Mohawk Boys and Girls Hoops Seasons Underway

Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Mohawks in action Tuesday night in the home win over Gosnell

The Piggott Mohawk girls and boys team got their seasons underway in the past week and a half, as basketball is underway.

Boys

The 2013-14 basketball season tipped-off Friday, Nov. 15 for the Piggott Mohawks, as the Tribe traveled to Armorel and dropped a non-conference game to the Tigers. Battling early season rust, the Mohawks played even with their hosts until the fourth quarter, but were unable to answer as Armorel pulled away down the stretch.

Coming out of the just completed football season the Mohawks are a bit banged-up, while the Tigers already had several games under their belt. But, the Tribe held with their hosts in the early going, and maintained a lead through the first three quarters of play.

Based on the good start, the Mohawks led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, and were up 19-16 at the halftime intermission. The Tribe continued to outscore the Tigers in the third quarter, as they took the frame 13-10, and the score stood at 32-26 in favor of the Mohawks entering the fourth.

But, down the stretch the Tigers outscored the Mohawks 20-10, erasing the deficit as they pulled away for the 4 point win.

The difference in the contest came at the free-throw line, as the Tribe converted just one of seven free throw attempts in the fourth quarter--while the Tigers hit on 9 of their 11, setting the difference in the ballgame.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Will Jett with 18, while Nick Harris finished with 11, Trevor Grubb had 9 points, Beau Jett had 3 and Nick McKinnie finished with 1. Pacing the Tiger attack was Lane Finley with 16.

Junior and Seventh Grade

The junior Mohawks also fell to their hosts at Armorel, dropping a 42-28 non-conference decision. The young Tribe fell behind early in the game, and were never able to recover although a total of 8 Mohawks scored points.

Scoring by quarters had Armorel up 6-4 after the first, and ahead 17-8 at intermission. They extended the lead to 28-16 by the end of the third and cruised to the win.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Elijah Bellers with 9 while Josh Lyman finished with 8.

Meanwhile, the seventh grade squad also had their difficulties with the Tigers, as they dropped their game by a final of 29-14.

The Mohawks hosted the Gosnell Pirates in non-conference play Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the PHS gym. The junior squad lost their game, but the varsity team prevailed 73-70.

The Tribe will be back in action this Friday, Nov. 22 as they will travel to Osceola and begin conference play with a set against the Seminole. Next Tuesday, Nov. 26 they're slated to visit the Corning Bobcats--their final regular season game of 2013. During the month of December the boy's team is scheduled to take part in three tournaments, including the Pre-Holiday Tournament, Cooter Invitational and Clarkton Christmas Tournament. They'll resume regular season, and conference, play in January.

Girls

The Piggott Lady Mohawks began the regular basketball season last week with a win over Maynard, but in the days since the Tribe has dropped loses to both Walnut Ridge and Corning. Meanwhile, the young junior squad started their campaign at 0-3. Following Monday night's game at Corning the girls squads were slated to remain idle until Monday, Nov. 26 as they're scheduled to visit Armorel in a non-conference set.

Senior Girls

The Lady Mohawks began the 2013-14 campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with a home set against the Maynard Lady Tigers, and notched a 60-53 win. Leading the way for the Tribe was sophomore Devyn Staples with 16, while Kasey Crossfield was also in double figures with 14 and Micah Hobbs finished with 8. On the game a total of 10 of the Lady Mohawks scored points. Meanwhile, Brittanie Cline paced the Maynard attack with 16.

As a team the Tribe was fairly cold from the free-throw line, as they converted on just 12 of 22 attempts while the Lady Tigers made 19 of their 31 free throw attempts.

Then, on Thursday evening the Lady Mohawks traveled to Walnut Ridge for a non-conference game with the Lady Bobcats and suffered a 73-37 loss.

Staples once again led the offensive attack with 10, while Crossfield finished with 9 and Bailey Pollard had 7 points in the loss. McQuay was top scorer for Walnut Ridge with 22, as they outscored the Tribe in each of the four quarters.

Game three of the young season was played Monday night, as the Mohawks visited the potent Lady Bobcats of Corning for their first conference game of the season. And, although a total of 9 Piggott players scored on the game, the talented Bobcats rolled to a 63-29 decision.

Leading the way for the Tribe was Crossfield with 7, while Staples had 5 points in the loss. Meanwhile, Corning was paced by Lauren Brownfields with 14 points.

Junior Girls

The Junior Lady Mohawks are a young squad, and include three seventh graders on the roster this year. They rolled into the season last week at Maynard as well, and dropped a 35-16 non conference decision to the Lady Tigers.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Grayson Murray with 6 points, while Colby Crossfield finished with 5 and Emily Trosper had 4 points off the bench. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers had two players score 10 points each in the win.

Last Thursday the junior girls made the trip to Walnut Ridge, and dropped a 39-22 loss to the non-conference Lady Bobcats. Murray and Crossfield each had 5 points in the loss, while Brielle Burkman had 4 points for the Mohawks.

Then, on Monday evening the junior squad got their conference schedule underway with a lopsided 44-17 loss at Corning.

The Lady Bobcats jumped out to the early lead, and were up 14-4 by the end of the first quarter. They went on to outdistance the Tribe in each of the three final periods, in posting the conference win.

Murray once again paced the attack from the post with 7, while Crossfield had 5 points in the loss.

The junior and senior girls teams will be back in action on the road Tuesday, Nov. 26 as they're slated to visit the Armorel Lady Tigers for a non-conference set. The teams will then remain idle through the Thanksgiving holiday, and will hit the hardwood again on Monday, Dec. 2 as they host the Lady Seminole of Osceola at PHS. The following Monday, Dec. 9 they're slated to travel to Hoxie for a conference set with the Lady Mustangs.

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