Lady Mohawks Fall to Earle, Sweep Lady Seminole

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Piggott's McKenzie Hopkins looks for room to shoot in the Lady Mohawk's loss to Earle last week. Pictured preparing to rebound for the Tribe are Kacey Crossfield (22), Jessie Scheffler (4) and Devyn Staples (1).

The Piggott Lady Mohawks split a pair of conference games in the past week, dropping a pair to the Earle Lady Bulldogs last Thursday at PHS and then sweeping the Lady Seminole of Osceola on the road Monday evening.

Earle Games

The Tribe hosted the Lady Bulldogs of Earle on Thursday, Jan. 9 and fell in both the junior and senior games. In the senior contest the Mohawks hung with their visitors early, but faded down the stretch as they came up on the short end of a 48-33 decision.

Leading the way for the Mohawks in the loss was Kacey Crossfield with 10 points, while Devyn Staples finished with 7, Bailey Pollard had 6 and McKenzie Hopkins, Shelby Chavez and MaKalia Beck each had 4 points. Pacing the Earle attack was Lacordia Williams with 18, as the Mohawks were able to shut down the Lady Bulldogs top scorers.

"We knew we had to try to stop #10 (Aundrea Allen) and #32 (Shakina Poole)," noted Coach Alan Rabjohn. "And we did a good job, they only had 17 between them--but #14 (Williams) really stepped up and hit some big shots."

Scoring by quarters illustrated the Tribe's hot start, as the game stood at 10-10 after the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled ahead 23-18 by intermission and took a 33-26 lead into the final frame.

In the early contest the Junior Lady Mohawks dropped their game by a final of 53-33, after also playing to a 10-10 tie at the end of the first quarter. But the Earle squad outscored the Mohawks 16-8 in the second quarter, 17-8 in the third and 10-7 in the fourth to notch the conference win.

Grayson Murray led the Mohawks with 8 points and 9 rebounds, while Reagan Ralph finished with 5 and Colby Crossfield, Hannah Powell, Emily Trosper and Emily Massey finished with 4 each. Roshala Scott led all scorers with 25 for Earle.

Osceola Games

The Lady Mohawks rebounded from the loss Monday night, traveling to Osceola and taking a pair from the Lady Seminole.

In the senior contest the Tribe came out and played stingy defense, allowing only a free-throw in the first quarter of play as they took an 11-1 lead. The Tribe kept the pressure on in the second, winning the frame 14-10, as they took a 25-11 advantage into the locker room at the half.

The squad also scored in double digits in the third, outscoring their hosts 10-7, as they led 35-18 entering the fourth quarter. Down the stretch the Seminole made a run, outscoring the Tribe 15-10 in the period, but the Mohawks held on for the 12 point conference win.

Chavez led the Tribe with 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Staples finished with 7 points, 5 boards and 3 assists; Crossfield had 6 points and 6 rebounds; Jessie Scheffler had 6 points and 8 rebounds and Hopkins finished with 6 points and four rebounds. Leading the way for Osceola was Green with 16.

In the junior high contest the Lady Mohawks outscored their hosts in each quarter, en route to a 41-25 conference win. Murray was once again top scorer with 9 points and 4 rebounds, while Crossfield and Reagan Ralph had 8 points each, Trosper finished with 7 and Massey had 5. As a team the Lady Mohawks converted on 13 of 31 free throw attempts. Leading the Lady Seminole was H. Baker with 10.

The Lady Mohawks are playing in a tournament at Corning this week, with games set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Mohawks are seeded third behind Corning and Naylor, with Maynard, Hayti, Kennett and Malden in the remaining seeds. Their first round game is set for 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 16 as they take on the Kennett Lady Indians. With a win the Mohawks will take on the winner of the Naylor-Malden game at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. If they fall they'll play at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the consolation bracket against the loser of the Naylor-Malden contest. A win in the second round will earn the Tribe a spot in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. A win in the consolation round will earn them a trip to the final in that bracket, to be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The seventh place game will be played among the consolation semi-final losers at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the third place game, for the loser in the semi-finals of the championship bracket, will play at 4 p.m. Saturday. Next Friday, Jan. 24 the senior girls are slated to take part in a twin-bill with the senior boys against the Caruthersville Tigers.

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