Lady Mohawks Record First Win of the Season

Thursday, December 4, 2014
As Coach Barry DeHart and the bench look on, Shelby Pruett-Chavez battles for a rebound in recent action at Maynard.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks notched their first win of the season at home Tuesday, Nov. 25, as they beat Armorel 56-50, while the junior girls fell to the Lady Tigers. Both squads were scheduled to be in action Tuesday evening in the first round of the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Westside.

The Tribe stood at 0-2 entering the contest under new head coach Barry DeHart, after dropping non-conference games at Maynard and Rector. Against Armorel the Mohawks saw their hosts jump out to an early lead, but the squad battled back in the third and held on down the stretch to post the win.

"We got the lead in the third quarter, and got up by around 15 at one point," DeHart said of the contest. "But, that's when we started to play tentatively, and almost let them back in game."

The two squads played even in the first quarter, as the Lady Tigers enjoyed a 10-9 advantage entering the second. The Tribe began to show more dominance in the second period, outscoring their hosts 17-14 in the frame to take a 26-24 lead into the locker room at the half.

After making their halftime adjustments, the Mohawks came out strong in the third and outscored Armorel 22-11 in the period to take a 48-35 lead into the fourth.

"We just need to get used to playing with the lead, it's something we really need to work on," DeHart said of the situation.

Throughout the fourth quarter the Lady Tigers mounted a comeback run, as they continued to send the Tribe to the free-throw line. In fact, during the pivotal fourth quarter the Lady Mohawks did all their scoring from the charity stripe, as they hit eight free throws. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers also spent much of the fourth quarter at the free-throw line as well, as they converted on 12 attempts in the frame while adding just one three-point basket from the floor.

Alexa DeHart was the only Mohawk in double figures as she scored 10, and was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free throw line. She also pulled down two rebounds and had two assists on the game. Micah Hobbs fouled out late with 9 points, one rebound and a steal; Devyn Staples finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 assists; Bailey Pollard had 7 points, 2 rebounds and an assist; Shelby Pruett-Chavez fouled out with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals; MaKalia Beck had 5 points, 3 steals and 3 rebounds; Quest Emerson also finished with 5 points, was 3 of 4 from the free throw line and had 4 rebounds; Grayson Murray finished with 4 points and 2 board and McKenzie Hopkins had just two points but also contributed 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.

Leading the way for Armorel was Shelbie Collard with 14 points, including an 8 of 11 showing from the charity stripe, while Tia Sellers had 18 and Amanda Skelton had 11.

As a team the Lady Mohawks visited the free-throw line a total of 47 times, converting on 24 of those attempts. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers shot a total of 41 free throws, and made 29 of their attempts.

With the win the Tribe improves to 1-2 overall.

Junior Girls

The Junior Lady Mohawks continue to have their issues scoring as the young season progresses, and last Tuesday evening dropped a 28-21 non-conference home loss to Armorel. The Junior Lady Tigers also had their difficulties scoring in the contest, as both squads scored in single digits in all but one quarter.

The visitors jumped out to the early lead in the contest, and enjoyed an 8-5 advantage by the end of the first quarter. In the second frame the Lady Mohawks continued to have trouble finding their groove as they could only muster two points in the period, and Armorel took a 13-7 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Lady Tigers continued to show their dominance in the third quarter, outscoring the Mohawks 10-8 in the frame to extend their lead to 23-15. And, down the stretch the Tribe could do little to cut into the lead, winning the fourth quarter 6-5, but dropping the contest by 7.

Reagan Ralph led the Mohawks with 6 points, and a 4 for 8 night from the charity stripe; Emily Massey finished with 4 points, Emilee Seegraves, Hannah Powell and Brielle Burkman had 3 each and Taylor Seal finished with 2 points. Leading the way for Armorel was Rachel McKuin with 20 of their 28 points.

As a team the Lady Mohawks converted on 9 of 21 free throws, while the Lady Tigers were 7 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Both the junior and senior teams are playing in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Westside High School this week. The junior girls were scheduled to take on second-seeded Brookland Tuesday afternoon, and with a win would advance to a 5:30 p.m. start on Thursday against the winner of the Harrisburg-Ridgefield Christian game. With a loss they'll move into the consolation bracket, and will play at 5 p.m. Friday against the loser of the Harrisburg-Ridgefield Christian game.

Meanwhile, there are only four teams in the senior bracket so a round-robin format is being used. The Lady Mohawks were slated to play Westside's Lady Warriors Tuesday evening, and regardless of the outcome will face the Lady Hornets of Harrisburg at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Westside High School.

They'll return to regular season play on Tuesday, Dec. 9, as they'll visit Armorel to complete the home-and-away series. They're slated to begin conference play at home on Thursday, Dec. 11, as the Corning Lady Bobcats will visit PHS for 3A-3 action.

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