Tough week for Cougars

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Clarence Clark uses a quick step to gain the advantage on his way to the goal during Friday night's game against BIC.

The Cougars had a rough night at home on Friday, as they fell to conference foe Buffalo Island Central, 62-38.

Rector was in the hunt during the first half, trailing 12-10 and 23-16 after the first and second quarters, respectively.

However, the third quarter proved to be the difference maker, as the Cougars were outscored 28-9, giving BIC a 51-25 advantage going into the final stanza. The visitors shot an incredible 12 of 13 from the field in the third, swinging the momentum firmly in their favor.

"They came out and shot the ball really well in the third quarter," Rector coach Mark Manchester said. "I thought we did a good job putting pressure on them in the first half, but we didn't have an answer for them in the third."

Jackie Graham led Rector with 11 points in the losing effort. Other scorers were Clarence Clark 8, Derek Wyss 6, Daniel Hester 5, Blake McCarroll 5, Brantley Terry 2 and Tony Loveless 1.

Jordan Phillips scored a game-high 23 points for BIC. Terry Roach added 15 points for BIC.

Junior High

The Junior Cougars fell to BIC, 50-42, on Friday. Rector led 13-11 after the first quarter, but fell behind 28-27 at halftime. BIC led 38-30 going into the fourth.

Rector had a hard time finding the bottom of the net in the third, scoring just three points in the period. Chris Tripp hit a layup and Garrett Evers connected on a free throw to provide the home team with their only points in the quarter.

Coty Banning led Rector with 11 points. Blake Evers added 10 in the win. Other scorers were Clinton Haley 6, Garrett Evers 5, John Smith 4, Tripp 4 and Seth Parsley 2.

Marked Tree Game

The Cougars fell to Marked Tree in a 47-46 heartbreaker in Rector on Thursday night.

Rector held a 46-45 advantage in the final seconds of the game. Marked Tree, which had to go the length of the court, put themselves in position to win as Marcus McKay was able to break toward the basket. Andrew Hill was forced to foul in order to stop the easy basket, sending McKay to the line for a pair of free throws. Unfortunately for the Cougars, McKay buried both attempts with 4.6 seconds remaining, handing Rector the loss.

Marked Tree held the advantage at each quarter break: 12-9, 28-23 and 41-35.

Rector got an outstanding performance from junior guard Graham. Graham finished with a game-high 31 points in the tough loss. Other scorers were Wyss 7, Hester 3, Andrew Hill 3 and Speer 2.

Junior High

The Junior Cougars cruised to a 50-29 win over Marked Tree in their contest. Rector jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter before moving ahead 31-9 at the half. By the time the third period came to a close, the Junior Cougars were up 46-20.

Haley finished with 10 points to lead Rector. Other scorers were Garrett Evers 9, Smith 8, Cody Loveless 8, Banning 6, Tripp 5 and Tyler Kirklin 4.

The Cougars visited CRA on Tuesday. They will host Cross County Friday in a series of games which will also feature the Lady Cougars. Those games are scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m.

Bay Game

The Cougars were downed in conference play on Tuesday, falling to the visiting Bay Yellowjackets, 61-55.

The contest was hard-fought, as the two teams stayed with each other throughout. Bay led 13-11 after the first quarter, but Rector scratched their way back to a 31-30 halftime lead. Bay went up 42-40 after three.

Graham led Rector with 31 points, but was the only Cougar to reach double figures on the night. Other scorers were Terry 8, Speer 3, McCarroll 3, Wyss 2, Hester 2 and Clark 2.

Jesse Harris paced Bay with 16 points. Tyrone Harris added 14 in the win.

Junior High

The Junior Cougars picked up a 50-40 win in their meeting with Bay. Rector led 12-10 after the first, 24-14 at halftime and 33-27 through three quarters.

Garrett Evers led the Junior Cougars with 24 points. Other scorers were Blake Evers 7, Tripp 5, Haley 4, Smith 4, Parsley 3 and Banning 3

The Cougars visited CRA on Tuesday. They will host Cross County Friday in a series of games which will also feature the Lady Cougars. Those games are scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m.

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