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Viqueens can't overcome early deficit vs. Lady Eagles

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ Sports Writer
Posted 1/10/22

UNIONVILLE — The Community Viqueens cut a 12-point halftime deficit to two points in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get over the hump as the Eagleville Lady Eagles defeated the Viqueens 57-53 …

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UNIONVILLE — The Community Viqueens cut a 12-point halftime deficit to two points in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get over the hump as the Eagleville Lady Eagles defeated the Viqueens 57-53 in a basketball matchup Tuesday After taking its final lead at 4-3, Community (10-6) was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way as the Lady Eagles took the lead with a 9-0 run. 
Despite M.J. Simmons scoring eight points to lead the Viqueens, Eagleville used four three-pointers to gain the advantage and took a 20-11 lead to the second quarter.
Simmons scored four points to lead the Viqueens in the quarter, but the Lady Eagles used nine points from Eliza McClaran, including her second buzzer-beating trey of the half as Eagleville took a 33-21 lead to the intermission.
Simmons netted five points and Breanna Whitaker added four in the third quarter as the Viqueens started to cut into the Lady Eagle lead. 
Community outscored the Lady Eagles 16-9 as Eagleville took a 42-37 lead to the final quarter.
The Viqueens used five consecutive points from Whitaker to cut the Lady Eagle lead to 44-42 before Eagleville increased its lead to 49-42 with 4:38 left. 
With eight points from Whitaker and two treys from Haley Mitchell, Community got hot with four three-pointers and cut the Lady Eagle lead to 55-53 with 23 seconds remaining. 
The Viqueens trailed 56-53 and had one final chance to tie the game, but a three-point attempt failed in the final seconds as the Lady Eagles escaped with the victory.
McClaran had 17 points to lead three Lady Eagles in double figures. 
Brinli Bain had 15 points while Isabella Sawyer added 14.
Simmons led the Viqueens with 17 points. 
Whitaker and Mitchell each added 11 points.
The Lady Eagles were 13-of-23 at the free throw line while the Viqueens were 6-of-7.
"You've got to give credit to them. They shot the ball well in the first half," Coach Cody Pierce of the Viqueens said. "We weren't defending well and they took advantage of it."
"We couldn't get those two or three stops in a row to make a comeback," Pierce added.
        
Eagleville       20  13   9  15  — 57
Community   11  10  16  16  — 53
 
Eagleville: Eliza McClaran 17, Brinli Bain 15, Isabella Sawyer 14, Meah Thompson 9, Shelbie Mooneyham 2, Alex Klarer, Aubrey Merritt, Macy Anderson.
Community: M. J. Simmons 17, Breanna Whitaker 11, Addison Brothers 8, Shelby Cawthon 4, Zoey Dixon, Haley Mitchell 11, Jacey Collier 2, Izzy Martinez.
3-Point goals: Eagleville (6): McClaran 2, Sawyer 2, Bain, Thompson; Community (5): Mitchell 2, Brothers 2, Whitaker.
Halftime score: Eagleville 33, Community 21.

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