Lady Mohawks Drop Conference Game to Hoxie

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Piggott's Devyn Staples goes up for a shot in last Monday's home contest against Rivercrest. Pictured setting to rebound for the Tribe are Grayson Murray (15) and MaKalia Beck (23).(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks couldn't overcome a cold start last Thursday night, as they dropped a 56-54 conference game to Hoxie at PHS. The Tribe dug an early hole, and trailed 15-5 after the first quarter and despite a fourth-quarter surge fell by two to the Lady Mustangs.

After jumping out to a 7-0 start to begin the season, the Lady Mohawks began to struggle from both the floor and the free-throw line. Cold shooting early in contests, as they did against Hoxie, has also plagued the squad.

After falling behind by 10 in the first quarter, the Mohawks responded in the second and took the frame 17-10, cutting the lead to 25-22 at the break. But, the Lady Mustangs, behind a strong post game by freshman Sydney Gillham, dominated in the paint and took a 42-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

Down the stretch the Tribe continued to eat into the Hoxie lead, as the Mohawks outscored their visitors 20-14 in the frame. But, the Lady Mustangs made enough of their free-throws in the final minutes to hang on for the 3A-3 win.

The Lady Mohawks had three players score in double figures, led by Devyn Staples with 23, Braelyn Rhodes with 15 and MaKalia Beck with 12. Also scoring were Grayson Murray with 3 and Colby Crossfield with a free-throw. As a team the Tribe converted on 20 of 37 free throws, or about 61 percent.

Pacing the Lady Mustangs in the win was Gillham with 28, including 22 in the second half and an 8 for 9 performance at the charity stripe.

With the loss the senior squad falls to 7-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play. They'll resume action following the Christmas/New Years break on Monday, Jan. 4, as they travel to Jonesboro for a non-conference set with Ridgefield Christian. The following Monday, Jan. 11, the girls will host Manila in 3A-3 action at the PHS gym.

Junior Girls

Graci Patterson had 18 for the Junior Lady Mohawks, as they put up a good fight but fell to Hoxie 38-32 last Thursday. The Tribe was hampered by a 13-6 first quarter, and a 10-0 third, in dropping the game although they outscored the visitors 12-5 in the second and 14-10 in the fourth.

In addition to Patterson's double-figure performance, the girls got 6 from Taylor Seal, 3 from Claire Bellers, 2 each from Madison Rahn and Abby Dutka and a free-throw by Maddie Reeves.

The junior girls will also remain idle through the holiday break, and will resume play at Ridgefield Christian on Jan. 4.

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