Lady Mohawks Tame Tigers in Season Opener

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Grayson Murray pulls down a rebound for the Lady Mohawks during Monday night's home win over Maynard. Also pictured for the Tribe are Braelyn Rhodes (1), MaKalia Beck (23) and Colby Crossfield (far right).(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks took to the floor Monday night for the first time under new head coach Chase Halbrook, and split with the Maynard Lady Tigers. The junior girls fell to a talented Maynard squad which had already won four games on the season, while the senior squad easily handled the Lady Tigers in the nightcap.

Senior girls

Halbrook, a Greene County Tech grad, was hired in April to take over the PHS girls basketball program, and graduated ASU earlier this year. His first varsity game as the Lady Mohawk's head coach was a dominate win for the Tribe, as they handled Maynard 63-34. Three players for the Mohawks scored in double figures on the night, led by returning starters MaKalia Beck with 23 and Devyn Staples with19, while off-season transfer Braelyn Rhodes finished with 14. Rhodes, just a sophomore, also had the squad's only three-pointer of the game.

Lady Mohawk Head Coach Chase Halbrook draws up a play during a timeout as the Tribe took on Maynard Monday evening at PHS. Halbrook got his first varsity win as a coach in the season opener with the Lady Tigers, after taking over the girl's program this spring. His assistant, Melissa Turner, is pictured at the right.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Understandably, the Tribe got off to a slow start in their season opener, but pulled to a 10-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. But, the Mohawks began to get their offense in gear in the second frame, as they outscored their visitors 17-10 in the quarter to take a 27-16 lead into the halftime break.

Following intermission the Lady Tigers stepped-up their offensive effort and the two teams swapped baskets for much of the quarter. In the frame the Lady Mohawks outscored the Tigers 17-14, as they took a 44-30 advantage into the fourth.

Down the stretch the Mohawks continued to improve, and increase the defensive pressure on the Tigers. The Tribe outscored Maynard 19-4 in the fourth quarter, to set the final score.

In addition to the scoring by Beck, Staples and Rhodes the Mohawks got 2 points from Grayson Murray and 4 points off the bench from Madison Pool and a free throw from Hailey Hilfiker. Staples was also a force from the free throw line on the night, as she converted on 11 of 12; while Beck was 7 of 14 from the charity stripe and Rhodes also shot 50 percent from the line as she converted on 3 of 6 free throw attempts. As a team the Mohawks were 24 of 36 on free throws, as Maynard was 9 of 19 from the line.

Leading the Lady Tigers in the loss was Jordan Weisenbach with 21 points, and 5 of 9 on free throw attempts.

With the win the Lady Mohawks begin their campaign at 1-0, as they're set to host Walnut Ridge in non-conference play Friday evening. Next Tuesday night they'll host the Rector Lady Cougars at PHS, and will visit Armorel the following Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Junior Girls

The junior Lady Mohawks ran into a talented Maynard squad Monday evening at PHS, and dropped a 36-18 non-conference decision. The Lady Tigers, who already had four wins under their belt, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to the victory.

Scoring by quarters had Maynard up 14-3 after the first quarter, and up 28-8 at the break. Despite liberal substitution they outscored their hosts 8-4 in the third as they took a 36-12 lead into the final frame. Down the stretch the Mohawks outscored the Maynard subs 6-0, setting the final score.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Taylor Seal with 7 points, while Carlie Vancil finished with 4, Maddie Reeves, Bailey Davis and Madison Rahn had 2 points each and Claire Bellers contributed a free throw in the loss. Pacing the Lady Tigers was Bethany Dobbins with 15.

As a team the Lady Mohawks converted on just 2 of 6 free throw attempts, while the Maynard squad was 7 of 16 from the charity stripe in the win.

With the loss the junior girls fall to 0-1 to begin the campaign. They're slated to host the Lady Cougars of Rector on Tuesday night, and the Lady Bobcats of Walnut Ridge next Friday, Nov. 20. The following Tuesday, Nov. 24, they'll be on the road at Armorel.

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