Lady Mohawks on Early-Season Roll
Lady Mohawk Head Coach Chase Halbrook has a bit of a quandary. Despite the fact the Tribe rolled to a pair of lopsided victories in the past week, including an 82-35 pasting of Caruthersville Monday evening at PHS, the first year coach is well aware his team is still not playing up to their potential.
"There is little doubt in my mind they can be the best team in this conference," he noted of his still-undefeated squad. "As I have said before, they can be as good as they want to be."
The squad visited the Armorel Tigers last Tuesday, Nov. 22, and pounded their hosts 49-23, despite a scoreless fourth quarter as the subs took to the floor. Sophomore standout Braelyn Rhodes led the way with a 26 point performance, including five three-point baskets.
Getting off to a slow start, the Mohawks took a 13-9 lead after the first quarter, but outscored their hosts 20-3 in the second. Coming out of the locker room with a 30-12 advantage they also dominated the third period 16-4. With the starters pulled with a lead of 49-16 at the end of three, the Mohawk subs failed to score in the fourth quarter on the Tiger starters, but allowed only 7 additional points to set the final.
In addition to Rhode's hot night, MaKalia Beck finished with 9, Devyn Staples had 5 and Colby Crossfield and Grayson Murray finished with 4 each. The only fault could be found at the free throw line, as the Tribe converted on just 8 of 19 free throw attempts, including a 1 for 4 effort by Rhodes.
Monday evening the Lady Mohawks hosted the Caruthersville Lady Tigers, and proved to be inhospitable hosts as they handed the visitors an 82-35 defeat.
"I thought we looked flat in the first quarter, and the lead was only 20-16," Halbrook said of the early game effort of his squad. "I told them I knew they could do better, and challenged them."
In response the Lady Mohawks dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Caruthersville squad 32-10 in the frame.
Coming out of the locker room with a 52-26 advantage, the Tribe starters continued to step-up the pressure as they took the third period 24-6 to take a 76-32 lead into the fourth. The fourth quarter turned out to be a battle of the subs, as the PHS girls took the frame 6-3 to set the final score.
Rhodes led all scorers with 30, including two three-pointers and a 4 for 8 night at the charity stripe, while senior Beck was close behind with 29 and a 5 for 6 night at the line. Meanwhile, Staples finished with 13, all of it coming in the first three quarters. Rounding out the scoring were Murray, Hailey Hilfiker, Emilee Seegraves and Madison Poole with 2 points each. As a team the Lady Mohawks were 15 of 27 from the free-throw line.
Caruthersville was led by Nikita Hunt with 8 points, and as a team they shot an excellent 9 for 11 from the line.
With the wins the Lady Mohawks move to 5-0 on the season, all in non-conference play. Tuesday evening they began the 3A-3 campaign at Osceola and posted a win, and Thursday evening they'll host Armorel. Next Thursday, Dec. 10, they're slated to visit the Corning Lady Bobcats.
Junior vs Armorel
The Junior Lady Mohawks also traveled to Armorel last Tuesday, and dropped a 22-11 non-conference decision. Leading the way were Madison Rahn with 8 points while Maddie Reeves had the other 3.
The junior girls were also slated to be in action Tuesday night at Osceola, although the final score was not available as of press time. They'll also play Thursday against Armorel, and are slated to visit Corning next Thursday.