Cougars Advance to District Semi-Finals

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rector senior Reed Weber drives to the basket in last week's regular season finale against Piggott.

It took an extra frame, but the Cougars were able to advance to the second round of the 2A-3 District Tournament at Monette with a 59-50 overtime win over the McCrory Jaguars Monday night. A missed defensive assignment allowed McCrory to tie the game at 50-50 late in regulation. Then, Wednesday evening the RHS squad advanced to the finals with a nine point win over Riverside.

"We left them an opening and they came back to tie the game," RHS coach Matt Mills said of the McCrory contest. "We left someone unguarded and they took advantage of it. At that point, it would've been easy to hang our heads and just give up, but that's not who we are as a team."

Seniors Adam Dinkins and Alec Scott came through with key buckets in the bonus period, propelling the Cougars to the win. Dinkins hit two shots and a free throw and Scott added two free throws and a bucket down the stretch.

"Those two guys gave us a lift in the overtime," Mills said. "We needed points, and they made it happen."

Rector struggled at times to find its shooting touch as a team.

"It definitely wasn't one of our better nights shooting the ball, but we did enough to win," Mills said. "At this time of the year, it doesn't matter whether you win by one or 31, just as long as you win and keep playing."

The contest was nip-and-tuck throughout, with the score tied at 11-11 after the first frame and 33-33 heading into the fourth. Rector held a 24-20 advantage at intermission.

Dinkins paced the Cougars with 25 points in the win. Scott, 15 points, and Reed Weber, 12, also reached double figures in scoring. Also scoring for RHS were Danny Hager 3, Garrett Buck 2 and Nick Hardin 2.

Woods led McCrory with 19 points in the loss.

Wednesday night the Cougars punched their ticket to the regional at Pangburn, posting a 73-62 win over Riverside. They'll take on the host Mustangs at 5:30 this afternoon, Thursday, Feb. 20, with the winner advancing to Friday night's championship game against the winner of the EPC-Augusta game. Tip-off is set for around 7:30 p.m. following the 6 p.m. start for the girl's final.

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