Cougars Post Homecoming Win
A big third quarter run spelled the difference in the Cougars' win over Buffalo Island Central Friday night for homecoming. Rector broke open what had been a close contest to win, 74-57.
Rector entered halftime trailing, 33-32, but opened the third frame with a 13-0 run. Daniel White started the run with a pair of free throws. Dillon Shelton added a steal and break and a three-pointer in succession to make it 39-33 in the Cougars' favor with just under two minutes gone by in the period. Alec Scott and White notched and-one plays in the paint, with both adding the additional free throw to cap the run with Rector in the lead, 45-33. Rector carried the momentum to a 52-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Rector was able to build their lead despite the absence of senior standout Mitchell Weber who sat much of the third frame with four fouls.
"That win showed we can execute on offense when Mitchell's not in the game," RHS coach Matt Mills said. "That's something we hadn't done well up to that point. Daniel and Dillon stepped up and had some big baskets for us that not only helped us get the lead, but keep it."
White, Mitchell Weber, Shelton and Alec Scott had double digit outings for the Cougars. White led the way with 18 points. Mitchell Weber finished with 13. Shelton and Alec Scott had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Also scoring for Rector on the night were Reed Weber 9, Tyler Carter 6, Landen Crancer 3 and Nick Hardin 2.
Austin Pike led BIC with 20 points.
The contest marked the last home game for seniors Mitchell Weber, White, Shelton, Carter and Jake Scott. The group was honored during a special Senior Night Ceremony Thursday, along with members of the girls' team, band and cheerleading programs.
The Junior Cougars fell in their meeting with BIC, 52-48.
Rector went into the final frame trailing 33-27, but quickly fought their way back into contention. Lawson Ford hit two big three-pointers in addition to a pair of free throws by Kade Scott to close to within two, 37-35, with four minutes to play. Garrett Buck hit the offensive glass for a putback basket to tie the game at 37-37 with 3:44 remaining. BIC rattled off three of four and a stickback of their own to score on three straight possessions to reclaim the lead, 42-37.Ford buried five of five free throws for Rector down the stretch, but BIC continued to have an answer, leading 49-45 in the final minute. Kade Scott hit a trey with 13 seconds remaining, but BIC made one of two at the line with eight seconds to play to set the final in place.
BIC led 13-12 after the first quarter and 25-19 at intermission.
Ford led all scorers with 24 points on the night. Kade Scott had 12 for Rector. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were Easton Tracy 5, Buck 5 and Case Watson 2.
The Junior Cougars wrapped up their season with a 39-36 loss to Augusta in the junior high district tournament Monday night at Caraway.
The Cougars held a slight lead early in the close contest, being out in front 9-7 after the first quarter and 17-16 at the half. Augusta squeezed ahead 29-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
Ford led all scorers with 15 points. Buck notched 13 points on the night. Kade Scott, six points, and Chito Martinez, two, rounded out the Rector scoring.
The Junior Cougars finish the season 13-10 and fourth in the conference.
"I thought we had a really good year in junior high," Mills said. "We had some ups and downs, but I thought we did a good job overall. I think this group of freshmen will contribute to our senior high program immediately, which is one of our biggest goals in junior high."
The Cougars held on for a key 60-59 win over the hosting Marmaduke Greyhounds Tuesday, Jan. 29 in a hard-fought conference matchup.
Rector led by nine, 45-37, at the start of the fourth quarter, but the 'Hounds rallied to make the game a back-and-forth struggle down the stretch. The Cougars led by six, 55-49, with just over a minute remaining in the contest. A driving buck and turnaround jumper in the paint from Marmaduke's Eddie Page offset am RHS free throw by Shelton, bringing the Greyhounds within striking distance, 56-53, with just 42 seconds left to play. After the bucket from Page, Mitchell Weber threw a long inbound pass to a streaking Shelton for an open layup with 37 seconds left to push Rector back up five, 58-53. Marmaduke's Kasey Reagans drew contact from deep, going to line where he made all three free throws with 22 seconds showing, cutting the Cougar advantage to just two points, 58-56. White was fouled on Rector's next possession, with the senior sinking both free throws to extend the lead to four points. Page buried a trey with eight seconds left to bring Marmaduke within a point, 60-59. A Rector turnover nearly spelled disaster, but the Cougars responded with solid post defense, particularly Mitchell Weber, who challenged a drive by Page in the final moments. Page's layup rolled off the rim, bringing the exciting game to an end.
Rector started the contest strong. Mitchell Weber scored 14 in the first quarter as the Cougars jumped out to a 23-9 lead in the first frame. The boys in blue led 33-22 at intermission.
Page and Reagans brought MHS back in the second half. Page scored 19 in the second half with Reagans netting 14 points.
Mitchell Weber paced Rector with 21 points. White added 13. Shelton finished with 12 in the win. Reed Weber and Alec Scott netted six points each to round out the Rector scoring.
Page and Reagans finished with 23 and 21, respectively, for Marmaduke. Also scoring for the Greyhounds were Will Winberry 6, Chris Jones 4, Hayden Winberry 3 and Trae Bopp 2.
The Junior Cougars came away with a 37-24 win over Marmaduke.
The first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie, but Rector jumped ahead 16-7 at intermission. The Junior Cougars led 22-12 heading into the fourth.
Ford and Buck finshed with 15 and 12, respectively, for Rector. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were Case Watson 8 and Kade Scott 2.
Marmaduke was led by eight points each from Andrew Church and Chad Hall. Chris Burney, seven points, and Derek Agee, one, rounded out the Junior 'Hound scorers.
The Cougars are set to visit Piggott Thursday night for the Mohawks' Senior Night. Both boys' and girls' senior high teams will be in action beginning at 6 p.m. Rector will enter the 2A-3 District Tournament next week at Marmaduke as the sixth seed. The Cougars are set to face seventh seed BIC at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. A win there would advance Rector to a quarterfinal matchup with third seed Marked Tree at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. A quarterfinal victory will assure the Cougars of a return trip to the state tournament, also at Marmaduke.