By Mike McGinnis
The Vienna High School boys’ basketball team defeated Chester, 68-58, in opening round action at the Anna-Jonesboro regional on Monday. With the win the Eagles move into a Tuesday night contest with Carterville. The regional championship game is Friday at 7 p.m.
Chester took a 13-12 first quarter lead before the Eagles rallied to go ahead 28-22 at the half. The YellowJackets tied it at 39-39 heading into the fourth quarter, but Vienna took the lead in the final frame and held on for the win. Trenton Lowery led Vienna with 16 points, while Chester’s Berner topped all scorers with 24 points.
Scoring for Vienna: Lowery-16; Gearing-15; Bent-14; Moore-12; Crain-6; Wiggs-3; Wright-2.
On Tuesday of last week, the Eagles lost to Carterville, 66-46, in a non-conference game at Vienna. The contest was close early on as Vienna trailed by one, 17-16 after the first quarter. The Lions pushed their lead to 33-24 at the half and were ahead 53-37 heading into the fourth period. Zach Moore led Vienna with 14 points, while game high scorer honors went to Carterville’s Matt Galik, who scored 25 points.
Scoring for Vienna: Moore-14; Bent-8; Lowery-7; Wright-7; Gearing-5; Wiggs-5.
Last Friday, Vienna lost at Eldorado by the score of 59-50. After ending the first quarter tied at 10-10, Eldorado took a 26-17 lead at the half. Vienna got within 38-34 at the start of the fourth quarter but Eldorado held on for the win. Quinnton Bent led Vienna with 16 points, while Eldorado’s Tyler Deaton was the game’s high scorer with 18 points.
Scoring for Vienna: Bent-16; Gearing-10; Lowery-9; Moore-6; Wright-6; Krelo-3.
The Eagles celebrated Senior Night last Saturday with a 53-45 win over Hamilton County. Prior to the start of the game, senior members of the dance team and basketball squad
were introduced and recognized for their participation. The game was close throughout as the Eagles held a 31-30 lead after three quarters. Vienna used a big fourth period, outscoring the Foxes 22-15 in the final frame, to pick up the win. Quinnton Bent led Vienna with 21 points. Lucas Wright also hit double figures for the Eagles with 17 points. Hamilton County was led by Gay and Scattone, who each tallied 11 points.
Scoring for Vienna: Bent-21; Wright-17; Gearing-5; Robinson-4; Lowery-3; Crain-2; Moore-1.