Lady Mohawks Nail Down Conference Title

Thursday, October 16, 2014
The smiles, and the scoreboard, tell the story as the Lady Mohawks leave the PHS court following their title-clinching win over CRA Thursday night.

The Piggott Lady Mohawks notched two important conference wins last week. The Tribe beat Walnut Ridge on the road Tuesday, Oct. 7, to guarantee the at least a tie for first place in conference then clinched the title outright Thursday evening with a three set win over CRA at Piggott High.

Walnut Ridge

The Lady Mohawks made the trip to Lawrence County last Tuesday, and took on the Lady Bobcats of Walnut Ridge with a share of the conference title on the line. Going into the set both teams had one loss in 3A-Northeast, as the Tribe had dropped an earlier match to Hoxie but had beaten the Bobcats at PHS.

The Mohawks came out of the locker room and took the first set 25-20, but dropped the second to their hosts 16-25. The third game was a barnburner, with the two squads exchanging lengthy volleys, much to the delight of the crowd. But, to the dismay of the Walnut Ridge fans the Tribe was able to prevail by a final of 28-26. With momentum on their side the Mohawks took the fourth and deciding set easily by a final of 25-15.

The Mohawks had 40 kills on the night, with McKenzie Hopkins leading the way with 14, while MaKalia Beck finished with 10 and Bailey Pollard recorded 9. Shelby Chavez had 16 digs on the night, and Colby Crossfield contributed with 29 assists. Hopkins and Beck were also strong at the net on defense, as they combined for 12 blocks.

In the junior high match the Lady Mohawks also prevailed, as they took it 25-12 and 25-19. Leading the way was Emily Trosper with 6 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs and 2 blocks while Hannah Powell had 7 assists on the night.

CRA

On Thursday night a good crowd braved stormy conditions to support the Lady Mohawks at PHS, as they clinched the conference title for the second year in a row with a three set win over the Lady Falcons of Crowley's Ridge Academy.

Once again the Tribe came out of the locker room hot, and took the first set easily by a score of 25-9. But, the Lady Falcons responded in the second game with a strong performance, only to fall to the Mohawks 25-22. In game three the CRA team was no match for their hosts, as the Mohawks finished off their visitors 25-16.

Crossfield helped pace the attack with 16 assists for the Mohawks, as the team combined for 20 kills. Hopkins also had 8 blocks, as she continued to make her presence known at the net.

In the early set it was the Junior Lady Mohawks with a two set victory of CRA, as they took the match 25-12 and 25-19. Trosper once again had a big game with 6 kills and 2 blocks. She also had a big night at the service line, going 11 for 11 with 2 aces.

The Junior girls now prepare for this weekend's district tourney. The tournament will be played at Walnut Ridge High School.

The senior squad was scheduled to host the Portageville Lady Bulldogs Monday afternoon at PHS, but that set was cancelled. All teams were slated to be in action at home Tuesday afternoon they closed out the conference schedule with a straight set win over Ridgefield Christian, 25-7, 25-2, and 25-15 to further secure the first place finish. With the winds their record is 15-3 and 11-1 to finish conference play. The junior Mohawks won 26-24 and 25-16. Their record is now 6-5 in conference play.

The Lady Mohawks will observe Senior Night on Tuesday, Oct. 21, as they host their longtime rivals, the Lady Blazers of Valley View. The senior "B" and varsity teams are slated to be in action, with the first set to tip-off at 5 p.m.

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