Cougar Boys and Girls Post Wins

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Anna Blackshare drives to the hoop in the Lady Cougars' 53-36 victory over Pocahontas Tuesday. The Cougars were also in action, but fell to Pocahontas on the night.

The Lady Cougars rolled to 6-0 with a 98-33 dismantling of the hosting Lady Zebras Friday night in Black Rock.

Defense led to offense for Rector on the night, as the Lady Zebras had trouble handling the stifling Lady Cougar press.

"Our defense has made the difference in these early games," RHS coach Matt Dean said. "Our press has forced turnovers and led to easy baskets."

The lady Cougars jumped out to a 24-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. RHS led 47-18 at intermission and 84-25 going into the fourth quarter.

Four Lady Cougars reached double figures in scoring on the night. Marla Crancer led the way with a game-high 18 points. Kendal Gunn finished with 13 in the win. Tori Hill and Brittany Fair added 12 points each. Also scoring for Rector were Anna Blackshare 9, Kristen Smart 8, Bekah Scott 8, Bailey Haney 6, Cheyenne Ellis 6, Vanessa Jones 4 and Colby Lynch 4.

The Lady Cougars have focused on getting more players involved on offense this season.

"Our scoring has been real balanced," Dean said. "That's a good thing. We've got some good shooters on this team."

Black Rock, which will consolidate with Walnut Ridge next year, did not field a junior high team, so the Junior Lady Cougars did not play Friday.

Rector was set to host Pocahontas Tuesday night. The Lady Cougars are set to visit Corning beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and Armorel starting at 4 p.m. Monday.

Cougar Boys

The Cougars cruised to a 77-44 win over the hosting Black Rock Zebra Friday night, moving Rector to 5-1 on the season. RHS led throughout: 15-6; 36-19 and 57-34.

Reed Weber had a huge night for the Cougars, finishing with a game-high 29 points in an unstoppable effort. Lawson Ford added 15 in the win. Also scoring for RHS were Alec Scott 9, Nick Hardin 5, Mason McCluskey 4, Danny Hager 4, Huston Highfill 4, Chase Jackson 3, Adam Dinkins 2, Garrett Buck 1 and Chito Martinez 1.

The Junior Cougars fell in their meeting with Black Rock, 43-40. Rector saw a five-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter, as the Junior Zebras outscored RHS 15-7 in the final frame.

Easton Tracy and Case Watson paced Rector with nine points each. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were Matt Hynds 8, Sam Simmons 8, Kirk Beshears 2, Brandon Shelton 2 and Dustin Carter 2.

The Cougars were set to host Pocahontas Tuesday night. RHS will host Corning beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. The Cougars will visit Armorel beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, in a night of basketball which will also include the Lady Cougar squads.

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