Vienna stings St. Elizabeth, Fair Play in three-day span

Thursday night at the Eagles’ nest, points were plentiful between Mike Beeman’s Vienna boys and the visiting St. Elizabeth Hornets.

Outscoring the Hornets 26-22 after one quarter, Vienna more than doubled their point total to close the first half.

Firing in 31 second-quarter points, the Eagles found themselves at the halftime intermission with a 57-37 lead.

“We got off to a good start tonight and shot the ball really well in the first half,” Beeman said. “We managed to build a 20-point lead by halftime.”

Cooling off in the second half, Vienna was held to 11 points while St. Elizabeth poured in 23 third-quarter points cutting the Eagle lead to 68-60 with eight minutes of basketball to play.

“We struggled offensively in the second half and managed to let them back in the game,” Beeman said.

Surviving a 19-17 slug fest in the fourth quarter, the Eagles held on to sting the Hornets, 85-79.

“We made enough free throws down the stretch to secure the win,” Beeman said. “We struggled shutting down St. Elizabeth inside in the second half. They have a lot of size and they’re going to be tough the next few years.”

Now less than 100 points from 2,000 for his Vienna Eagle basketball career, senior Isaac Weider led three Eagles in double figures with 33 points. He also added five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Kyle Helton joined Weider in double digits with 21 points, three rebounds and a steal.

Logan Agan finished the game with a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Luke McEnnis just missed double digits in scoring with nine points. He also dished out a team-high five assists to go along with two rebounds and two steals.

AJae Schell flirted with a double double scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds.

Gavin Stricklan rounded the Vienna scoring against the visiting Hornets with two points.

Tyler Roberds added four rebounds and two assists while Zach Schwartze kicked in two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Two days later on Saturday, Vienna hit the road to play in a shootout at Southwest Baptist University (SBU) in Bolivar against the Fair Play’s Hornets.

Looking to sting another species of Hornet for the second time in three days, Vienna shot over 50 percent from the field and nearly 70 percent from the free-throw line in their 79-72 victory over Fair Play.

In another high-scoring affair, the Eagles outscored the Hornets 21-17 after eight minutes.

Both teams doubled their respective point totals in the second quarter giving Vienna a 42-34 halftime lead.

Edged 19-16 to open the second half, the Eagles took a five-point lead by a score of 58-53 into the final eight minutes from southwest Missouri.

Returning the favor 21-19 in the fourth quarter, Vienna held on for their second win in three days over a Hornet basketball team.

Adding to his 33 points against St. Elizabeth, Weider nearly posted a triple double with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Agan posted another double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

McEnnis reached double figures against Fair Play with 13 points while dishing out seven assists.

“Luke (McEnnis) has stepped up shooting the ball since Caid Stockstill’s injury,” Beeman said.

Helton made it four Eagles in double digits with 11 points.

“We had balanced scoring with four guys in double figures,” Beeman said. “Isaac (Weider) scores a lot of points, but it’s important that we get scoring from the other guys as well.

In Vienna’s 81-61 home win over Crocker last night (Tuesday) Weider had 36 points putting him 12 points shy of 2,000 going into their home game on Tuesday, Feb. 6 against Cuba at 6 p.m.