Mohawk Hoops Update

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lady Mohawk Braelyn Rhodes handles the ball on offense during Monday night's home loss to Rivercrest. Also pictured for the Tribe are MaKalia Beck (23) and Colby Crossfield (5). (TD photo/Tim Blair)

Both Piggott Mohawk boys teams were in action last week in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at PHS. And, both squads were scheduled to return to conference play Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Rivercrest as they were scheduled to take on the Colts. The Tribe will also travel to Hoxie for a 3A-3 conference set this week, and will then remain idle through the holiday break.

Senior Boys

The senior squad took on the Trumann Wildcats in their first round game of the Pre-Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 8. And, paced by a 23 point night by senior guard Logan Dixon took the win 69-64. With the victory the Tribe moved into the championship bracket and a semi-final game with the top-seeded Nettleton Raiders on Thursday evening.

Getting off to a cold start, the Tribe fell behind early in the contest and trailed 13-2 after the first quarter. The Mohawks also suffered the loss of starting forward Quinton Mauldin in the early going, as he turned an ankle and is expected to be out at least through the holidays.

The Mohawks hung with the athletic Raiders in the second and third quarters, but faded down the stretch as they dropped the contest 51-32.

Leading the way for the Tribe was Brayden Brewer with 10 points, while Nicholas Harris finished with 7, Dixon had 4, Beau Jett, Peyton Mann and Noah May finished with 3 each and Quentin Reeves had 2 points in the loss. Leading the Raiders in scoring were Jeff Adams and Chris Nicholson, with 12 points each.

The loss sent the Mohawks into the third place game on Saturday, as they took on another 4A team in the Brookland Bearcats. In a game that tipped-off at noon, both squads were sluggish in the opening minutes and the score stood at 11-10 in favor of Brookland after one. The two teams remained fairly even until the fourth quarter, as the Bearcats rode a 15-6 advantage in the frame to the 42-34 decision.

Brewer once again led the Tribe in scoring with 10, while May contributed 8, Harris and Jett finished with 6 each and Dixon had 4 points in the loss. Leading the way for Brookland was Logan Willett with 20 while David Ballard finished with 14.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks were the fourth seeds in their bracket, but fell to fifth seeded Westside 44-28 in the first round. The Warriors jumped out to a 14-6 advantage after the first quarter, and led 24-18 at the break. They extended their lead to 32-22 entering the fourth quarter, and held on down the stretch for the win.

Leading the way for the Mohawks were Trey Gossett and Jackson Henfling with 8 points each, while Michael Salyard finished with 7, Michael Palmer had 3 and Dylan Bellers finished with 2 points.

As a team the PHS junior squad suffered through a dismal 15 for 31 night at the free throw line, while the Warriors converted on 13 of their 21 attempts in posting the win.

With the loss, the junior Mohawks moved into the consolation bracket and a bye to the final on Saturday. Their opponents were the Warriors of Ridgefield Christian, and thanks to balanced scoring the squad pulled out a 37-33 decision.

Palmer had the hot hand on the night with 13 points, while Gossett finished with 9, Salyards had 7, Bellers finished with 3, Henfling and Holden Tarno had 2 each and Cooper Harris contributed a free throw in the win.

Leading the Ridgefield Christian squad was Evan Parker with 9 points.

Both the junior and senior Mohawk teams were in action Tuesday evening at Rivercrest, as they began 3A-3 conference play. And, the Tribe pulled off the rare sweep at the Colt's gym, winning both the junior and senior high games. Complete details may be found in the Dec. 23 edition of the CCTD. They'll also take on a conference foe this Friday, Dec. 18, as they're slated to visit the Hoxie Mustangs. The first game following the Christmas/New Years break will be played Tuesday, Jan. 5, as the Tribe hosts the Maynard Tigers in non-conference play at PHS.

The Piggott Lady Mohawks seemed to have reached a crossroads in their basketball campaign, as the rigorous 3A-3 schedule looms in the new year. Coming out of the gate strong last month the squad jumped to a 7-0 record, although they were still not playing up to their potential. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, they notched their first conference win at Osceola, then followed that up with a home win over Armorel to complete the home-and-away sweep of the Lady Tigers.

But, last Thursday the Tribe was tested in a tough road contest at Corning and came out on the short end of a 14 point loss. Monday night they hosted the Lady Colts of Rivercrest at PHS, and despite erasing a double-digit deficit dropped a five point decision. Thursday evening will be yet another test, as the Hoxie Lady Mustangs visit Piggott High for a set with the Tribe.

Corning

"We just came out cold and got behind early and could never recover," Lady Mohawk Coach Chase Halbrook noted of the road loss to the Lady Bobcats. In fact, the host Corning squad ran to a 26-7 lead by the end of the first quarter at CHS. But, the Lady Mohawks did respond in the second, taking the frame 20-16 as the hosts took a 42-27 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Mohawks continued to shrink the lead in the third, outscoring the home team 26-18 in the period, to cut it to a 60-53, seven point deficit going to the fourth. But, the Lady Bobcats hit their free-throws down the stretch, and held on to post the 76-62 win.

Kaytie Manatt led all scorers with 33 for the Lady Bobcats, while the Tribe was paced by Braelyn Rhodes with 23 and Colby Crossfield with 17. Also scoring were Devyn Staples with 9, MaKalia Beck with 6, Grayson Murray with 3, Emilee Seegraves with 2 and Regan Ralph with a free-throw.

As a team the Lady Mohawks converted on just 16 of 30 free throw attempts, while Corning was 13 of 23 from the charity stripe.

Rivercrest

Poor shooting from the field, and free throw line, doomed the Lady Mohawks Monday night, as they fell 56-50 to Rivercrest at PHS. The Tribe dug a 16-7 hole in the first quarter, and trailed by double-digits for much of the half, but remained in the game until the closing minutes.

In fact, the Tribe erased a 33-21 halftime deficit by outscoring the visitors 13-3 in the third, and trailed by only two points going into the fourth, 36-34. The Mohawks tied the game a short time later, but were unable to hold the lead down the stretch due to turnovers and missed shots.

Jordan Elder had 22 for the Lady Colts to lead all scorers, as they had three players in double figures. The Tribe also had three players in double figures, led by Rhodes with 18 and Staples and Beck with 12 points. Rounding out the Mohawk offensive effort were Crossfield and Murray with 2 points each.

As a team the Lady Mohawks were just 12 of 28 in free throws, while the Lady Colts weren't much better, at 17 of 30 from the charity stripe.

With the losses the Tribe falls to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in 3A-3 conference play. They'll host the Lady Mustangs Thursday evening at PHS, and will then be idle through the Christmas/New Years break. They'll return to action on Jan. 4, with a road set at Ridgefield Christian.

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