Mohawks place second in Naylor Tournament
The Piggott Mohawks placed second in the Naylor Invitational Tournament, which concluded on Friday, Dec. 2.
The Mohawks defeated Couch on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a final score of 48-39. The game was close during the first half, as evidenced by quarter scores of 10-10 and 18-18, but the Mohawks pulled ahead during the second half, with a third quarter score of 36-24. The Mohawks maintained the lead for the victory.
"We were obviously tired from our victory the evening before over Marmaduke and this was a late game, but we were able to play well enough to secure the victory," coach Paul Seegraves said of the game.
Logan Ballard led the Mohawks in scoring against Couch, with 16 points for the night. Chuck Rice added 12 points, while Trey Sutfin and Lance Conley each had seven. Kalyn Hoggard and Ethan Midkiff netted three points each. Leading for Couch was Josh McClelland with 13 points and Zain Happen with 11.
The Mohawks faced Neeleyville on Thursday, Dec. 1, and were defeated by a score of 63-60. The quarter scores had Neeleyville with a narrow lead through the game, 9-6, 27-22 and 43-34.
"We got off to a slow start and had to play catch up throughout the rest of the game. However, we never gave up, even when we were down by12 points in the fourth quarter. I'm proud of how well we played in the end in the game which decided the championship," Seegraves said.
Ballard put in an impressive 20 points for the Mohawks, followed by Sutfin with 14,and Rice with 11. Hoggard added nine points, while Conley and Midkiff each had three. Leading for Neeleyville was Josh Miller with 21 points and Brett Payne with 10.
On Friday, Dec. 2, the Mohawks defeated host Naylor, 47-41, to decide the second place position. The game was neck and neck from the first quarter until the fourth, with quarter scores of 9-7, 21-15 and 30-23.
The Mohawks led throughout the game, but the Eagles put up a tough fight.
"We were able to lead during the first half tonight and maintained the lead for the win. Regarding the tournament in general, I felt it was beneficial for the team to get used to playing on the road and, hopefully, they've all learned through tough officiating and a different environment," Seegraves said.
Ballard paced Piggott with 21 while Rice added 10 in the game. Hoggard, Conley and Sutfin each finished with five points on the night.
The Mohawks will be on the road for the next week or so, traveling to Marmaduke, Maynard, and Riverside, before returning home on Friday, Dec. 16, to face Bay. The Senior Mohawks' record now stands at 6-3.