Lady Mohawks Split Games

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Members of the Lady Mohawk basketball team battle for a rebound in recent action. Pictured for the Tribe are, from left: McKenzie Hopkins, Devyn Staples and Bailey Pollard.

The Piggott Lady Mohawks split a pair of non-conference games with Ridgefield Christian last week, dropping the junior high game by 5 points and then easily taking the senior contest by a wide margin. The girls were slated to visit Manila Monday night, but the game was postponed a week. Instead, the squads played make-up games with Walnut Ridge on Tuesday evening and again split. Later in the week they will be in tournament play at Corning.

The senior girls rolled in their contest with the Lady Warriors of Ridgefield Christian, jumping out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter and then powering to a 54-23 victory. Leading the way for the Tribe were McKenzie Hopkins and Devyn Staples with 12 points each, while Bailey Pollard finished with 7, Grayson Murray had 6, Micah Hobbs finished with 5, Alexa DeHart had 4 points, Makalia Beck had 3 and Shelby Pruitt-Chavez finished with 2 points on the game. For the Lady Warriors, they were paced on the game by Jennifer Whitney with 10 points.

Junior Girls

The junior Lady Mohawks fell behind early to the Lady Warriors of Ridgefield Christian, and although they played even the remainder of the contest dropped the game by a final of 43-38.

Scoring by quarters had the Warriors up 9-3 after one, but the Tribe battled back in the second to make it a 17-14 game at the half. The two teams then split in the second half, with the Lady Warriors taking the third period and the Mohawks outscoring their hosts in the fourth, to set the final score.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Hannah Powell with 10, while Reagan Ralph finished with 9, Brielle Burkman had 8 points, Emilee Seegraves finished with 3 and Emily Massey and Taylor Seal had 2 each. For the Lady Warriors, they got 23 points from Cassidy Clayton in the win.

As a team Ridgefield Christian converted on 13 of 17 free throws, while the junior Mohawks were 9 of 20 from the charity stripe.

The Mohawk girls were slated to visit Manila Monday night, but due to a tight schedule the game was moved to next week. "We were scheduled to play them Monday night, but we are making up a game Tuesday evening with Walnut Ridge that was postponed during the football playoffs," noted girls head coach Barry DeHart. "We're playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the tournament at Corning and that would have meant five games in six days."

With the schedule changes, the Mohawks will now visit the Lady Lions next Monday, Jan. 16, for the 3A-3 conference game.

Tuesday evening the girls split, with the junior girls dropping their game while the senior squad posted a three point win over the Lady Bobcats. Details may be found in the Jan. 21 print and online editions of the CCTD.

"We will play Maynard at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the tournament at Corning," DeHart explained. "We lost to them very early in the season, and that's one of the teams the girls really wanted another shot at. We've been playing a lot better, and really looked good last week, plus we saw them after just a few practices, so the girls really want another chance to play Maynard."

With a win on Thursday evening the Tribe will move into the second round, and will take on the winner of Thursday's Corning-Hayti game at 7:45 p.m. Friday. A loss would move them into the consolation bracket, and they'd play the loser of that game at 5:15 Friday afternoon.

A win or loss in the second round would earn them a game on Saturday, as they would advance to either one of the championship games or the contests to determine third and seventh place. The first game of the day Saturday will be at 1 p.m. for seventh place, with the consolation championship at 2:30 and the third place game at 4:00. The championship game will be the finale of the day, and is set for 5:30 p.m.

Other teams in the bracket in addition to Piggott, Corning and Hayti are all Missouri squads and include Naylor, Campbell, Malden and Doniphan.

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