Cougars Fall to EPC, Beat Cross County

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dillon Shelton avoids the Cross County defenders on his way to the hoop.

Friday night's matchup with EPC in Rector was a tough one for the Cougars, who fell to the visitors, 78-50. EPC's star duo of freshman Malik Monk and senior ASU signee Jammar Sturdivant was too much for the Cougars on the night.

Rector's Mitchell Weber was a force to be reckoned with in the post early on, hitting three interior baskets with a pair of free throws in the first quarter in addition to adding a three-pointer for 11 points in the opening frame. EPC countered with outside shooting as Monk hit a pair of threes in the first, sinking eight for the game, with two other Warriors adding triples in the frame. EPC led 22-17 after the end of the first.

Monk took control of the contest in the second frame, hitting four of five treys in the period while Sturdivant attacked the rim. EPC went ahead by 12 points, 51-29, going into intermission.

Monk notched three more triples, as well as a couple of dunks, in the third period as EPC rolled to a 74-44 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Mitchell Weber led Rector with 19 points on the evening. Dillon Shelton and Daniel White finished with 10 points each for the Cougars. Also scoring for Rector were Reed Weber 3, Nick Hardin 3, Alec Scott 2, Tyler Carter 2 and Jake Scott 1.

Monk finished with 37 for EPC. Sturdivant added 24 for the Warriors.

"It seems like we're catching everyone at their best," RHS coach Matt Mills said. "The way EPC played, I don't think anyone in 2A could have beaten them the way they were playing."

The Cougars fell to 17-9 overall and 6-9 in 2A-3. Rector is currently fifth in the conference.

Junior Cougars

The Junior Cougars were downed in their meeting with EPC, 39-33.

EPC led throughout: 14-8; 20-14 and 28-21.

Garrett Buck led Rector on the night with 12 points in the contest. Kade Scott added nine points on three treys. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were Lawson Ford 6, Chito Martinez 3 and Case Watson 3.

Jamal Rodgers led EPC with 16 points.

Cross County

The Cougars topped the visiting Cross County Thunderbirds Thursday night in Rector, 64-55.

Rector jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter advantage and were able to maintain a double digit advantage for much of the rest of the contest. Rector led 33-22 at intermission and 52-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

Mitchell Weber scored nine of his 19 points in the opening frame, working inside and finding his way to the perimeter for a trey, just to keep the defense honest.

"I thought we came out and set the tone early," Mills said. "Mitchell did a good job early and any time they (Cross County) looked like they were about to go on a run and cut into the lead, someone stepped up and hit a shot for us. Dillon and Daniel both came through with big buckets which kept Cross County from making a run down the stretch."

Shelton finished with 17 points for the Cougars. White notched 14 points in the win. Also scoring for Rector were Nick Hardin 7, Alec Scott 3, Tyler Carter 2 and Jake Scott 2.

Holden Byassee led Cross County with 20 points in the loss.

Junior Cougars

Ford and Buck scored 16 points each as the Junior Cougars handled Cross County, 51-27. Kade Scott also scored in double figures for Rector, netting 10 points.

Rector jumped out to a 13-4 advantage before pushing the lead to 16 at intermission, 27-9.

Easton Tracy, six points, Dustin Carter, two points, and Dalton Murray, one, rounded out the Junior Cougar scoring.

Rector was slated to visit Marmaduke Tuesday night. The Cougars are set to wrap up the regular season against BIC beginning at 6 p.m, Friday in Rector for homecoming. Homecoming festivities will be held between the junior and senior high contests, as Rector plays their final home game of the season. The Junior Cougars are slated to take part in the junior high district tournament beginning Feb. 4 at Cross County. The Cougars will appear in the district tournament beginning Feb. 11 at Marmaduke.

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