Piggott Mohawks win 3AAA-North District Tournament; Lady Mohawks place second

Thursday, February 21, 2002

PIGGOTT The Piggott Mohawks and Highland Lady Rebels won their respective championship final matchups of the 3AAA-North District Tournament held here last Friday night. The third-seeded Mohawks defeated the fourth-seeded Hoxie Mustangs 73-59 in the boys division while the top-seeded Highland Lady Rebels toppled the second-seeded Piggott Lady Mohawks 69-50 in the girls bracket.

Piggott 73 Hoxie 59

A confident Piggott Mohawk squad used both a strong inside game in addition to accurate perimeter shooting to claim their district tournament title.

Relentless offensive post play by Piggott seniors Tyler Scott and Brian Stahl overwhelmed the Mustangs offensively in the paint all night while Tyler Crittenden, Brian Gregory and James Fry and Scott connected for a total of ten three-pointers in the win.

Mohawk head coach Steve Wilson said he was worried that his team may have been too overconfident coming into the game.

"I was scared we were a bit too overconfident," coach Wilson said, "but early on we figured we had to really play ball they figured that out and fortunately we were able to adjust pretty quick."

After being tied at 6-6 midway through the first quarter, Piggott went on a 9-3 run to close out the first period of play, doubling the Mustangs' score at 18-9. The run was highlighted by two Gregory treys.

The Mohawks kept the spark going in the second quarter as Crittenden led off the frame with his first three of the night.

Halfway through the quarter Piggott had again doubled up Hoxie's score, leading by 15, 30-15.

Piggott led 37-21 at the half.

Two consecutive threes early in the third period by Scott gave the Mohawks a 47-28 advantage.

A three-point play by Stahl, a trey by Fry and a buzzer-beating baseline jumper by Gregory closed out the third period with Piggott holding an 18-point lead.

Fry's two consecutive threes from the left baseline were the finishing touches on the Mohawk 14-point win.

Coach Wilson praised the team play for the win stating, "We just played together tonight. Nobody played selfish. Hoxie tried to man Crittenden and Fry and we found the other people who stepped up and made their shots. We scored on them inside and we were also able to kick the ball out and score from the perimeter."

Coach Wilson also commented on the progress the team has made of late.

"We're playing our best ball right now. We played good for a stretch of the season then we got a little careless and let some things creep up on us and we got down. It took us a while to get back up and now we're playing pretty good. The kids are playing well together and they are having fun again. For awhile I think it was beginning to be a chore for them, but with our recent success they are hungry again."

Tyler Scott led Piggott offensively with 22 points. Brain Stahl followed with 16 while Tyler Crittenden added 13. James Fry tossed in 12 with Brian Gregory contributing 10.

Cody Maxie led Hoxie with 18. Michael Wilkett also hit double figures for the Mustangs with 12. Jeremy Hart and Cy Phillips notched eight points each, Joe Coffee added six, Matt Dorton tossed in four and Bobby Joe Watson and Vill Phillips aided in the effort with two points each.

In reaching the finals, Piggott knocked off second-seeded Highland 53-40 in the semifinals on Thursday night.

Tyler Scott led Piggott with 14 points followed by James Fry and Brian Gregory with 12 and 11 points respectively. Tyler Crittenden and Brian Stahl each added eight.

Tim Hansen's 18 points led Highland. Allen Moore added 11, Chuck Rees nine and Joe McEntire two.

In Piggott's first game of the tournament, Brian Stahl's final second tip-in gave the Mohawks a 60-58 victory over sixth-seeded Jonesboro Westside on Tuesday.

Tyler Scott poured in 21 points for Piggott in the win. Brian Stahl followed with 20. James Fry added 12. Also scoring for Piggott were Brian Gregory with four and Tyler Crittenden with three.

Brock McKeel led the Warriors with 16. Rocky Key tossed in 14. Tyler Cobb and Josh Brand added 12 points each. Colby Brooks finished the night with four.

Piggott will participate in the regional tournament this week at Pocahontas.

Highland 69 Piggott 50

The Piggott Lady Mohawks (1-4 against Highland this year) defeated the Lady Rebels in the championship game of the annual NEA Tournament in Jonesboro, but the same was not to happen in the finals of the 3AAA-North girls districts.

Highland, behind a game-high 24-point performance by Ginger Murphy, raced out to a quick 10-1 lead over Piggott in the opening minutes of the first quarter Friday night en route to their 69-50 tournament win.

For the next two and a half quarters the Lady Mohawks struggled to get back in the game, but the early deficit proved too much for the Piggott girls to overcome.

The Lady Mohawks, seeded second in the tournament behind Highland, claimed the tournament runner-up trophy.

The Piggott girls trailed by 11, 20-9, at the end of the first quarter. Highland outscored Piggott 16-14 in the second period, 19-14 in the third and 14-13 in the final frame for the win.

Lori Russell led Piggott with 18 points. Mandy Cale followed with 14. Lindsay Sutfin tossed in six with Meagan Swann and Somer Swan finishing the night with five points apiece.

Behind Murphy's 24, Highland was also led by Allyson Sample's 19. Myranda Evans tossed in 11, Kristin Byler eight and Andrea Sublett seven.

The Lady Mohawks had to fend off a pesky Hoxie squad on Thursday night to reach the tournament finals. While the scorebook shows the Piggott girls winning the contest by a margin of 14 points, 66-52, the Lady Mohawks only led by one, 49-48, with just over four minutes to play.

With 4:28 remaining in the game, Lindsay Sutfin calmly drained a three-pointer from the right wing. Sutfin's trey brought the Piggott hometown crowd to their feet and sparked a Lady Mohawk 17-4 run that was capped off by a six-of-six free throw shooting performance by point guard Meagan Swann in the final two minutes.

Lori Russell led Piggott in the win with 17 points. Lindsay Sutfin followed with 16. Also hitting double figures was Meagan Swann with 12. Mandy Cale added eight, Somer Swan seven, Jill Taylor four and Kelsey Stephens two.

Krystan Dorton and Cortney Brown led Hoxie with 14 points each. Lindsey Bullard added 10. Amanda Willison tossed in eight points in the Hoxie effort. Krysten Myers added four with Randi LeBlanc tossing in two.

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