Lady Mohawks Roll over Tigers, Fall to Mustangs
The Piggott Lady Mohawks rolled over Caruthersville in a non-conference twin set with the boy's team last Friday, Jan. 24. Then, Monday night the Tribe was swept in conference play at PHS by the Lady Mustangs of Hoxie. They were slated to be back in action at home Tuesday evening against Rivercrest and will play two more conference sets this week with games at Harrisburg Thursday and Hoxie on Saturday morning.
The Lady Mohawks hosted the Lady Tigers at PHS last week as part of a set with the senior boys and senior "B" team and notched a 68-26 win. With a total of 12 of the 13 players on the roster scoring, the Tribe jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
The Mohawks set the tone early in their game with Caruthersville, jumping on the visitors to the tune of a 17-4 tally by the end of the first. The Mohawks extended the lead with a 17-11 second quarter, and enjoyed a 39-15 advantage at intermission.
But, the Tribe wasn't finished as they came out after the break and had their best quarter of the night, outscoring Caruthersville 25-8 in the period. With the subs in action, the Mohawks continued to dominate both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter--taking the frame 9-3 en route to the win.
Micah Hobbs led the offense with 13 points, with 9 of those coming in the first half. Meanwhile, Ambra Massey had 8, MaKalia Beck finished with 7 and McKenzie Hopkins, Devyn Staples, Sydney Tarno and Alexis DeHart had 6 each. Shelby Chavez had 7 rebounds on the game, and Hopkins finished with 5, as the Tribe compiled a total of 30 boards on the night. The Lady Tigers were paced by Mariah Jackson with 11 points.
The Lady Mohawks returned to conference play Monday night, and dropped a pair of lopsided games to Hoxie. In the senior high match-up the Lady Mustangs jumped out to an early lead, and were up 12-2 late in the first quarter and held on to enjoy a 12-5 lead after one. But, the Tribe responded and tied the game in the second, as they outscored Hoxie 12-10 in the period, giving the visitors a 22-17 halftime advantage.
But, the Lady Mohawks went cold in the second half of the game, as Hoxie outscored the Tribe 9-5 in the third and 20-4 in the fourth to post the 52-26 win.
"We hung with them for awhile, but just weren't hitting our shots," noted Coach Alan Rabjohn of the loss. "Then, when Jessie (Scheffler) went down late it just fell apart."
Rabjohn was referring to a fourth quarter ankle injury to senior center Jessie Scheffler, which sidelined her for the final minutes of the ballgame. According to Rabjohn, Scheffler rolled the ankle after stepping on the foot of one of the Hoxie players causing a severe sprain. She's questionable for the remaining games this week.
Kacey Crossfield led the Mohawks with 7 points and 6 rebounds, while Bailey Pollard finished with 3 points, two rebounds and one assist; Hobbs had 3 points, one rebound and one assist while Tarno, DeHart, Chavez and Beck had 2 points each in the loss. Brandy Alls led the Lady Mustangs with 15.
In the early contest the junior Lady Mohawks also had their issues scoring, as they dropped a 35-14 conference decision to the Mustangs.
Grayson Murray and Madison Pool had 4 each in the loss, as the junior girls shot a dismal 2 of 11 from the free throw line. Kateline Henson paced the Lady Mustang junior squad with 9 in the win.
As mentioned, the Tribe was slated to host the Rivercrest Lady Colts Tuesday night, will visit Harrisburg Thursday and will travel to Hoxie Saturday morning to make-up a set which was called due to weather earlier in the season. Saturday's junior high game will tip-off at 10 a.m., with the varsity contest to follow, at Hoxie High School. Both squads will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Earle as part of a quad set with the junior and senior boys.