Cougars Fall at Riverside, Continue to Improve
The Rector Cougars suffered a conference loss to the host Riverside Rebels, 53-36, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
However, coach Matt Mills said there is a silver lining. "This was our best defensive game so far, and we played really well. They had two really good players and I think we did an outstanding job of not letting them get loose."
Riverside's two players Mills refers to are Luke Baker and Gavin Stone who posted 15 and 14 points.
Leading quarters for the Rebels were 15-8, 25-14 and 38-23. Scoring for the Cougars were Garrett Buck 13, Lawson Ford 8, Danny Hager 7, Chase Jackson 4 and Case Watson 3.
"We executed well offensively, but our major problem is putting it in; we're just not shooting well," Mills said.
The junior high also played Riverside, barely coming up short, 39-33.
"I think we've finally turned a corner," Mills said. "We have talent; were just very inexperienced."
Leading quarters for the Rebels were 13-6, 20-7 and 28-8. However in the fourth quarter the Cougars came back with a vengeance, scoring 25 points to Riverside's 11. "I think in the fourth we started to figure out how much talent we do have and now we have a chance to get good," Mills said. "Sometimes all you need is that one game where your team figures out they can do it."
Scoring for the Cougars were Max Ford 10, Trey Rodden 8, Conly Lockhart 5, Shannon Patterson 5, Evan Dooley 4 and Parker Bucy 1.
The Cougars traveled to Paragould to compete with Crowley's Ridge Academy last night. The Cougars will host Cross County Friday and Mills believes "we should have a good chance at all four games."