Cougars Run Into Hot Marked Tree Squad at District
The Cougars managed to overcome the combination of illness and foul trouble in their earlier game of the 2A-3 District Tournament at Marmaduke, but Wednesday night's meeting with Marked Tree saw a drained Rector squad fall to the Indians, 67-46.
Marked Tree, spurred by 24 points from Darius Ivy, was the aggressor throughout the night, being one step quicker on both ends of the court. The difference really became clear in the second frame, as the Cougars entered the frame down six, 18-12, and emerged from the period trailing 19, 35-16.
"Marked Tree just played with more energy," RHS coach Matt Mills said. "I don't know if we were tired or hadn't recovered from half the team being sick earlier in the week, but that was the worst game we played all year and it came at the worst time. This team is much better than they played that game. I'm not taking anything away from Marked Tree, but outside of the uniforms, that didn't look anything like us."
The Indians opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run which sent the boys in blue reeling. The Cougars managed just four points in the period, coming on a pair of free throws by Reed Weber with 2:10 left in the quarter and an offensive rebound and putback by Alec Scott with 1:06 left in the frame. Rector would be unable to recover from the disastrous frame, struggling still in the third and trailing 46-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
Foul trouble hindered the Cougars, as senior standout Mitchell Weber was tagged with three fouls in the first half and fellow starters Daniel White and Alec Scott picked up their third fouls early in the second half.
Mitchell Weber led Rector with 12 points on the night. Alec Scott and Dillon Shelton added 10 points each in the loss. Reed Weber, eight points, and Daniel White, six, rounded out the Cougars scorers.
Allen Buchanan added 12 for Marked Tree, who earned a berth in this week's regional tournament at Sloan-Hendrix with the win.
The loss brought Rector's season to a close. A season recap story will appear in the next edition of the Times-Democrat.