By Ryan Wright
The Vienna Lady Eagles went head to head against rival team the Goreville Blackcats Monday, Dec. 4. With lots of fans in attendance for this highly anticipated matchup, tipoff started and things got going quick.
Vienna junior Haleigh Keeling hit a three-pointer to start things off for the Eagles. Then senior Lindsey Holhubner was able to block a Blackcat player leading to another three by Keeling, to put the Eagles up 6-0 with 6:46 left in the first quarter.
Goreville was finally able to get on the board after getting fouled behind the three-point line and sinking 3/3 to cut the spread 6-3.
Junior Alyssa Jones was able to find a way to the free throw line and connected on both shots to put the Eagles up 12-10 with 2:33 in the first quarter.
The first quarter concluded after two furious blocks by freshmen Addison Bent to keep control of the lead, 12-10.
The second quarter began with Bent able to convert a three-point play after making the basket and drawing the foul. Bent then scored another basket immediately after, putting the Eagles up 17-14 with 6:00 left in the second quarter.
Freshmen Emma Rush scored with 4:08 left in the second quarter to give the Eagles a double digit lead 26-16.
Goreville needed answers quickly, as the lead continued to grow for the Lady Eagles. Goreville was able to hit back to back threes with 1:57 to trim the lead 31-23.
Rush answered though as she scored back to back fast break points to enlarge the lead back up to double digits 37-23.
The second quarter ended with Keeling knocking down a bank shot buzzer beater to head into halftime leading 39-26 over the Blackcats.
In the third quarter Vienna senior Maddie Penrod hit back to back three-pointers to lead 47-26 with 5:26 in the third quarter.
The game continued to flourish for the Eagles, absolutely crushing Goreville in all categories. When the buzzer sounded for the end of the game, the scoreboard read Eagles 73, Blackcats 48.
The Lady Eagles played spectacular and was led by Keeling with 14 points, as well as Jones and Penrod with 12 points apiece.
Vienna improved their season record to 6-2 on the season. Their next game will be at Ziegler-Royalton on Friday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m.