Cougar Hoops Teams Split at HOF
The Rector Cougar ball teams compiled a record of 4-2 in last weekend's Hall of Fame Classic. Both were scheduled to resume play this week, as the season progresses.
The Lady Cougars emerged from the RHS Hall of Fame Classic with two wins and a loss in three games during the weekend-long basketball exhibition.
Saturday, Rector cruised to a 54-31 win over Hoxie.
Harmony Brown paced the Lady Cougars with 20 points in the victory. Marla Crancer, 15 points, and Tori Hill, 11 points, also shined on the offensive end. Also scoring for Rector were Matison Dean 5, Colby Lynch 5 and Kota Gunn 1.
Hoxie was led by Devyn Pollard with 17 points.
Rector led throughout: 14-8; 21-13 and 40-22.
On Friday, the Lady Cougars battled a talented Dyer County Lady Choctaws squad coached by Derek McCord, whose family formerly resided in Rector. Dyer County came away with a 78-39 victory.
Hill led the Lady Cougars with 17 points on the night. Brown added 14 in the game. Crancer, seven points, and Lynch, one, rounded out the scoring.
The trio of Haley Hicks, 18 points, Amber Thompson, 14, and MaKayla Enochs, 12, led Dyer County.
The Lady Choctaws led throughout: 21-7; 42-22 and 68-35.
Friday evening the Lady Cougars picked up a 60-44 victory over the Maynard Lady Tigers.
Rector led throughout: 13-9; 35-18 and 55-31.
Brown was a terror in the paint, scoring a game-high 23 points for Rector. Crancer and Hill netted 13 and 10 points, respectively. Also scoring for RHS were Dean 6, Lynch 5 and Emma Hobbs 3.
Brittanie Cline led Maynard with 17 points.
The Junior Lady Cougars fell to Maynard in their meeting Friday night, but statistics for the contest were not available.
The girls are set to visit Cross County at Cherry Valley beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Cougars went 2-1 in their three games in the annual Rector Sports Hall of Fame Classic this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Cougars defeated Doniphan, 49-40.
Rector entered the final frame ahead by five, 38-33, but opened the period with a 5-0 run over the first 2:30 to strengthen the advantage. Lawson Ford hit a step-back jumper to start the run, and then added a backdoor layup on a beautiful pass from Garrett Buck. Houston Highfill hit one of two at the stripe to push the advantage to 10 points, 43-33. Nick Hardin converted an and-one drive and added another free throw in final minute. Buck scored off an offensive rebound as time wound down. Doniphan hit a trey in the final seconds to set the final in place.
The Cougars led throughout: 11-4; 26-16 and 38-33.
Hardin paced Rector with 20 points on the afternoon. Ford notched 10 in the victory. Also scoring for the Cougars were Skyler Shockley 9, Buck 4, Chase Jackson 3, Highfill 2 and Mason McCluskey 1.
Klay Baston led Doniphan with 14 points in the loss.
Friday night the Cougars battled the Manila Lions, coached by former Cougar and CCC graduate Lee Wimberley. Manila emerged the winner of the matchup, 57-42.
Shooting woes hurt the Cougars on the night, as RHS started 0-7 from beyond the arc and made just eight of 24 free throws.
The Lions led after each frame: 12-6; 28-14 and 42-28.
Hardin led Rector with 12 points. Also scoring for the Cougars were Buck 9, Shockley 5, Ford 5, Danny Hager 4, Jackson 2, Highfill 2, McCluskey 1, Landen Crancer 1 and Case Watson 1.
Caleb Rainhart netted a game-high 27 points for Manila.
The Cougars notched their second win over the Maynard Tigers on Thursday night, winning 57-46.
Hardin, 15 points, Highfill, 11, and Ford, 10, led the Cougars on offense. Also scoring for Rector were Buck 6, Crancer 6, Chito Martinez 4, Jackson 4 and Hager 2.
Larry Cline led Maynard with 17 points in the loss.
RHS led at each break in the action: 19-15; 30-23 and 42-39.
The Junior Cougars fell in action to Maynard Thursday night, but statistics for the contest were unavailable.
The Cougars fell at home in conference action with the visiting Riverside Rebels this past Tuesday night, 68-44.
What was a competitive contest fell apart for the Cougars in the third quarter, as the Rebels outscored Rector 23-13 in the pivotal frame. Riverside led 52-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
McCluskey led Rector with 11 points on the night. Also scoring for the Cougars were Hager 9, Crancer 6, Buck 5, Martinez 4, Ford 4, Jackson 2, Hardin 2 and Shockley 1.
Kollin Stone led Riverside with 17 points.
The Junior Cougars scored a critical conference victory over the Junior Rebels, 30-23.
Beshears has a nice night with 11 points for Rector. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were David Hatfield 8, Sam Simmons 7 and Hunter McNeely 4.
The Cougars were set to host CRA Tuesday night. RHS will visit Cherry Valley beginning at 6 p.m. Friday to square off with the hosting Cross County Thunderbirds in 2A-3 conference action.