Lady Cougars Post Important Conference Win
The Lady Cougars improved to 2-1 in conference 2A-3 and 4-3 overall with a 52-44 victory over the visiting Riverside Lady Rebels Monday night in Rector.
The Lady Cougars held off a Riverside surge in the fourth quarter, which saw the Lady Rebels bury seven three-pointers in the frame en route to outpacing Rector 23-12 in the final stanza. Critical free throws from Marla Crancer, three of four, Tori Hill, two of three, and Dominique Coln, two for two, helped the Lady Cougars hold on for the pivotal conference victory.
Rector held a slim lead, 13-12, after the first quarter, and built a sizeable 12-point advantage at intermission, 27-15. The Lady Cougars looked to be on their way to victory with ease heading into the final frame, in front, 40-24.
Harmony Brown netted a game-high 20 points for Rector. Matison Dean added 13 points in the victory. Also scoring for the Lady Cougars were Crancer 7, Hill 7 and Coln 5.
Haven Robertson led Riverside with 11 points on the night.
The Lady Cougars will take part in the annual RHS Hall of Fame Classic beginning Thursday night in Rector. The girls will resume regular season play at 6 p.m. Monday night when they host CRA.
The Junior Lady Cougars fell in their meeting with Riverside, 30-22. The visitors led throughout: 8-6; 19-8 and 20-17.
Scoring for Rector were Gabby Clark 7, Maddie Hobbs 6, Jackie Beck 5 and Gracie Patterson 4.
The Lady Cougars dropped a heartbreaker to Earle Tuesday, Nov. 25, falling 52-50 in overtime.
Foul trouble played a role in slowing the Lady Cougars in the fourth frame, which Earle used to fight back after trailing by double figures for much of the third quarter. Rector led 37-27 going into the final stanza, but the visitors clawed back to end regulation with the score tied at 44-44. Rector held a two point advantage in the final seconds, following technical foul free throw by Harmony Brown with 40 seconds remaining and another free throw from Dean with 9.6 remaining. Aundra Allen stole the ball for Earle, dishing off to Alana Brown for a layup down the middle of the lane with two seconds showing to force the extra frame.
The Lady Cougars were able to add a few free throws in bonus play, but turnovers allowed Earle to add points in transition. RHS trailed 52-48 with under a minute to play, and Earle was left vulnerable giving the ball back on two steals, with the second turnover coming when the team called timeout when none were available, resulting in a technical foul. Hill hit one of two from the stripe with 3.4 seconds left, but a three-point attempt on the ensuing possession went over the rim. Coln put the offensive rebound back in at the buzzer for the Lady Cougars, setting the final in place.
Dean paced Rector with 21 points on the night. Hill and Crancer notched 11 points each. Brown, five points, and Coln, two, rounded out the Lady Cougar scoring.
Allen led Earle with 21 points.
The Junior Lady Cougars fell to Earle, 47-16.
Mylessa Gant and Beck led Rector with five points each. Clark, four points, and Kim Lamar, two, also scored for the Junior Lady Cougars.