Lady Mohawks Drop Pair to Corning
The Piggott Lady Mohawks began January with a home set against the talented Lady Bobcats of Corning Monday, Jan. 6 and were swept by their cross-county rivals. The senior squad from Corning doubled up the Tribe 64-32, while the junior game also went to the visitors 42-27, despite strong starts by both Piggott teams.
The Lady Mohawks looked sharp in the early going of their contest with the Lady Bobcats, a team which many feel is likely the third best in 3A-3 behind Rivercrest and Manila. A strong opening quarter, which included three 3-point baskets by senior Bre Chandler, propelled the Mohawks to a 20-17 lead by the end of the first. But, the Lady Bobcats responded in the second quarter and outscored their hosts 18-5 in the frame, giving them a 35-25 halftime advantage.
In the second half the Corning girls increased their presence on both ends of the floor, and took the frame 24-3 as the Tribe went cold from the field. In the fourth quarter both coaches emptied their benches and the visitors outscored the Mohawks 5-4 to set the final score.
Kacey Crossfield paced the Mohawks with 10 points, with 7 of them coming in the first half. She also had two rebounds and one assist. Meanwhile, Chandler finished with the 9 points she knocked down in the first quarter, and had three boards in the loss. Guard Devyn Staples had an off night, scoring just 6 points with 5 of them coming in the first half, as she handed out 2 assists. Rounding out the scoring for Coach Alan Rabjohn's squad were Micah Hobbs with 5, including 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and Bailey Pollard with 2. As a team the Lady Mohawks converted on 8 of 13 free throw attempts.
Meanwhile, Shayna Casinger paced the Corning attack with 26 points, 18 of them coming in the first half, and Becca Young finished with 13. As a team the Lady Bobcats were 9 of 11 from the charity stripe.
Both squads got off to a slow start in the early contest Monday night at PHS, with the Lady Bobkittens pushing ahead 10-6 by the end of the first quarter. But, the Junior Lady Mohawks responded in the second and outscored their visitors 8-7 in the frame, sending Corning into the locker room at intermission with a 17-14 lead.
The Piggott squad continued to hang tough with Corning in the third, but were outscored 14-10 in the period as the Lady Bobkittens took a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
But, late in the ballgame the visitors stepped-up their defensive effort and the Mohawk shooters went cold. As a result the Corning squad took the quarter 11-3, and set the final for the game at 42-27.
Grayson Murray led the junior Mohawks with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, while Colby Crossfield finished with 7 points, 5 boards and 2 assists. Meanwhile, Reagan Ralph fouled out with 6 points, Hannah Powell had 5 points and 4 assists and Emily Trosper also got in the scoring column with a free throw. As a team the Piggott junior girls shot a fairly dismal 5 of 13 from the charity stripe.
Meanwhile, Kaytie Manatt led the Corning girls with 16 points, and as a team the visitors converted on 8 of 13 attempts at the charity stripe.
Both Lady Mohawk teams are slated to be back in action this Thursday, Jan. 9 as they host the Lady Bulldogs of Earle in the PHS gym. Next Monday, Jan. 13, they're scheduled to visit the Lady Seminole at Osceola.