Vienna’s Eagles hold on to showdown trophy

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Two things were certain last Tuesday night from the Eagles’ nest at Vienna High School.

A losing streak would be snapped and one school would retain Maries County basketball bragging rights for another year.

Trailing 41-37 at halftime, Vienna turned it up outscoring Belle 51-31 in the second half going on to win an 88-72 shootout to retain the Maries County Advocate Boy’s Showdown trophy for another year.

After eight minutes of high-scoring basketball to open the game, Belle took a 23-18 lead into the second quarter on the road at VHS in western Maries County.

Brett Butler led the charge for the visiting Tigers with seven first-quarter points while Caid Stockstill added five points along with the Eagle duo of Zach Schwartze and Logan Agan each netting four first-quarter markers to pace Vienna.

Edging Belle 19-18 in the second quarter, Vienna narrowly trailed the visiting Tigers 41-37 at halftime.

Netting eight of Vienna’s 19 second-quarter points, Nathan Kleffner paced the host Eagles with 11 first-half points.

Stockstill followed closely with nine first-half points along with eight from Agan.

Butler led the visiting Belle Tigers with 13 first-half points followed closely with a dozen markers from Jat Ridenhour.

Opening the second half, the Tigers picked the wrong time to go cold on offense.

That is because the host Eagles torched the nets for 25 third-quarter points helping them to a 62-47 lead through three quarters of Maries County bragging rights basketball.

Stockstill led the charge with 12 third-quarter points for the Eagles followed by five from Agan.

A 3-pointer from Brett Stewart accounted for half of Belle’s third-quarter points.

Topping their third-quarter point total with 26 markers in the final eight minutes, Vienna went on to retain the Maries County Advocate Boy’s Showdown Trophy for another year.

Leading five Eagles in double figures, Stockstill scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in the second half.

Agan added 17 points followed by 13 markers each from Kleffner and Schwartze. Tyler Collins made it five double-digit scorers for Vienna with 12 points.

Trey Snodgrass rounded out the scoring for the victorious Eagles with four points in the second half.

Unable to overcome a low-scoring third quarter, Belle was led by Lane Feeler scoring 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half.

Limited to a fourth-quarter 3-pointer, Ridenhour also reached double digits for the Tigers with 15 points. Butler made it a trio of Belle scorers in double figures with his 13 first-half points.

Eddy Paz just missed making in four Tigers in double digits putting in nine points.

Levi Fortner chipped in seven points to go along with five markers from Quinton Martin.

 Gentry Dunn and Stewart each contributed three points while Colten Robinson put in a first-quarter free throw for one point rounding out Belle’s scoring against Vienna.

Before varsity action at VHS, Belle’s JV Tigers and Vienna’s JV Eagles hit the hardwood for their own Maries County bragging rights basketball game.

Racing out to a 22-6 lead after one quarter, Jacob Walton’s Belle JV Tigers went on to take the junior-varsity contest from the host Eagles by a score of 66-40.

Helping Belle to a big lead after seven minutes of basketball was Kolten Roberds with seven first-quarter points. BHS also got five first-quarter markers from Gentry Dunn and Brandon Ostertag.

Edging the host JV Eagles 17-13 closing out the first half, Belle went into halftime with a 39-19 lead.

Ostertag added seven second-quarter points giving him 12 markers for the first half pacing the JV Tiger offense.

Going 5-6 from the free-throw line in the first half, Spencer Magner led Vienna’s JV Eagles with five first-half points against Belle.

Winning the third quarter 16-10, Belle went into the final seven minutes of JV basketball with a 55-29 lead.

Feeler accounted for half of Belle’s third-quarter point total with eight points.

Landon Parmeley and Layne Hogshooter both led Vienna in the third quarter with four points each.

With Belle and Vienna playing the fourth quarter to an 11-11 tie, Belle maintained their 26-point lead after three quarters at the end of the game.

Leading four JV Tigers in double figures, Ostertag finished with a game-high 14 points for Belle followed by 11 markers each from Roberds and Feeler.

Dunn was the fourth Belle scorer reaching double digits with 10 points.

Jorge Uribes nearly made it five in double figures with nine points.

Parmeley led Vienna in a losing cause with a team-high 10 points followed closely with nine from Max Steffen.