Lady Mohawks Have a Busy Week on the Hardwood
The Piggott Lady Mohawks have had a busy week, playing four games in the past seven days in both regular season and tournament play. Last week the senior squad took part in a tournament at Corning, and went 1-2. Then, Monday night both squads made the trip to Rivercrest and fell to the Lady Colts in 3A-3 play.
The Lady Mohawks took on the Kennett Lady Indians in their first round tournament game at Corning last Thursday, Jan. 16 and took the win 46 to 34. Leading the way for the Mohawks was Devyn Staples with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. Bailey Pollard was also in double figures with 10 points, while Kacey Crossfield finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds and one assist; McKenzie Hopkins had 6 points and Jessie Scheffler finished with 4 points, but had 4 rebounds and 5 assists to her credit.
Leading the way for the Lady Indians in the loss was Heidi Shetley with 16 points.
The win over Kennett moved the Tribe into the second round of the tourney and a game with the tough Lady Eagles of Naylor.
The Naylor squad jumped out to an early lead, and stifled the Mohawk offensive effort, en route to a 57-20 win. Bre Chandler led the Tribe in scoring with 5, while Pollard had 4 points in the non-conference loss. Pruett was top scorer for Naylor with 17.
The loss to Naylor in the second round earned the Lady Mohawks a spot in the third place game, as they took on another Southeast Missouri team, the Hayti Lady Indians.
The Hayti squad jumped out to an early lead, and enjoyed a 14-6 advantage by the end of the first quarter. The Tribe responded in the second, and held their own with the Lady Indians 13-15 in the period. The Tribe also had a big third period, outscoring the girls in black and gold 20-13 in the quarter to pull back into the contest. But, the Hayti girls outscored the Mohawks down the stretch--taking the fourth quarter 19-9 to notch the victory by a final of 59-50.
Staples led the Lady Mohawks with 14, while Pollard finished with 9, Crossfield had 8 points and 6 rebounds and Shelby Chavez finished with 4 points and eight rebounds. Leading the Hayti offense was Greniqua Rodgers with 23.
The Lady Mohawks resumed conference play Monday night at Rivercrest and were swept by their hosts.
In the varsity contest the talented Lady Colts jumped out early, and enjoyed a 29-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. The two teams played even in the second, each scoring 10 points in the frame, as Rivercrest led 29-18 at intermission.
In the third the Lady Colts once again stepped up the defensive pressure, taking the frame 25-8, as they enjoyed a 54-26 lead entering the fourth. The hosts then cruised through the fourth quarter, notching the 75-28 conference win.
"We had our issues handling the pressure," noted Coach Alan Rabjohn. "When they backed off our guards we were able to respond, but once it got a bit close they put the pressure on again and pulled away."
Crossfield had 9 points to lead the Tribe in the loss, while Sydney Tarno returned to the line-up following an illness and had 6 points. Rounding out the Mohawk scoring effort were Chavez with 4, and Pollard and Staples with 3 each. Taylor Harris paced the Rivercrest offense with 23.
Following the four game stretch the Lady Mohawks now stand at 6-9 on the season.
The senior Lady Mohawks are scheduled to be in action this Friday, Jan. 24 in a twin set with the boy's team as they host the Caruthersville Tigers. They'll also be in action Monday, Jan. 27 as they host Hoxie, and the following night, Tuesday, Jan. 28, they host Rivercrest at PHS with all teams in action.