Cougars Roll to Homecoming Win
The Cougars notched a big win for homecoming Friday night in Rector, downing the visiting McCrory Jaguars, 72-51.
Senior Reed Weber stepped up for the Cougars in the matchup, scoring a game-high 26 points for RHS. Weber helped Rector take control early, posting nine points in the opening frame as RHS emerged from the first quarter with a 17-6 advantage. Senior Alec Scott also had a big night for the Cougars, scoring 18 points while dishing out assists and getting in the passing lanes.
Rector led 37-20 at intermission and 47-32 going into the fourth stanza.
The Cougars spread the ball around on offense, as 12 RHS players reached the scorers' column on the night. Other Rector scorers were Danny Hager 8, Landen Crancer 4, Garrett Buck 3, Adam Dinkins 2, Lawson Ford 2, Nick Hardin 2, Chito Martinez 2, Wes McCluskey 2, Skyler Shockley 2 and Huston Highfill 2.
The Cougars moved to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in 2A-3 with the win.
Easton Tracy notched eight of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Junior Cougars surge to a 48-41 victory over McCrory Friday night. The teams entered the fourth quarter all knotted up at 34-34. Rector led 14-12 after the first and 26-22 at halftime.
Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were Case Watson 9, Sam Simmons 6, Matt Hynds 4, Dustin Carter 4 and Kirk Beshears 2.
The Cougars topped 2A-3 rival Riverside in Lake City, 68-53, on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
RHS led throughout: 18-11; 31-24 and 45-38.
Scott paced the Cougars on the evening, netting 23 points for Rector. Dinkins and Weber also scored in double digits, posting 15 and 14, respectively, in the win. Also scoring for RHS were Hager 5, Buck 5, Hardin 4 and Crancer 2.
The Cougars were set to visit Cross County at Cherry Valley Tuesday night, as the regular season approaches its conclusion. Rector is set to visit EPC Friday before hosting Marmaduke beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.
RHS coach Matt Mills has worked with his team in the hopes of making another postseason run.
"I feel like it's finally all coming together," Mills said. "I feel like our last two games are the best we've played all year."
The Cougars are currently sitting in fifth place in 2A-3, but could move up in the conference standings, and in the district tournament seeding, by finishing strong.
"We've been playing extremely hard defensively, and hopefully we can keep that up down the stretch. I'm excited to play these next four games (at Cross County, at EPC, at home against Marmaduke and at BIC) and see where we finish. If we win three of these next four and Riverside beats Marked Tree, we can finish as high as third, which would be ideal for us."
The Junior Cougars fell to Riverside, 39-21, on Jan. 21.
Rector trailed throughout: 13-6; 22-11 and 31-15.
Watson led Rector with eight points. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were Hynds 7, Simmons 3, Beshears 2 and Carter 1.