Lady Mohawks Handle Cougars and Bobcats

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Lady Mohawks prepare for the in-bound pass in action against Walnut Ridge last Friday night at PHS. Pictured are, from left: Colby Crossfield, MaKalia Beck, Grayson Murray and Braelyn Rhodes. (TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks hosted the Rector Cougars last Tuesday at PHS, and split on the night with their non-conference visitors. Friday evening the Tribe hosted Walnut Ridge, and once again split the non-conference set as the senior girls continue to roll through the early season and the young junior squad continues to have their issues.

Rector Games

The Rector Lady Cougars and Piggott Lady Mohawks squared off last Tuesday, with the Tribe pulling out a 55-35 win. Three of the Lady Mohawks were in double figures on the night, led by Braelyn Rhodes with 17, MaKalia Beck with 13 and Colby Crossfield with 11. Matison Dean paced the Lady Cougars with 12, the only RHS player in double figures.

Despite some hot shooting from the perimeter early, the Mohawks were able to jump to a lead of 23-10 by the end of the first quarter. The Tribe extended the lead with a 16-12 second period, as they led 39-22 at intermission.

Both teams increased the defensive pressure, and substitution, in the third as the Mohawks edged their visitors 8-6 in the frame, to take a 47-28 advantage into the fourth. And, down the stretch the two teams played fairly even to set the final score.

Also scoring for the Mohawks were Grayson Murray with 7, while Devyn Staples and Ambrea Massey finished with 2 points each. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Cougars were Tori Hill, Colby Lynch and Dominique Coln with 6 points each while Sophie Adams finished with 5.

Junior Game

The Rector Junior Lady Cougars easily handled the young Piggott Junior Lady Mohawks last Tuesday, 31-18. The RHS girls jumped out to the early lead, and held a 6-2 advantage after one. They extended the lead to 10-8 by the break and took a 23-14 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Leading the way for the winners was Mylessa Gant with 15, while Gabby Clark finished with 11 and Colby Robinson rounded out the scoring with 5. For the Lady Mohawks, Claire Bellers had 7, Taylor Seal finished with 4, Maddie Reeves had 3 and Graci Patterson and Madison Rahn had 2 each in the loss.

Walnut Ridge

Friday evening the Lady Mohawks hosted Walnut Ridge for a set at PHS, and once again the senior girls prevailed while the junior girls dropped their contest to the Lady Bobcats.

In the varsity contest against Walnut Ridge, the Lady Mohawks enjoyed a distinct size advantage over their visitors and only the Lady Bobcat's outside shooting kept the game close.

Jumping out to a 26-16 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Lady Mohawks enjoyed a 38-29 advantage by intermission. Walnut Ridge put on a push in the third, taking the frame 14-13, to cut the Mohawk lead to 51-43 entering the fourth quarter. But, the Tribe outscored their visitors down the stretch 19-12 to set the final score at 70-53.

Crossfield and Rhodes both had 22 points in the win, while Beck was also in double figures with 12 and finished with 9 rebounds and a blocked shot. Staples fouled-out late with 6, and had 6 boards, Murray finished with 5, along with 4 rebounds and Massey added another 3 points and 2 rebounds in the win. As a team the Mohawks were 14 of 25 from the charity stripe.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bobcats were paced by Brianna Nunley with 22 while Sunne Cunningham finished with 12 in the loss.

With the win the Lady Mohawks move to 3-0 overall, as they were slated to visit Armorel Tuesday evening in non-conference play. The senior squad will return to action at home on Monday, Nov. 30, hosting the Caruthersville Lady Tigers. Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, they're slated to visit Osceola to begin conference play.

Junior Game

Despite holding a lead for much of the ballgame, the Junior Lady Mohawks dropped their third game of the season Friday evening to Walnut Ridge. In fact, the Tribe took a 22-20 lead into the fourth quarter of play, only to stumble and fall by a final of 30-23.

The two teams played even in the first quarter, and started the second tied at 5-5. In the second period the Mohawks outscored the visitors 12-8, as they took a 17-12 lead into the break. The Lady Bobcats rebounded in the third, taking the frame 7-5 to cut it to a 22-20 Piggott lead. The Walnut Ridge girls then outplayed the younger, and smaller, Mohawks 10-1 down the stretch the set the final score.

Patterson and Abby Dutka had 6 each to pace the Tribe, while Seal finished with 5, Rahn had 4 and Reeves finished with 2. Leading the Lady Bobcats in the win was Olivis Wilbanks with 14.

With the losses the junior girls fall to 0-3 overall and they were also scheduled to visit Armorel Tuesday evening. They're also slated to visit Osceola on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for the first conference game of the season.

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