Mohawk Boys and Girls in Early Season Action
The Piggott Mohawk basketball teams began their 2014-15 campaigns at home on Thursday, Nov. 13, hosting the Marmaduke Greyhounds at PHS. On the night the 'Hounds prevailed, taking the senior and junior high games while dropping the seventh grade contest. The following night the Tribe was once again in action at home, as they split with the Armorel Tigers. The boy's teams were scheduled to take on Gosnell this week, but due to the football playoffs only the seventh grade and junior high teams were to be in action Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, the junior and senior teams will return to play this Friday, Nov. 21, as they visit the Maynard Tigers in non-conference play.
The Tribe hosted Marmaduke for the season opener last Thursday, and dropped a 64-48 loss to the 7-0 'Hounds. The Tribe had a good first half, and trailed just 34-32 at intermission, but the visitors rode 21-9 advantage in scoring in the third quarter to the win.
The Piggott squad came out strong in the first quarter of the contest with Marmaduke, and trailed just 21-17 at the end of one. The Mohawks then outscored their visitors 15-13 in the second, and faced just a two point deficit at the break. But, Marmaduke responded in the second half, outscoring the Mohawks 30 to 16 in the two frames to notch the win.
Points for the Mohawks was evenly distributed, with nine players getting in the scoring column. Leading the way was Nick Harris with 9, while Quinton Mauldin finished with 7 and Logan Dixon, Nick McKinnie and Peyton Mann had 6 each. Leading the way for Marmaduke was Eddie Page with 27 while Hayden Winberry had 25.
As a team the Mohawks were just 3 of 8 from the free throw line, while the Greyhounds converted on 18 of their 25 tries from the charity stripe.
The junior Mohawks opened their season with a 42-26 loss to Marmaduke, scoring in single digits in all four frames. The Tribe came out and played even in the first, and trailed 10-9 entering the second period. In the second the 'Hounds outscored the Mohawks 14-2, as they took a 24-11 lead into the locker room at the half. The Greyhounds extended the lead to 30-18 by the end of the third, and cruised to the non-conference win.
Brier Staples led the Mohawks with 7, while Spencer Hardin and Josh Lyman finished with 6 each. As a team the Tribe converted on just one of two free throw attempts on the game. As for the Greyhounds, they were led by Derek Agee and Corey Burks with 10 points each and as a team they were 5 for 14 from the line.
The lone bright spot of the early season for the Tribe has been the seventh grade team, and they dominated Marmaduke in their opener by a final of 37-13. The young Mohawks had a strong game on defense, holding the 'Hounds scoreless in the second and to just one point in the fourth period.
Scoring by periods had the Mohawks up 13-6 after one, 22-6 at the half, 24-11 at the end of the third as they eased to the lopsided win.
Coming off the loss to Marmaduke the night before, the Mohawks came out flat on Friday night as they hosted Armorel. The Tribe had a dismal night from the floor, free throw line and on defense as they dropped a 56-30 non-conference loss to the Tigers.
Scoring by quarters saw the Tigers double up the Mohawks in the first quarter, as they led 16-8. They extended the lead to 29-12 by the halftime break, and enjoyed a 52-24 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Brewer with 8 points, while Harris finished with 6. As a team the Mohawks converted on just 4 of 15 trips to the charity stripe, and the squad had no three-point baskets on the game.
For the Tigers, they got a 24 point night from Nash Winters as they took the win.
The junior squad allowed the Tigers to jump out to an early lead in their contest Friday, and despite a strong second half dropped a 49-43 decision. The Tribe also had foul trouble in the contest, as they saw two starters foul-out as they sent the Tigers to the charity stripe 29 times on the game.
Scoring by quarters had the Tigers up 15-10 after one, and leading 20-12 at the halftime break. But, the Mohawks responded in the third quarter and outscored their visitors 10-7 in the period to cut it to a 37-22 game entering the fourth. Down the stretch the Mohawks continued to cut into the lead, but a big fourth quarter from Armorel's Monroe Carr was the difference. In the fourth period Carr made 16 trips to the free throw line, converting on 8 of those as the Tigers held on for the 6 point win.
On the game the Mohawks were just 3 of 7 from the charity stripe, and were led by Brier Staples with 10 points.
On the plus side, the seventh grade Mohawks were once again victorious over Armorel as they posted a 23-18 win over the Tigers.
Only the junior and senior squads will be in action Friday night at Maynard, with the first game set to tip-off at 6 p.m. The boys teams will then be off for the Thanksgiving holiday, with the senior team slated to return to action the following week in the Bernie Invitational Tournament. The following week they'll be playing in the Pre-Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Mohawk volleyball team has remained idle since the season-opening loss at Maynard, but has stayed busy in the gym under new head coach Barry DeHart. The girls were slated to take on Walnut Ridge this past Friday, but the game was postponed due to the Bobcat football team's playoff contest with Junction City. They did return to action Tuesday night at Rector, but dropped the set to the Lady Cougars. More details may be found in the Nov. 26 print and online editions of the CCTD.
They'll host Armorel on Tuesday, Nov.25, with the seventh grade, junior high and senior high teams in action beginning with a 5 p.m. first game tip-off. Following the Thanksgiving break they'll be taking part in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Westside. The tournament will be played the week of Dec. 1 to 6.
The following week, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, they're scheduled to visit Armorel to complete the home-and-away series. And, on Monday, Dec. 15, they'll swing into 3A-3 conference play at Rivercrest for a set with the Lady Colts.