Redbirds continue to roll


The Mayo Redbirds girls basketball teams built on their dominant start against Martinsville last week, toppling the Parkview (Lawrenceville) Braves at home on Monday, Sept. 25. 

Seventh grade

Mayo 30, Parkview 12

The Redbirds’ seventh-grade squad rolled to a 30-12 victory, while the eighth-graders secured a dominant 38-8 win in front of the home crowd.

In the seventh-grade competition, Mayo jumped out to an early 6-2 lead thanks to a Sloan Vilk three-pointer, a two-point bucket from Hellie Barrett and a free throw from Adalee Morris. Morris was a force to be reckoned with during the first game, recording a team-high 14 points and seven boards. The Redbirds led 11-4 at the break, but Parkview remained in striking distance. Morris, alongside Ava Tarr and Leah Sanders, combined for eight points in the third period. Still, the Braves hung around, trailing by nine at a score of 19-10.

In the fourth and final period of the game, the Redbirds extended their lead, outscoring the Braves 11-2 in the quarter. Morris led the Mayo attack while Tarr chipped in a deep three to finish out the contest.

In the seventh-grade game, Ava Tarr was the second-leading scorer behind Morris, netting five points and two boards, Sloan Vilk and Maddox Adams each scored three points, with Vilk contributing a game-high five assists and three steals. Hellie Barrett and Leah Sanders and both chipped in two points apiece. Barrett contributed three steals and two boards.

Finally, Bella Rogers hit a free throw to round out the Redbird scoring.

Eighth grade

Mayo 38, Parkview 8

Game two of Monday’s doubleheader was a dominant showing for the Redbirds, who received a sizeable boost from some of its seventh-graders. Adalee Morris, Sloan Vilk, Ava Tarr and Maddox Adams all chipped in to lead the Redbirds to a comfortable victory.

Again, Mayo jumped out to a quick lead to start off the contest. A trey from Ava Tarr, combined with buckets from Natileigh Bridgewater and Adams, gave the Redbirds an 8-2 edge.

The advantage only continued to grow as in the second quarter, as Adalee Morris found her stride. Morris knocked in five of Mayo’s seven second-quarter points, extending her team’s lead to nine. 

The seventh-grader continued her reign in the second half, pouring in 12 points after halftime. Tarr, Vilk, Bridgewater and Bella Rogers each chipped buckets of their own to lift the Redbirds to their final tally of 38 points. 

While the Redbirds’ performance on the offensive end was impressive, their defense was stifling. Parkview only recorded two total points in the final half: a free throw in each quarter.

If Monday’s game is any indication of the Redbird’s ceiling, fans are in for an exciting season.

By the end of regulation, Morris had accrued a game-high 17 points and three boards. Vilk followed with a well-rounded performance, filling the state sheet with six points, seven assists, four assists and a rebound.

Tarr tallied five points and four steals and two rebounds. Natileigh Bridgewater finished with four points and four boards. Maddox Adams and Bella Rogers rounded out the Redbirds’ scoring with four and two points, respectively.

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