Lady Cougars Fall to Rival Greyhounds

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Kristen Smart fires up a three-pointer against EPC

It was a disappointing trip to Marmaduke for the Rector Lady Cougars Monday night, as the girls in blue fell to their rival Lady Greyhounds, 57-38.

Marmaduke (30-2 and 15-0 on 2A-3) remained unbeaten in conference action with the win, building a 10 point lead in the first frame as the Lady Cougars struggled early on offense. Rector managed just seven points in the first frame, all coming from junior Kendal Gunn who hit two three-pointers and made one of two from the free throw line. By contrast, MHS had five players score in the first frame, led by two three-pointers from Sidnee Bopp, en route to closing the opening period with a 17-7 advantage.

The Rector offense sparked to life in the second frame, but Marmaduke had an answer for every bucket, with the hosts entering halftime with a 33-21 lead.

The Lady 'Hounds controlled the third frame with defense and rebounding, holding RHS to just five points in the period. Marmaduke went into the final quarter with a strong 23-point lead, 49-26.

Gunn paced Rector with 13 points on the night. Also scoring for the Lady Cougars were Bekah Scott 9, Bailey Haney 4, Brittany Fair 4, Harmony Brown 3, Anna Blackshare 3 and Lenae Haley 2.

Three Lady 'Hounds finished with double digit scoring in the win. Bopp led the way with 17 points. Whitley Boggs and Jessica Boggs notched 14 and 12 points, respectively. Also scoring for Marmaduke were Jessica Lee 6, Rachel Vangilder 2, Alexus Jones 2, Cally Price 2 and Madison Price 2.

Rector fell to 16-13 overall and 6-9 in 2A-3, now resting at sixth in the conference.

Junior Girls

Marmaduke also won the junior high contest, 53-29.

MHS got off to a hot start and never looked back, leading after each quarter: 20-5; 31-13 and 38-21.

Rector's Tori Hill led all scorers on the night with 22 points. Colby Lynch, five points, and Sophi Adams, two points, also scored for the Junior Lady Cougars.

Abby Meredith and Shandan York scored 16 points each to pace the Junior Lady 'Hounds. Also scoring for Marmaduke were Brianna Hood 9, Hadleigh Bynum 3, Kara Lee 2, Natalie Lentz 2, Emily Clarday 2, Scout Weatherford 2 and Brittany Banning 1.

The Junior Lady Cougars fell to 10-13 overall and are tied for fifth in conference 2A-3 with a record of 6-9.

There was some excitement prior to the start of the evening's games when a car crashed into the front portion of the Chester A. Barner Gymnasium at approximately 5:30 p.m on the Marmaduke campus. No injuries were reported at the scene, with the bulk of fans not having arrived at the time of the accident. Contractors verified the gym was structurally sound, with the games continuing unaltered. The Marmaduke Police Department arrested the driver, but additional information was not available as the Times-Democrat went to press Tuesday.

EPC Game

The Lady Cougars dropped a tough one to East Poinsett County Thursday night in Rector, 64-57.

EPC's Alicia Ross 12 points in the second frame to position the visitors with a 34-25 advantage heading into intermission, despite a sharpshooting display by RHS' Kendal Gunn.

The first quarter came to a close with EPC leading by the slimmest of margins, 12-11. Bailey Haney gave Rector it's first lead of the contest with the opening basket of the second period, burying a triple 34 seconds into the frame. EPC responded with a three of their own, but Gunn hit her fourth three-pointer of the game, having sank three in the first quarter, with just over two minutes having gone by in the second. Ross took over on the glass from the visitors, though, limiting Rector's next three possessions to one-shot-and-done. Ross' rebounding paid dividends on the offensive end for EPC, with two of her baskets coming on second chance opportunities. Rector went back to work with the longball in the third period, led by four more triples from Gunn, as the girls in blue went into the fourth quarter with a 46-42 lead.

EPC's combination of Ross inside, contributing eight points in the paint, and Teria Young's seven of eight performance at the line, spelled the difference in the fourth quarter as the visitors came back to claim the win.

Gunn was a major threat from long range for the Lady Cougars, hitting 10 three-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 32 points on the night. Also scoring for Rector were Haney 8, Scott 5, Blackshare 5, Smart 4 and Fair 3.

Ross and Young led EPC with 25 and 22 points, respectively.

Junior Girls

Fourth quarter free throws made the difference as the Junior Lady Cougars came back to top EPC, 30-29, in their meeting Thursday. Colby Lynch hit four free throws in the final 5.9 seconds to first bring Rector within a point, 29-28, then give the Junior Lady Cougars, the advantage, hitting two with 1.7 seconds left in the game. Tori Hill made eight of 10 free throws earlier in the period to keep the Lady Cougars in the hunt, as Rector continually challenged their conference foe, despite trailing much of the night.

EPC led 9-5; 11-9 and 20-14 through the first three quarters. Hill led Rector's late charge by attacking the basket and drawing contact on four consecutive possessions.

Hill led all scorers with 17 points in the win. Lynch finished with seven points. Matison Dean notched six points for Rector.

Christian Hanson led EPC with 13 points in the loss.

The Lady Cougars are slated to host BIC beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rector for Senior Night. The contest will feature festivities honoring the senior members of the RHS basketball, band and cheerleading programs. The game marks the final contest of the regular season for the Lady Cougars. The junior girls will take part in the junior district tournament beginning Feb. 4 at Cross County High School in Cherry Valley. The Lady Cougars will be in action at the district tournament beginning Feb. 11 at Marmaduke.

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