Lady Cougars Pick Up Non-Conference Win

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Harmony Brown spins out of the high post on her way to the basket against Corning

The Rector Lady Cougars picked up their first win of the 2014-2015 season with a 45-36 victory over the visiting Lady Tigers of Armorel Monday night in Rector.

The Lady Cougars benefitted from a powerful outing by senior post Harmony Brown. Brown finished with a game-high 24 points on the night, including a blistering 12 of 14 from the charity stripe, as she took control of the paint.

"Harmony played real well for us, and has started off averaging around 15 points a game," RHS coach Matt Dean said. "She's given us a spark inside and has played tough."

Tori Hill, a junior, added 10 points for the Lady Cougars in the win. Matison Dean, six points, and Marla Crancer, five, rounded out the Rector scoring.

Rector led after each frame: 7-9; 19-15 and 30-21.

The Lady Cougars were again bitten by the injury bug, as sophomore Sophi Adams left the game Monday night with a broken hand and is currently wearing a cast. Senior Brittany Fair, the squad's returning leading scorer from a year ago, went down in the first game of the season with a knee injury. Fair is expected to miss several weeks, possibly more.

The Lady Cougars are now 1-2 overall. The girls were set to host county rival Piggott Tuesday evening before welcoming conference foe Marked Tree beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rector. RHS is set to host Earle beginning at 6 p.m. Monday night.

Corning created breathing room at the start of the fourth quarter and was able to hold off the Lady Cougars, 71-65, in the meeting between the Clay County rivals Thursday night in Rector. Corning entered the final stanza with a 52-48 lead, but soon took a nine-point advantage on a pair of free throws by Ashley Payne and an and-one drive by Becca Young in the first minute of the period.

Rector cut the lead to six on two occasions in the final minute, on back-to-back triples by Crancer and Matison Dean and later on a short turnaround jumper by Crancer, but the visitors made four key free throws down the stretch to hold off the charge.

Brown paced Rector with 23 points on the night, including nine of 11 free throws. Hill buried five three-pointers on her way to 19 points. Dean, 13 points, and Crancer, 10, rounded out the Lady Cougar offense.

Kaytie Manett led Corning with 23 points on the night. Young, 16, and Payne, 14, also netted double figures for the Lady Bobcats.

Rector opened the hardwood season on the road with a 40-19 loss to a tough, experienced Pocahontas team on Nov. 11.

The even-numbered quarters were tricky for the Lady Cougars, who managed a total of two points in the second and fourth frames. RHS trailed throughout: 13-9; 22-10 and 29-19.

Dean led the squad with nine points on the night. Crancer finished with five, while Hill had three and Adams scored two points.

The toughest loss of the night was a serious knee injury to senior Brittany Fair. She is expected to miss several weeks of action and is requiring the use of crutches for support. This reporter and RHS fans wish her a full, fast recovery.

Junior Girls

The Junior Lady Cougars fell to Armorel 24-15 Monday night.

The teams ended the first quarter tied at 4-4, but the Junior Lady Cougars would finish the first half without another point, heading into intermission down five points, 9-4.

Maddie Hobbs led Rector with seven points on the night. Gabby Clark, five points, and Colby Robinson, three, rounded out the Junior Lady Cougar scoring.

The Junior Lady Cougars battled Corning in a hard-fought in-county meeting this past Thursday, in which the visiting Junior Lady Bobcats emerged with a 35-29 victory.

Clark paced Rector with nine points. Eighth grader Mylesa Gant added eight points in the game. Colby Robinson, six, Maddie Hobbs, four, and Gracie Patterson, two points, also reached the scorers' column for the Junior Lady Cougars.

Cara Johnson led Corning with 12 points.

The visitors made 13 of 28 free throws to Rector's nine of 16 at the stripe.

The junior girls opened the season at Pocahontas on Nov. 11, where they dropped a tough 40-10 contest to the larger squad.

Gant finished with four points while Maddie Hobbs, Patterson and Colby Robinson added two points each.

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