Mohawk Boys and Girls in Tournament Play
In an effort to prepare for the upcoming conference season with quality opposition, the Piggott Mohawks took part in the Invitational Tournament held at Holcomb High School last week. The Tribe, somewhat unaccustomed the physical style of play of the SEMO teams, fell by wide margins in the first two games, but turned things around late in the final contest with Risco to post a two point win.
The Mohawks entered the eight team bracket as the seventh seed, and took on second seeded Bloomfield in the first round Tuesday, Dec. 2. But, cold shooting by the Tribe both from the floor and the free throw line resulted in a 70-52 win for the Wildcats.
Leading the way for the Mohawks in the loss was Nicholas Harris, as he scored 16 points and converted on 6 of 8 free throws on the game. On the other hand, the remainder of the team was 0 for 2 from the charity stripe.
Also scoring for the Mohawks were Brayden Brewer and Logan Dixon with 9 each, while Nick McKinnie finished with 8, Quinton Mauldin had 6 and Peyton Mann had 4 points.
Thursday evening the Mohawks returned to Holcomb, and took on the host Hornets in the consolation bracket. But, once again the Tribe had a cold night, with the exception of Brewer, as they fell 52-35.
Scoring by quarters had the Hornets up 15-10 after one, and a four point second by the Tribe gave them a 23-14 advantage at intermission. The host team extended their lead to 37-24 going into the fourth quarter, and they outscored the Mohawks 13-11 in the fourth to set the final score.
Brewer had the hot hand from the floor and the free throw line, scoring 14 points and converting on 5 of 5 free throws on the game. McKinnie had 6 points in the loss and Harris finished with 5. As a team, thanks to Brewer's perfect night, the Mohawks were 10 of 17 from the line.
Leading the way for the Hornets was Chance Davis with 14, while Jacob Adkins was also in double figures with 10.
With the loss to Holcomb the Mohawks moved into the seventh place game Friday evening, and a contest with the Risco Tigers. And, thanks to a strong second half effort paced by Brewer, and a late basket by Harris, the Mohawks came from behind to take the win 38-36.
The Tribe came out cold again in their contest with the Tigers, but so did their opponents, as the score stood at 10-8 in favor of the Mohawks after one. The two teams played even in the second frame, with both squeezing out just 8 points in the quarter, and the Piggott squad took an 18-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
But, the Tigers came out strong in the third quarter and pushed ahead 23-22 mid-way through the frame. They continued to pressure the Tribe at both ends of the floor, and outscored the Mohawks 13-6 in the period to take a 29-24 advantage into the fourth.
But, the Mohawks responded in the fourth quarter by stepping up both defense and offense, and outscored the Risco squad down the stretch. In fact, the Mohawks held the Tigers to just 7 in the fourth quarter, as they had only one field goal and 5 free throws in the period.
The Tribe was finally able to take the lead late in the contest, as Harris hit a layup along the baseline to put the Mohawks up by one. Brewer, who had 9 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, also converted on 4 of 6 free throws in the frame to secure the win.
Along with Brewer's 18, the Mohawk got 6 points from Harris and another 6 from McKinnie, before he fouled out late. Rounding out the scoring was Mauldin with 4 while Dixon and Beau Jett had 2 each. Leading the way for Risco in the loss was Drew Fortner with 9.
The Mohawk boys and girls basketball teams have been busy in the past week, with all squads seeing action.
The junior and senior boy's teams are in action this week in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Ridgefield Christian. Tuesday afternoon the junior boys took on Westside in their first round game, while the senior boys were slated to face Trumann in the late game. Results were not available as of press time.
With a win, the junior boys would advance to take on the winner of the Trumann-Ridgefield Christian game at 4:30 p.m. Friday. A loss would send them into the consolation bracket, and a 5 p.m. tip on Thursday against the winner of that contest. The consolation semi-finals, and the championship game, are set for Saturday.
With a win over the Wildcats, the senior boys would advance to the semi-finals, and would take on the top-seeded Brookland Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. A loss would send them into the consolation bracket, and a 7:30 p.m. tip on Friday.
The Tribe is slated to begin conference play next Tuesday, Dec. 16, as they're scheduled to host Rivercrest, and on Friday, Dec. 19, they'll host the Hoxie Mustangs for their final game before the holiday break.
The Piggott Lady Mohawks competed in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Westside High School last week, with each of the two teams dropping a pair of contests. The girls squads were scheduled to be back in action Tuesday evening at Armorel, and will host the Lady Bobcats of Corning on Thursday, Dec. 11 at PHS.
The Lady Mohawk senior squad took on the host Westside Lady Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the first of their games in the round-robin bracket, and dropped a 37-31 decision. A cold first quarter, and poor free throw shooting, left the Tribe in a hole early although the battled back as the game progressed.
The Lady Warriors jumped out to an 11-3 lead after the first period, but the Mohawks cut it to a 17-13 deficit with a strong second. The Tribe went on to outscore Westside 10-5 in the third, as they took a 23-22 lead into the fourth quarter. But, the Lady Warriors responded in the final frame, and outscored the Mohawks 15-8 in the frame to post the win.
Bailey Pollard led the Mohawks with 7 points, while MaKalia Beck, Devyn Staples and Grayson Murray had 6 each, Alexa DeHart finished with 4 and Micah Hobbs had 2 in the loss. As a team, the Tribe converted on just 5 of 14 free throw attempts.
The Tribe took on former conference foe Harrisburg on Thursday, Dec. 4, and fell 38-28. And, once again, a slow start and poor free-throw shooting led to the loss.
The Lady Hornets had a productive first quarter, and led 14-2 going into the second. The Tribe responded by outscoring Harrisburg 11-7 in the second, but trailed 21-13 at the half. The Mohawks also had a strong third quarter, and took the frame 12-3, cutting the Harrisburg lead to just a single point, 24-23, going into the final period. Down the stretch the Lady Hornets were able to convert on their free throws, as they outscored the Tribe 14-5 in the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Staples had 12 points for the Mohawks in the win, while Pollard finished with 4 and Beck had 4 points in the loss. Craft led Harrisburg in the win with 16. As a team the Mohawks converted on just 2 of 9 free throw attempts, while the Lady Hornets were of 11 of 14 from the charity stripe.
The Junior Lady Mohawks took on Brookland in their first round game at Westside, and fell 45-20 to the 4A Lady Bearcats.
The Mohawks got off to a very slow start, and trailed 18-0 at the end of the first. They were also outscored in the second quarter, 6-5, as Brookland enjoyed a 24-5 lead at the break. In the third quarter the Mohawks outscored their opponents 8-7, but still trailed 31-13 going into the final frame. And, the Lady Bearcats kept the pressure up in the fourth, taking the frame 14-7 to set the final score.
Emily Massey led the Mohawks with 6, while Brielle Burkman finished with 4, Jerrica Stokes fouled out late with 4, Emilee Seegraves had 3 and Hannah Powell finished with 2 points. As a team the junior girls were 3 of 8 from the free throw line. For Brookland, Letti Hoffman had 9, and as a team they converted on 9 of 18 free throws.
With the loss to Brookland, the junior girls moved into the consolation bracket and faced Ridgefield Christian on Friday. But, once again the girls suffered through a cold first quarter as they dropped the non-conference game 27-15.
Both teams had scoring issues in the first, as the Lady Warriors led 4-0 after one. They extended the lead to 12-2 by the halftime break and were ahead 19-10 going into the final frame.
Leading the scoring for the Lady Mohawks was Powell and Burkman with 5 each, while Anna Griffin was the only player on either team in double figures with 10. As a team, the Piggott junior girls converted on just 5 of 19 free throw attempts.
The junior and senior girls were on the road at Armorel Tuesday evening, although final scores were not available as of press time. They're slated to host the Corning Lady Bobcats in conference play this Thursday, Dec. 11 at PHS. The following Tuesday and Thursday they're scheduled to be on the road at Rivercrest and Hoxie, and will then be idle for the Christmas break.