Rector High Hosts HOF Classic
The annual Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame basketball classic was a great success with hundreds in attendance. Three days filled with basketball brought out a large hometown crowd to the RHS gym last weekend.
In between games Saturday the Hall of Fame presented this year's inductees and representatives placed their plaques into the hall of fame case at RHS. Leland Blackshare placed Joe Perry Pruett's, Owen Mosley his father L.B. "Bucket" Mosley's, Ted Glaub the 1966 Blackcat basketball team's and coach Jess Bucy placed Paul Wiley Frets' plaque.
The Rector senior high boys played their hearts out during their last game Saturday night against Manila, losing by three points in the last minute. Manila hit a two pointer and a free throw within the final seconds of the game, closing the deal and narrowly beating the Cougars, 44-41.
The Cougars started off strong leading, the first two quarters 17-11 and 34-27. Rector lost momentum in the third and fourth quarters, allowing Manila to move in, taking the lead 38-37 after three and then finishing out at the last minute.
"The first half of this game was the best we've played so far this year," said coach Matt Mills. "We were six out of seven at the three-point line and we really executed well. In the second half we couldn't buy a basket, but I think overall we played really well. We're still getting the team together and the dust knocked off."
Lawson Ford and Chito Martinez led the Cougars with 10 and 8 respectively. Other scorers for Rector were Garrett Buck and Danny Hager both with 7, Huston Highfill 6 and Sam Simmons 3.
The Cougars suffered a tough defeat to Marked Tree Friday night, 67-47. Quarter leads for the guests were 16-4, 27-16 and 48-37.
Coach Mills noted the boys played hard, but "we dug a hole early on and then tried to play fast to catch up and we can't do that against a team like Marked Tree." He added a large amount of turnovers were the team's bad spot, giving the opposing team too many options to advance.
The Rector senior girls took their chance to shine, winning all three contests played during the classic.
Saturday night the girls led Manila in all quarters, 15-8, 24-16 and 39-21 on their way to a 51-42 win. Leading scoring was Tori Hill, who hit five threes and three free throws. Madison Chandler also hit double digits with 11. Other scorers were Matison Dean 4 and Dominique Coln 3. Coach Matt Dean said the girls played very well throughout the classic.
The Lady Cougars pulverized South Pemiscot Friday, winning 52-31. Quarter scores were 17-2, 24-11 and 43-15. Colby Lynch led the ladies in scoring with 19 points. Other Cougar scorers were Tori Hill who hit three treys for 9, Dean 9, Kota Gunn 5, Maddie Hobbs 4, Coln 3, Chandler 2 and Emma Hobbs 1.
The Lady Cougars began the classic Thursday night when they pounded Marked Tree, 44-26. Leading quarters for the hosts were 10-4, 22-10 and 35-21. Three Cougars scored in the double digits Hill with four three's for a total of 15, Lynch 13 and Dean 12. Other scorers were Coln 3, Chandler and Maddie Hobbs 1.
Junior High Play
Marked Tree dominated the Junior Cougars winning, 47-25, in the only junior high boys classic game Friday night. Leads for the guests were 11-10, 22-10 and 35-13. Cougar scoring was Max Ford 7, Dalton Brown 5, Trey Rodden 3, Kale Hardin 3, Colton Lindsey 3, Evan Dooley 2 and Conly Lockhart 2.
The Junior Lady Cougars suffered a loss in overtime to Manila on Saturday, 37-34, and 31-29 to Marked Tree on Thursday.
In the game against Manila the visitors led the first two quarters 14-6 and 20-13, but the young Cougars made a comeback in the third, scoring 15 points to take a 28-26 lead heading into the final frame.
In the end one shot determined the win as a three-pointer made in overtime took the Cougars out of the competition. Two players scored in double digits, Mylessa Gant 15 and Gabby Clark 12. Other scorers were Michaela Rients 4, Ryleigh Laden 2 and Colby Robinson 2.
The ladies fell to Marked Tree Thursday night, 31-29. The first half was back and forth with Marked Tree leading 8-6 in the first and Rector leading 11-10 at halftime. In the third Marked Tree took over 20-15 and even though the young Cougars scored 14 points in the final frame they were still defeated. Gant led scoring with 16, Clark 8, Hendrix 3 and Rients 2.
Other team scores from the classic were Pocahontas' junior boys 34-28 over Manila, South Pemiscot's senior boys easily over Pocahontas's 68-44 and the Marmaduke senior girls romped past the South Pemiscot ladies 88-9.
Quarter leads for Marmaduke were 27-4, 54-7 and 72-9. Scorers for the Greyhounds were Abby Meredith 21, Shandan York 13, Desirae Elder 10, Tabitha Hyten 9, Natalie Lentz 9, Jordan Mays 7, Brianna Hood 6, Kelsey McCoy 5, Darra Johnson 4 and Rachel Martin 4.