Lady Cougars Pound Cross County, McCrory
The Lady Cougars notched two critical conference wins over the past week, as teams are jockeying for postseason position in conference 2A-3. With Monday's 79-28 routing of Cross County at Rector, the Lady Cougars are currently sitting at sixth in the league.
Rector jumped out early on the visiting Lady T-Birds. Kristen Smart and Bailey Haney led the charge in the opening frame. Smart drilled a a hat trick from the land of plenty, sinking three three-pointers and adding two from the stripe for 11 points in the quarter. Haney used her quickness to get to the basket, scoring on three drives to the hoop and adding a short jumper for eight points in the first quarter. By the time the dust settled on the initial period, the girls from Rector were in front 27-4.
Coach Matt Dean went to his bench early and often, but each Lady Cougar on the floor was able to make an impact on offense. Rector led 40-11 at intermission and 71-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
Three Lady Cougars netted double figures in scoring. Haney led the way with 18 on the night. Smart and Kendal Gunn added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Also scoring for Rector were Brittany Fair 9, Harmony Brown 8, Anna blackshare 8, Kaitlyn Essman 3, Lenae Haley 2, Bekah Scott 1 and Ashley Arnold 1.
Sarah White led Cross County with 11 points.
The Junior Lady Cougars fell to Cross County Monday, 39-26.
Rector trailed 7-3 after the first frame, but moved in front by a point, 12-11, heading into halftime.
Cross County used a big third quarter, outpacing the Junior Lady Cougars 16-5, to pull ahead 27-17 entering the final frame.
Tori Hill led all scorers with 16 points in the loss. Matison Dean notched eight points for Rector. Jamie Hatfield scores two points for the Junior Lady Cougars.
Rachel Wilson and Britton Brigard scored 10 points each for Cross County.
The Lady Cougars rolled to a 50-26 win over host McCrory Friday night.
Rector fought to a 14-11 first quarter advantage before clamping down defensively in the second quarter. McCrory was unable to handle the Lady Cougar press in the second frame, going scoreless in the period as Rector took a 31-11 advantage into intermission.
"I thought we played well defensively, especially in the second quarter," Dean said of his team. "If we get to where we can play like that with more consistency, we'll be a much better team."
Scott ignited the charge in the second frame, scoring nine points in the period on a three-pointer, two drives and a pair of free throws.
Rector maintained a balanced attack in the third frame with buckets coming from Gunn. Blackshare, Essman and Fair. The Lady Cougars led 45-19 going into the fourth.
Gunn paced Rector with 10 points on the night. Also scoring for the Lady Cougars were Scott 9, Essman 7, Brown 5, Fair 4, Blackshare 4, Haley 3, Cheyenne Ellis 3, Smart 3 and Arnold 2.
Kendall Browning led McCrory with 12 points in the loss.
The Junior Lady Cougars were downed in their meeting with McCrory, 37-26.
It was the Tori Hill show for Rector on the night. The talented guard buried six three-pointers, made all six of her free throws and finished the night with all of the Junior Lady Cougars' 26 points.
"She has the tools to be an outstanding player," Dean said. "She's the spark that makes us go. This team lacks experience overall, but this whole group can be good."
Rector trailed throughout on the night: 12-6; 21-12 and 31-14.
The Lady Cougars are slated to host EPC beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Rector is set to visit Marmaduke beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The lady Cougars will host top ranked BIC beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 for Senior Night festivities to close out the regular season.