Lady Cougars Have Busy Week

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Lady Cougar Matison Dean in action Tuesday evening at Piggott High School.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Rector's senior girls stand 1-3 in the early going, losing non-conference basketball games on the road to Corning and Maynard and defeating Armorel in their third straight away contest. Tuesday evening they split at Piggott.

The Lady Cougars were down only 21-20 at the halftime break, but Corning pulled away after intermission for a 56-45 win on Thursday night.

Rector got good balanced scoring from Tori Hill 17, Colby Lynch 15 and Matison Dean 10. Madison Chandler added 2 and Dominique Coln 1. Hill had five treys in the game while Dean hit one.

Katie Manatt of Corning paced all scorers with 24 while Ashley Payne added 10.

There were lots of fouls in the game and the Cougars were hampered with several players having to spend time on the bench. Lynch and Coln both fouled out. Corning was 22-36 at the line while Rector went 9-22.

"I thought we played a decent game at Corning," coach Matt Dean said. "We certainly played hard.

"Corning went to a triangle and two defense (against Hill and Dean) and it hurt us some in the second half."

The Lady Cougars held a 14-12 lead after one quarter at Maynard on Friday night, but the Lady Tigers rallied for a 26-18 margin after two and 42-26 after three on their way to a 55-36 win.

"I thought we played tired in the second half," Dean said. "And we really didn't shoot well."

Dean led the way in scoring with 17 points, including three treys. Also scoring were Lynch 9, Hill 3, Sophi Adams 3, Emma Hobbs 3 and Kota Gunn 1. Jordan Weisenbach led Maynard with 20 points. Joining her in double figures were Lauren Crawford 17 and Kacey Smith 11.

Rector again had a tough night at the free throw line, going 8-23. The hosts were 11-15 at the line.

The Lady Cougars posted their first win of the year, 27-21, over host Armorel on Monday night.

Rector trailed 3-1 and 7-6 after the first two quarters, but had a strong third frame to take a 21-15 lead.

Dean and Lynch each netted nine points for the winners. Also scoring were Adams 6, Chandler 2 and Hill 1. Jenna Barnard had 11 for Armorel.

Rector went 9-20 at the charity stripe while Armorel was 1-6.

"Armorel went to the triangle and two early and we struggled to make shots," coach Dean said. "But Colby and Sophi hit a couple of shots that kind of helped open it up."

Dean said his team works hard on free throw shooting in practice so the performance at the line has been frustrating. "Maybe we are getting our makes in practice and the misses in the games," he said with a chuckle. "We'll just keep working on it and try to turn it around."

Looking at the early games, Dean said, "overall I thought our shooting was going to be a strength. We have shot well in spurts, but not consistently. And I think we have played pretty well defensively."

The Lady Cougars visited Piggott on Tuesday evening, and dropped a 55-35 non-conference decision. Complete details may be found in the Nov. 25 CCTD. They also have a busy week ahead, hosting Marked Tree on Thursday and then playing South Pemiscot on Friday and Manila on Saturday in the RHS Hall of Fame Classic. They then travel to Earle on Monday.

Junior Action

The Junior Lady Cougars also are 2-2 for the season, also losing to Corning and Maynard and defeating Armorel. Then taking a road win at Piggott.

Quarter leads for Corning were 12-7, 20-12 and 27-18 on the way to a 36-30 win.

Mylesa Gant scored 15 points to lead all scorers. Also scoring for Rector were Gabby Clark 7, Shianne Rients 4 and Michaela Rients 4. Makayla Trice with 12 and Hannah Blankenship with 11 paced Corning.

Rector was only 10 of 27 at the charity stripe while Corning went 6-18.

Maynard rolled to a 35-15 win after leading 27-8 at the halftime break.

Scoring for Rector were Gant 6, Michaela Rients 4, Ryleigh Laden 2, Clark 2 and Grason Robinson 1. Sybell Howison had 13 for the winners.

Rector was 2-3 at the stripe and Maynard was 6-20.

The Junior Cougars posted an easy win over Armorel, leading 6-4, 11-7 and 18-9 at the quarter breaks en route to a 30-12 decision.

Clark was the leading scorer with 12 points. Also netting points were Gant 8, Robinson 6, Laden 2 and Shianne Rients 2.

Both teams were 2-8 in the free throw department.

Tuesday night's final was 31-18 as the RHS junior girls beat the Junior Lady Mohawks at Piggott. Complete details may be found in the Nov. 25 print and online editions of the CCTD.

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