Lady Mohawks Post Wins
The Piggott Lady Mohawks notched an important home conference win Monday evening, beating the Hoxie Lady Mustangs at PHS 45-35. The senior girls also recorded a non-conference victory on Friday, Jan. 23, as they visited Caruthersville and pounded the Lady Tigers 51-22. Meanwhile, the junior squad continues to struggle, but improve, as they remain winless.
The Lady Mohawks visited Caruthersville on Friday, Jan. 23, and made a strong showing against the Lady Tigers. With two of their interior players, McKenzie Hopkins and MaKalia Beck, leading the way in double figures the Tribe jumped to an early lead and never looked back.
Scoring by quarters had the Mohawks up 13-4 after one, and leading 14-12 after a shaky second period. They picked up the pace in the third, outscoring their hosts 19-4 in the frame, as they took a 33-16 advantage into the fourth quarter. Down the stretch they continued to dominate both ends of the floor, winning the period 18-6 and setting the final score.
Along with 11 points for Beck and 10 for Hopkins, the Tribe got 9 points from Devyn Staples and 7 from Bailey Pollard and scattered the remainder across the roster with only one Mohawk not getting into the scoring column. As a team the Tribe converted on 5 of 12 free throws, while Caruthersville was 4 of 10 from the charity stripe in the loss.
The Piggott girls hosted Hoxie Monday night at PHS, and notched a key conference win over the Lady Mustangs 45-35. The Tribe played fairly even with the shorthanded Mustangs, who only dressed six players, in the first and fourth but dominated the second and third periods of the contest.
Scoring by quarters had the visitors up 15-13 after the first quarter, but the Mohawks responded and outscored the Mustangs 13-5 in the second, setting the score at 26-20 at intermission. The Tribe came out strong in the third, and took the frame 10-6 to take a 36-26 advantage in the fourth. Down the stretch both teams suffered through a cold stretch, as they played to a 9-9 tie in the period to set the final score.
Staples had the big game for the Mohawks with 14, while Pollard finished with 7, Hopkins had 6, Shelby Pruitt-Chavez and Beck had 5 each and Alexa DeHart and Grayson Murray had 4 each. As a team the Mohawks converted on 12 of their 19 trips to the free throw line. As for Hoxie, they were paced by Krista VanKirk with 12, and as a team they were a near-perfect 6 of 7 from the stripe.
With the win the Lady Mohawks pull even in conference, and preserve the chance for a third place finish in 3A-3 in the regular season.
The Junior Lady Mohawks continue to have their issues scoring, as they dropped games to Rivercrest and Hoxie in the past week. Last week, the girls fell to Rivercrest in conference play 45-27, paced by Reagan Ralph with 11 points and Emily Massey and Brielle Burkman with 4 each on the game. Monday night they dropped their game to Hoxie by a final of 35-13. Massey was top scorer for the young Mohawks with 6, while Ralph, Taylor Seal and Emilee Seegraves finished with 2 points each.
Thursday, Jan. 29, the junior and senior squads are scheduled to visit Corning in conference play. They'll be back in action on Monday, Feb. 2, against Manila and are scheduled to visit the Hayti Indians for a non-conference set on Tuesday, Feb. 3.