Rector, Marmaduke girls continue rivalry
The tradition of highly-contested, well-played games in the ongoing basketball rivalry between Rector and Marmaduke continued with the Lady Cougars and Lady Greyhounds Monday night in Rector. The visitors from Marmaduke were able to pull out the win, 53-51, after Rector led for most of the night.
Senior point guard Anna Best hit a three-pointer with just under three minutes left in the fourth period, giving the Lady 'Hounds the lead. Best and Whitley Boggs were able to connect on critical free throws down the stretch to hold off the Lady Cougars, despite an impressive offensive effort by Rector sophomore Kendal Gunn. Gunn hit two big three-pointers in the fourth, with a third at the buzzer coming just short of giving the hosts the victory.
"It was a really good game," Rector coach Matt Dean said. "We played really well. Both teams played very hard. It's a shame somebody had to lose that game."
Marmaduke scored the first bucket of the game, but the Lady Cougars led after each quarter: 14-12; 29-27 and 42-39.
Gunn got hot early, scoring 11 points in the opening frame. The star sophomore was able to work high and low, burying three from beyond the arc in addition to scoring on midrange jumpers and layups. Vanessa "Boo" Jones netted Rector's first points, getting the hoop and the harm for a three-point play. Gunn led all scorers with a game-high 28 points. Also scoring for Rector were Heather Scott 9, Jones 8, Bailey Haney 4 and Kelsey Wynn 2.
Marmaduke won the battle in the paint. Sophomore Callie Price overcame early foul trouble to notch a double-double for the Lady 'Hounds with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Rector went into the game short-handed; with standout senior center Allison Harmon sitting out due to a torn ACL which is expected to force the dynamite defender to miss the remainder of the season.
Rector fell to 22-6 overall and 9-6 in conference 2A-3 with the loss. Marmaduke improved to 28-5 overall and 13-2 in 2A-3.
Rector fell to Marmaduke in junior high action, 55-22.
The Junior Lady Greyhounds' played tough full-court defense, derailing the Junior Lady Cougar offense. The visitors were able to crowd the passing lanes, creating numerous scoring opportunities in transition.
Marmaduke led throughout: 27-7; 37-13 and 47-18.
Harmony Brown and Tori Hill scored seven points each for the Junior Lady Cougars. Also scoring for Rector were Alyssa Diddle and Brittany Fair with four points each.
Shelby Blackburn netted a game-high 11 points for Marmaduke. Sidnee Bopp added 10 points for the visitors, who made nine of 11 free throws on the night.
The Lady Cougars fell to the East Poinsett County Lady Warriors in conference action Thursday, Jan. 26 at Lepanto, 65-59.
Rector led 19-16 after the first frame, but saw their lead evaporate in the second. EPC led 33-25 at intermission and 47-41 going into the fourth.
Gunn finished with 16 points for the Lady Cougars. Jones added 13 points on the night. Harmon notched 10 points in the first three frames before sitting out with her knee injury. Also scoring for Rector were Jessica Scott 6, Bailey Haney 5, Rebekah Scott 3, Kelsey Wynn 2, Heather Scott 2 and Cheyenne Ellis 2.
EPC was led by the duo of Alicia Ross and Terrika Madden with 16 points each. Brittany Ball added 15 points for the hosts.
The teams entered the night tied for third place in 2A-3. EPC claimed sole possession of the spot with the win, pushing Rector to fourth in the conference.
The Junior Lady Cougars got clutch buckets from Brown and Grayson Crancer in overtime to pull out a 40-39 win over EPC Thursday. The hosts made three of five free throws down the stetch, but the two freshmen came through for Rector with the game on the line.
EPC led through the first three quarters: 21-10; 21-10 and 27-25. The teams were tied at 36-all at the end of regulation.
Marla Crancer scored all eight of her points in the pivotal third frame, helping the Junior Lady Cougars claw their way back.
Brown led Rector with 14 points in the win. Also scoring were Marla Crancer 8, Grayson Crancer 7, Hill 5 and Fair 4.
The Lady Cougars are set to visit 2A-3 leader Buffalo Island Central beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday night in Monette. The Junior Lady Cougars are set to take part in the district tournament beginning Feb. 6 The Senior Lady Cougars are slated to face county rival Piggott during Senior Night festivities beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.