Lady Cougars Beat EPC, Fall to Hounds
The Rector senior girls moved their basketball record to 12-11 with a convincing 60-45 win at home Thursday night against the EPC Lady Warriors, a team that had defeated them twice earlier in the year. Tuesday evening they dropped a contest to the highly-ranked Lady Greyhounds of Marmaduke.
One of the EPC wins was a one-point verdict in the quarterfinals of the NEA Tournament at Jonesboro, a game in which coach Matt Dean said "we had our chances."
The Rector coach was extremely pleased with the effort of his team in the big conference win.
"That's probably the most complete game we've played this year," Dean said.
"We shot well, rebounded well and took care of the ball," he added. "In the last three games we have been getting better each time out."
Rebounding was a key as Marla Crancer grabbed 12 and Brittany Fair chipped in with 10.
"We got up early and did a good job of hanging on this time," Dean said.
The victory moved Rector to 5-7 in conference play.
Rector jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the first quarter eased to a 25-18 halftime margin. The third quarter was big for the Lady Cougars as they stretched the margin to 45-26 with a strong 20 points in the frame.
Matison Dean led the way with 17 points. Joining her in double figures were Fair with 15 and Crancer with 13. Also scoring were Tori Hill 9, Colby Lynch 4 and Sophi Adams 2.
Synteria Ward had 23 for East Poinsett County.
Coach Dean said Fair's return from injury has really helped the team. "She is getting stronger and getting back in shape," he said.
He said Crancer has played well for Rector all year. "She has been a real team leader," he said. "She has helped us slow down the pace in every game except against Marmaduke -- of course, that's difficult since they are the number one team in the state."
The Junior Cougars fell 37-12 to EPC after trailing 23-8 at halftime.
Gabby Clark led Rector with eight points. Mylesa Gant and Jackie Beck added two each.
The Junior Cougars will be participating in the District 2A-3 Tournament this week at Rector. There will be four girls games Saturday and then the tourney will continue next week.
The Junior Cougars will play Saturday, but as of press time the opponent and time were not determined.
Marmaduke's senior girls, ranked number one in the state in Class 2A, rolled to a 79-45 win Tuesday night over visiting Rector.
Sidnee Bopp had 23 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to pace the Lady Hounds. Madison Price added 14, Abby Meredith 13 and Kelsey McCoy 10. Bopp and Meredith each made four three-pointers.
Marmaduke blitzed to a 24-4 first period lead before the Lady Cougars outscored them 20-14 in the second frame. But the hosts pulled away after intermission.
Tori Hill had 23 points for the Cougars, who notched seven three-pointers. Brittany Fair added 10 and Marla Crancer had seven.
Marmaduke now stands 29-2 for the season, 12-1 in conference play.
The Junior Lady Hounds won their game, 45-18 after leading 24-11 at the break.
Natalie Lentz paced the winners with 13 points. Gracie Peterson led Rector with seven.
Rector's girls host BIC on Thursday night.