Cougars Lose Close Game to Marmaduke
The visiting Marmaduke Greyhounds were able to hold off the hosting Cougars Friday night in Rector, in what was a hard-fought meeting between the two rivals. Marmaduke picked up the 57-49 victory despite trailing throughout the first half.
The Cougars saw a 25-20 halftime lead evaporate in the third. The Greyhounds lead by as many as seven in the final two minutes of the third period, but Lawson Ford hit a three-pointer with 29.5 seconds remaining to trim the advantage to four points, 44-40, heading into the final stanza. Nick Hardin hit a trey to start the quarter of for Rector, and Garrett Buck added a free throw to tie the contest at 44-44 two minutes into the frame. Marmaduke responded with an easy bucket underneath by Eddie Page and a three-pointer from Tyler Vowell to move ahead 49-44. Chito Martinez hit a three off the bench for Rector, but Marmaduke answered again, with another trey from Vowell and a Page drive with 1:33 left. Martinez scored on an offensive rebound with 34 seconds to bring Rector within five, 54-49, but two free throws from Hayden Winberry and one from Vowell finished the game with the 'Hounds on top.
The Cougars led 13-10 after the first quarter and 25-20 at intermission.
"We're just not quite there on offense," RHS coach Matt Mills said following the game. "I thought we played extremely hard, but we just can't seem to put it all together right now. Marmaduke did a better job of making the big shot than we did, and that was the difference in the game, I thought."
Hardin and Buck led Rector with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Also scoring for the Cougars were Lawson Ford 8, Martinez 5, Danny Hager 5, Skyler Shickley 5, Mason McCluskey 3 and Houston Highfill 2.
Page and Vowell netted 21 and 18, respectively, for Marmaduke. Winberry finished with 10 for the visitors. Lucas Dixon and Quentin Smith scored four points each to round out the Greyhound scoring.
The Junior Cougars fell in their meeting with Marmaduke, 37-32.
Rector led 29-18 going into the final quarter, but the Junior Cougars were unable to hit from the field during the entire fourth frame, scoring only three points from the free throw line. Marmaduke forced Rector into turning the ball over, creating opportunities in transition as they outscored the hosts 19-3 in the crucial quarter.
Kirk Beshears led Rector with 11 points on the night. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were David Hatfield 9, Sam Simmons 7 and Hunter McNeely 5.
Derek Agee paced the Junior Greyhounds with 15 points on the night. Also scoring for Marmaduke were Corey Burks 9, Jacob Caraway 8 and Bryson Horton 5.
The Cougars fell to host East Poinsett County 59-41 on Dec. 16 in Lepanto.
The teams were tied at 11 after the first quarter, but EPC took control from there, leading 25-16 at intermission and 41-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hardin finished with 12 points, leading the Cougars on the night. Also scoring for Rector were Ford 9, Martinez 5, Highfill 4, Buck 3, Landen Crancer 3, Hager 3 and Shockley 2.
Xavier Reed finished with 22 for EPC.