Cougars Fall at Earle, in WBC Tourney
The Rector Cougars lost 52-42 to Corning on Saturday at the Williams Baptist College High School Invitational at Walnut Ridge. Close calls have been plaguing the Cougars this season making them 0-2 in conference and 0-7 in regular season.
"We were down by four with a minute and a half left," coach Matt Mills said. "We are just having a hard time getting over that hump." The boys have had several games come down to the wire over the past month and Mills stated it's an execution problem. "We are going to win, we're just not quite there yet," Mills said.
The game was tight the first quarter ending 9-9, but the Bobcats took over ending the second and third quarters 19-18 and 32-24 respectively.
Leading the Cougars in scoring was Lawson Ford with the double digit score of 10. Other scorers for Rector were Garrett Buck 8, Danny Hager 8, Chase Jackson 6, Chito Martinez 4, Sam Simmons 3, Case Watson 2 and Kirk Beshears 1.
"I'm proud of the way our guys played, we competed well," Mills said.
The Cougars traveled to Earle on Tuesday, Nov. 24, where the Bulldogs pummeled them 69-30.
"We played extremely hard, but were outmatched physically," Mills said. "We're not ready to beat a team of Earle's caliber."
Leading quarters for the hosts were 21-5, 30-13 and 42-26. Ford once again led with 15. Other scorers for the Cougars were Buck 5, Jackson 5, Hager 3 and Easton Tracy 2.
"Hopefully, when we meet Earle again after Christmas we'll be executing well enough to have a chance to beat them," Mills said.
The junior high also fell hard to Earle, also losing 54-26. Leading quarters for the Bulldogs were 21-0, 30-11 and 42-12.
Max Ford led the Cougars in scoring with 11. Other scorers for the young Cougars were Colton Lindsey 6, Shannon Patterson 4, Ty Jones 2, Kale Hardin 2 and Parker Bucy 1.