Senior girls in tournament play

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sheleen Johnson puts up a jump shot in action against Brookland Friday evening in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Weiner. Also pictured for the senior Lady Mohawks are, from left: Penny McCluskey (12), Jana Corter (34) and Mallory Wright (3). (Times photo/Tim Blair)

The Lady Mohawks fell to both Bay and Brookland in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Weiner High School last week. Monday night the girls were scheduled to visit Hoxie for a conference set with the Lady Mustangs.

In their first round game against the Lady Yellowjackets the Mohawks fell by a final of 51-72, and moved into the consolation bracket. In the ballgame the number-two-seeded Bay squad jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Scoring by quarters had the Mohawks trailing 15-20 after one, and 27-35 at the halftime break. The score stood 41-56 in favor of the Yellowjackets at the end of the third as they cruised to the 21 point win.

Leading the way for the Tribe was Heather Scott with 14, while Mallory Wright had 11, Penny McCluskey finished with 10, Breanna Wright had 5, Taylor Coomer and Jana Corter had 4 each and Sheleen Johnson had 3 points. Tressa Jenkins and Jordan Ferguson had 20 points each for Bay in the win.

Back on Nov. 9 the Lady Mohawks began their season with a 45-53 loss to Brookland at PHS. Friday night the two teams squared-off again for a non-conference game in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Weiner. And despite a long scoring drought for the Lady Bearcats, Brookland pulled out a 7 point win.

With Allison Gurley out with an injury, Coach Alan Rabjohn's Lady Mohawk squad was short handed for the ballgame. But the Tribe hung with Brookland during much of the game, thanks in part to poor shooting by the Bearcats.

As the contest got underway Brookland jumped out to a six point lead, but by the halftime break the Mohawks had taken a 17-16 lead. That was thanks in part to a drought that saw the Bearcats score just one free throw for the entire second quarter, and the first five minutes of the third.

But Brookland began to battle back late in the third, and by the 3:50 mark had tied the game at 21-21. The two squads then swapped baskets, and the Tribe enjoyed a 26-23 lead going into the final frame. But in the fourth quarter the Lady Bearcats pulled away to win the game 42-35.

McCluskey led the Mohawk offensive attack with 15 points on the game, while Jennifer Tolewitzke had 11 for Brookland.

Monday night the Lady Mohawks visited the Hoxie Mustangs in conference play and dropped a 21-55 decision.

With the losses the Lady Mohawks fell to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in 3A-3 conference play. They are scheduled to host Earle this Thursday evening and will visit Harrisburg for a conference contest Monday.

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