. Down by 23-18 halfway through the fourth period,
Vilonia had back-to-back 3-point baskets by Cassidy McNespey off the bench, then another 3-pointer by Audrey Moran and a 2-pointer by McNespey around a pair of baskets by Searcy’s Angeline Williams to go up, 29-25.
Vilonia went to the free throw line the rest of the contest and survived three Searcy baskets, two of them by Williams, a 6-5 tree in the middle.
Moran had 11 points and McNespey 10 for the Lady Eagles. Arabrian Mack scored 12 and Williams 10 for Searcy.
The Lady Eagles moved to 9-1 for the year, and Searcy went to 6-3. In the second girls game, Greenbrier defeated Guy-Perkins 73-35.
Vilonia 65, Searcy 44
Vilonia’s boys used a barrage of 3-point baskets in the first half to build a healthy lead over Searcy. The Eagles went on to a 65-44 victory.
Jacob Fisher hit five of the nine Vilonia 3-pointers in the first half.
Vilonia was up by 29-20 at the half.
Fisher finished the game with 17 points. James Wade led Searcy with 14.
The Eagles moved to 3-4 for the year, and Searcy dropped to 1-7.
In the boys' late game, host Greenbrier knocked off Guy-Perkins 67-57.
Guy-Perkins girls vs Searcy 4 p.m.
Guy-Perkins boys vs Searcy, 5:30 p.m.
Greenbrier girls vs Searcy, 7 p.m.
Greenbrier boys vs Searcy, 8:30 p.m.