Lady Mohawks wrap up season

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Lady Mohawks ended their season Tuesday, Feb. 14 with a 40-27 loss to host Corning in the 3A-3 District Tournament.

Piggott led 8-7 after the first frame, but had difficulties with Corning's zone defense in the second stanza. The hosting Lady Bobcats used a 12-4 second quarter advantage to take a 19-12 lead into intermission.

Piggott had their biggest output of the night in the third quarter, spurred by six-of-six shooting at the free throw line by junior Mallory Wright, but went into the fourth quarter down 11, 34-23.

"They (Corning) switched their defense around and came out ready for us," Piggott head coach Alan Rabjohn said. "We just didn't adapt; didn't execute. We had some opportunities, but missed some shots in the paint that were big for us. By that same token, Corning didn't miss those shots when they had the opportunity."

The Lady Mohawks split two regular season games with the Lady Bobcats going into Tuesday night.

"I thought we had a pretty good draw with Corning," Rabjohn said. "It just came down to making our shots, and we weren't able to do that."

Mallory Wright paced Piggott with a game-high 16 points. Breanna Wright added six points on the evening. Breanna Chandler and Hallie Vannada wrapped up the Lady Mohawk scoring with three and two points, respectively.

Landon Brownfiel led Corning with 14 points on the night.

The loss wrapped up the season for Piggott. The Lady Mohawks finished the year with two victories, but Rabjohn said he saw several positives throughout the campaign.

"We struggled with just two wins, but I thought the girls showed a lot of character and made improvements throughout the season. They worked hard and they practiced hard. Anybody can come out and practice hard when you're winning, but when you're trying to build something like we are here, it takes a lot of effort to keep at it. This team never got down on itself; never got down on each other."

The team will say goodbye to seniors Breanna Wright and Vannada, but will welcome an athletic group of sophomores next season in addition to a returning core of current juniors and sophomores.

"We're getting a foundation in place and will continue building this program," Rabjohn said. "Bre and Hallie have been a part of that and we're going to miss them. At the same time, we've got some freshmen coming up who are going to be able to contribute right away."

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