Last second heroics bought the Russellville Lady Cyclones a 60-59 victory over the No.1 in Class 5A Vilonia Lady Eagles on Tuesday inside Cyclone Arena.
Russellville put the Lady Eagles on the line with 13.5 seconds left. Vilonia missed its shot and Burk drove the floor. Burk dumped it to Zariah Willis who laid it up just before the buzzer to hand the Lady Cyclones a 60-59 win.
Russellville led 7-5 midway through the first quarter following a quick 4-0 run by Zariah Willis and Shy Willis. Taleigha Ealy put the Lady Cyclones on top again a little later with a pair of free throws and a layup, but from there, Vilonia went on an 11-0 run to take a 19-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Eagles picked up where they left off in the second quarter. Vilonia opened with a 3-pointer. Gracie Campbell banked in a three in reply, but the Lady Eagles drained yet another three to go up 25-14.
Then it got worse. Starting with the end of the second quarter, Vilonia went on a 24-3 run to go up 32-14 with plenty of time still in the half.
Russellville called a timeout to regroup, but the Lady Eagles drove the score to 38-23 by halftime.
The Lady Cyclones got second quarter contributions from Campbell's 3-pointer, a pair of free throws by Zariah Willis, two field goals from Ealy and a bucket from Dru Robinson.
Russellville pulled within 38-27 on a pair of buckets by Ealy. Shy Willis made it 40-31 with 4:39 still in the third. Gracie Campbell hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to pull within 48-36 by the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Cyclones pulled within 48-43 early in the fourth quarter after Zariah Willis scored, followed quickly by a steal and score by Ealy with 6:21.
Russellville went back and forth with Vilonia for a few minutes. The Lady Cyclones. Brenna Burk went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, then hit a huge three to pull within 54-51 with 3:38 still in the game.
A timely rebound from Ealy and a wide-open layup by Zariah Willis soon made it 54-53. Vilonia answered, but a Zariah Willis got another bucket, followed quickly by a steal from Burk.
Burk went to the line with 1:31 left in the game and put Russellville up 57-56.
Burk went to the line again with 1:05 left and widened the advantage to 58-56.
Vilonia got a three-point play with 47.5 seconds left to go up 59-58.
Ealy finished the game with 17 points. Zariah Willis scored 13 points. Burk had 12 points. Campbell scored eight points.
The Lady Cyclones improved to 9-6 overall and 3-0 in the 5A-West. They handed Vilonia just their loss of the season as they fell to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
Russellville travels to Greenbrier on Friday.
Cyclones overcome by Vilonia
The Russellville Cyclones suffered a loss as they fell 56-47 to the Vilonia Eagles on Tuesday inside Cyclone Arena despite a 21-point effort by Donyae May.
Vilonia opened on an 8-0 run to take an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Russellville's only offensive contributions came from a pair of free throws by Donyae May and two field goals by Grayson Sims.
The Cyclones answered big early in the second quarter, embarking on their own 8-0 run to pull within 19-13 with 5:51 left in the half. Russellville got contributions from Sims, May and Cam Frazier.
Vilonia went up 39-17 with 13.7 seconds left in the half. A bad pass gave the Cyclones possession and one more chance at the basket, but Donyae May's 3-pointer rattled out just before the buzzer.
The Eagles opened with a 10-0 run in the third quarter to go up 39-17 with five minutes left in the half. Vilonia held Russellville to just six points in the third quarter, as they built a 44-23 lead heading into the fourth.
Russellville continued to struggle to generate offense in the third quarter. With 5:42 left in the game, the Cyclones were down 46-29.
Then -- some magic.
May scored nine points in the fourth to pull within a manageable 48-38 with plenty of time still left in the game. May added another to make it 49-40, but the Eagles answered to go up 51-40 with 3:09 left in the game. May fired back, 51-42.
From there, the Eagles played keep away to drain the clock. Russellville put Vilonia on the line in an attempt to claw back in, but missed shots and turnovers on the offensive side of the floor doomed the Cyclones.
Russellville fell to 12-7 overall 4-1 in the 5A-West. Vilonia moves to 12-7 overall 6-0 in the conference.
The Cyclones travel to Greenbrier on Friday.