Lady Mohawks Post Wins During Busy Week

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Lady Mohawk Devyn Staples drives to the hoop in recent action at PHS. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks had a busy week, playing five games in eight days including three in an invitational tournament at Corning. And, the stretch proved to be a productive one as the Tribe went 4-1 overall against both conference and non-conference opponents. On the other hand, the junior girls continue to have their scoring issues and dropped a pair.

Walnut Ridge

The Tribe played a make-up game with Walnut Ridge last week, and beat the Lady Bobcats 48-45. Despite the fact they trailed at every break, the Lady Mohawks rode a 20-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to the win.

Leading the way was McKenzie Hopkins with 19 points, including 10 in the pivotal fourth frame, and 9 rebounds. Also in double figures was Devyn Staples with 10 points, and the talented junior guard also notched 7 assists. Rounding out the scoring was Grayson Murray with 7, Alexa DeHart with 6, while Bailey Pollard, Micah Hobbs and Shelby Chavez had 2 each.

As a team the Lady Mohawks shot an outstanding 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.

The junior Lady Mohawks fell 44-21 in their game with the Lady Bobcats, despite 13 points from Reagan Ralph.

Maynard Tigers

The Lady Mohawks faced the Tigers of Maynard for the second time this season on Thursday, as they took part in the First National Bank Invitational Tournament at Corning. After falling to Maynard early in the season the girls wanted another shot at the non-conference foes, and the Tribe repaid the favor with a 58-24 win.

Staples led the way with 12 points, and 4 assists, while Hobbs was also in double figures with 10 points. MaKalia Beck finished with 9, while Pollard, Chavez and Hopkins had 6 points each, Quest Emerson finished with 5 points and 3 assists, Colby Crossfield had 3 points, Murray had just one point, but pulled down 8 boards and DeHart finished with 4 steals and 4 assists in the win.

Corning

Friday the Tribe faced the host Lady Bobcats of Corning at the FNB tournament and fell 58-36.

Staples once again led the offense with 8, while Hopkins had 7, Beck and Murray had 6 each, Pollard had 3 points and dished out 3 assists, DeHart finished with 2, Chavez had 2 points and 6 rebounds and Emerson finished with 2 points as well. As a team the Mohawks converted on 12 of 19 free throws in the loss.

Malden Green Wave

The Tribe closed out the tournament with a consolation game against Malden, and got by the Green Wave 38-29 in a low scoring affair. Coming up big for the Tribe was Hopkins, as she had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win, while Staples was also in double figures with 10 points and 3 assists. Pollard also had a strong game, scoring 4 points, pulling down 5 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Rounding out the scoring were Hobbs with 3 points, Murray and Chavez with 2 each and Beck with a free throw. On the game the Lady Mohawks made 17 trips to the free throw line and converted on 12.

Manila

The Mohawks returned to conference play Monday evening with a trip to Manila, and beat the Lady Lions soundly by a final of 43-29. The game was not without its tense moments, though, as early in the contest Piggott's Alexa DeHart split her chin while diving for a loose ball. DeHart was later transported back to Piggott, and according to her coach/dad, Barry DeHart, required three stitches. But, he reports she has been cleared to return to action.

Staples once again had the hot hand for the Mohawks, racking up 14 points on the game. Pollard had 8 points and 7 assists, while Beck also finished with 8, Murray had 6 points and 9 boards, Hopkins finished with 5, Hobbs had 2 points and Emerson was one rebound short of a double with 9 on the night.

The junior girls dropped their game at Manila by a score of 41-25, as they fell behind early and could never rebound. Hannah Powell had 7, Emily Massey finished with 6, Emilee Seegraves had 4 and Reagan Ralph finished with 4 in the loss.

Following the full week of action the senior Lady Mohawks extend their record to 7-8 overall. They're scheduled to host Rivercrest at PHS this Thursday, Jan. 22 and are slated to visit Caruthersville this Friday, Jan. 23, for non-conference action. They'll be back home on Monday, Jan. 26, as the Hoxie Lady Mustangs visit PHS for 3A-3 conference play.

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