Cougar Boys and Girls in Action

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Alec Scott lays in a bucket in action against Ellington, Mo.

Girls Action

The Lady Cougars fell to 1-2 in conference play Monday night, succumbing to the hosting Lady Rebels of Riverside, 51-46.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle with the first frame ending in a 13-13 tie and Riverside maintaining a three point advantage, 28-25. Rector fought back to take a 39-32 lead entering the fourth frame, but Riverside's Kenzley Wilson notched 10 of her game-high 18 points in the deciding quarter to lead the Lady Rebels to the win.

Rector was led by 10 points each from seniors Anna Blackshare and Vanessa Jones. Also scoring for the Lady Cougars were Bailey Haney 8, Cheyenne Ellis 6, Bekah Scott 5, Marla Crancer 3 and Kristen Smart 2.

The loss moved the Lady Cougars to 10-3 overall.

The Junior Lady Cougars fell to Riverside in a rough 45-11 outing.

The hosts led throughout: 9-2; 20-6 and 33-3.

Matison Dean, Hailey Hilfiker and Emma Hobbs scored three points each for Rector. Sophi Adams added two points for the Junior Lady Cougars.

The junior girls fell to 2-7 with the loss.

Top Augusta

The Lady Cougars rolled to a 58-20 conference victory over host Augusta Nov. 26.

Rector was in control the entire night, leading after each frame: 17-2; 34-8 and 46-12.

A total of 10 Lady Cougars reached the scorer's column in the win, with Jones, 11 points, and Blackshare, 10, once again leading the way. Also scoring for Rector were Tori Hill 8, Smart 6, Scott 6, Ellis 6, Kendal Gunn 4, Brittany Fair 3, Crancer 2 and Lenae Haley 2.

The Junior Lady Cougars held on for a nice 25-24 win in their meeting with Augusta.

Rector trailed 6-5 after the first quarter, but took a 13-8 lead at intermission. The Junior Lady Cougars were in front 21-17 going into the final frame.

Dean led Rector with a game-high 15 points. Also scoring were Dominique Coln 2, Hilfiker 2, Adams 2, Gabby Clark 2 and Emma Hobbs 2.

The Lady Cougars are slated to host Naylor at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the opening game of the RHS Hall of Fame Classic, provided inclement weather holds off for the event. Rector is slated to visit McCrory Monday before hosting Cross County beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

Boys Action

The Cougars moved to 2-0 in 2A-3 action with a victory over Augusta Nov. 26, 62-59. The game was a battle on the hardwood, with the teams going into double overtime to determine a winner.

"That was a big win because it made us 2-0 (in conference)," RHS coach Matt Mills said. "The last time we started the league 2-0 (2010-2011), we finished second."

Regulation ended with the teams knotted up at 51-51 and the first period of bonus play saw the scores locked at 56 each.

Seniors Alec Scott, Reed Weber and Adam Dinkins contributed four points each for the Cougars in the two overtime periods, allowing Rector to hold on for the win.

"Those three seniors mean a lot," Mills said. "They keep us going and make the plays we need when we need them."

Scott led all scorers with 24 points in the win. Dinkins and Weber finished with 15 points each. Also scoring for Rector were Lawson Ford, four points, and Nick Hardin, two points.

Augusta was led by Anfernee Neal's 18 points.

The Junior Cougars improved to 1-1 in conference action with a 40-30 win over Augusta.

Easton Tracy notched a game-high 20 points, including eight critical points in the fourth quarter to lead Rector to the win.

Rector led 7-6 after the first quarter, but fell behind, 18-17, at the half. The Junior Cougars went into the fourth with a 26-20 advantage.

Also scoring for Rector were Dustin Carter 8, Case Watson 7, Sam Simmons 3 and Brandon Shelton 2.

The Cougars are slated to host the RHS Hall of Fame Classic this weekend, if the weather allows. RHS is set to host Naylor at 7 p.m. Friday before squaring off with Sikeston in the final contest of the event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Junior Cougars are set to face CRA at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Rector is set to return to regular season action at McCrory on Dec. 10. The boys are slated to host Cross County beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

The Rector Cougars had one large mountain to try and climb Nov. 30 in the eighth annual First Midwest Bank Current River Challenge at the Dawg Pound in Van Buren, Mo., namely the Ellington (Mo.) Whippets' new secret weapon - 6-3 freshman post player Marshon Morrissey.

But when it came down to crunch time, Rector proved that it too, had a secret weapon at its disposal, namely sweet-shooting 6-3 senior swingman Reed Weber.

Weber drilled five triples - all in the second half of play - to help the Cougars fend off Ellington in a thrilling 71-69 victory.

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