Lady Mohawks Drop 3A-3 Games

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Piggott's Shelby Chavez drives the lane in action against Corning last Thursday at PHS. Later in the ballgame Chavez suffered a head injury and was transported from the scene to PCH for treatment, but was later released. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Lady Mohawks swung into conference play against the two best teams in 3A-3 in the past week, dropping both the junior and senior sets. On Thursday, Dec. 11, they hosted the Corning Lady Bobcats and on Monday, Dec. 15, were on the road to visit the Rivercrest Lady Colts. They're scheduled to visit Hoxie this Thursday, Dec. 18, and will then be idle for the Christmas-New Year's break.

Lady Mohawks

The Tribe hosted cross-county rival Corning last Thursday, and fell by a final of 52-42. A slow start and cold night shooting doomed the Lady Mohawks, although they hung with the talented Corning squad after falling behind early. There were also tense moments in the fourth quarter, as senior Shelby Pruett-Chavez took a hard fall and suffered an apparent concussion.

Much as they have all year, the Tribe got off to a slow start in the Corning game and fell behind by 11 points, 17-6 by the end of the first quarter. In the second frame the Mohawks began to get their rhythm, as the halftime score stood at 33-20 in favor of the Lady Bobcats.

Coming out a bit hotter in the third, the Lady Mohawks took the frame 9-6, as the score stood at 39-29 going into the fourth. The two teams continued to play even through the first several minutes of the period, and with just under five minutes left in regulation Chavez fell on the Corning end of the floor.

Knocked unconscious for several minutes, she was later transported by ambulance to Piggott Community Hospital for treatment of an apparent concussion. She was later released, and although she returned to school is required to sit out this week's games.

Following the injury timeout the two teams resumed play, and swapped baskets down the stretch as Corning held on for the 10 point win.

Devyn Staples led the Mohawks with 12, despite fouling out late, while Chavez had 7 before her injury, Bailey Pollard also had 7, McKenzie Hopkins finished with 5, MaKalia Beck had 4, Quest Emerson had 3, and Alexa DeHart and Grayson Murray had 2 each. Leading Corning was Becca Young with 23.

As a team the Lady Mohawks converted on 8 of 16 free throws, while the Lady Bobcats were 10 of 15 from the line.

Rivercrest

The Tribe traveled to the Wilson area Monday night and dropped a 56-27 decision to Rivercrest. Once again the Lady Mohawks started slow and trailed 21-7 after the first quarter. The talented Lady Colts, one of the favorites in the conference this season, then pushed it to a 38-16 halftime lead.

Things didn't improve much in the second half, as Rivercrest increased the defensive pressure and stretched it to a 50-17 advantage. The Mohawks did make a better showing late in the game, but the Lady Colts held-on for the win.

McKalia Beck had 8 to lead the Tribe, including 6 in the fourth quarter. Staples finished with 5, Pollard and Hopkins had 3 each and Micah Hobbs, Quest Emerson, DeHart and Murray had 2 each. Krystan Vornse paced the Lady Colts in the win with 20.

Junior Girls

The junior girls also continue to experience growing pains, and dropped lopsided losses to both Corning and Rivercrest.

The Mohawk's fell to the Junior Lady Bobcats at PHS last Thursday by a final of 49-18. A stone cold start doomed the team, as they were shut out in the first quarter with only four missed free throws to show for their effort. On the game the girls also had a hard time at the charity stripe, converting on just 1 of 7 attempts. Leading the squad in the loss was Reagan Ralph with 11, while Emily Massey had 3 and Hannah Powell and Emilee Seegraves had 2 each.

Rivercrest

The road was no kinder to the junior girls Monday night, as they visited Rivercrest and fell 42-11. Once again the girls got off to a slow start, and suffered through an 0 for 6 night at the free throw line.

Leading the Mohawks in scoring on the game was Brielle Burkman with 6 while Taylor Seal finished with 3 and Powell had 2 points. Samaria Wilson led all scorers with 16 for the Junior Lady Colts.

The junior and senior girls will be in action this Thursday, Dec. 18, as they visit the Hoxie Lady Mustangs in 3A-3 conference play. They will then be idle through the Christmas break, and will return to action with a Jan. 8, home contest against Ridgefield Christian. This game was not on the original schedule, and was just recently added by Coach Barry DeHart.

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