Cougars Beat Hoxie, Fall to Bay

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Rector's Lawson Ford is fouled by Bay's Jonathan Crain during basketball action this past Monday in Swifton. (TD photo/Anthony Cossey)

Rector (2-10) led by two points after each of the first two quarters before building on that lead the last two quarters on their way to a 55-42 win over Hoxie in the opening round of the Kell Classic this past Saturday in Swifton.

Garrett Buck gave the Cougars an early lead as he connected on a three-pointer to open the scoring in the game before Hoxie tied the game by hitting a jumper and then one of two free throws. Chase Jackson gave the lead back to Rector by hitting two free throws only to see Hoxie recapture the lead at 6-5 with a three-pointer with 1:10 left in the opening quarter. Kirk Beshears drilled a three-pointer right before the buzzer giving the Cougars an 8-6 lead at the end of one.

The teams took turns hitting one of two free throws as Buck started followed by Hoxie before Huston Highfill hit one of two before the Mustangs hit one of two free throws to make the score 10-8 Rector. The Mustangs tied the game at 10 with a basket inside only to see Buck get the lead by for the Cougars with a jumper to make it 12-10. Hoxie tied the game with two free throws before Lawson Ford canned a three-pointer to give Rector a 15-12 lead with four minutes left in the first half. Hoxie tied the game back up at 15 with a basket inside and then hitting one of two free throws. Ford was good on one of two free throws to make it 16-15 Rector before the Mustangs hit a three-pointer with less than a minute left to send them to half with an 18-16 lead.

Buck tied the game at 20 for Rector with a stick back off an offensive rebound to open the third quarter. Hoxie hit a jumper before Buck and Ford scored back to back baskets in giving the Rector a 22-20 lead. Buck added two more free throws before the Mustangs drained a three-pointer to make the score 24-23 Rector. Buck and Ford again scored back to back buckets to push the Cougar lead to 28-23 with 3:22 left. Hoxie canned a three-ball to make to it 28-26 Cougars before Buck's jumper made it 30-26 Rector only to see Hoxie score inside to make it 30-28. Buck added a three-pointer from the right corner to make the score 33-28 at the end of three.

Hager and Sam Simmons opened the scoring for Rector in the final quarter with back to back baskets to make the score 37-28 Cougars. Hoxie hit one of two free throws and added a basket inside to make the score 37-31 Rector. Hager got inside for a Rector basket before Hoxie made one of two free throws and a basket down low making he score 39-34 Cougars. Hager scored inside, Ford hit one of two free throws after Hoxie was issued a technical foul and Highfill scored inside to push the Rector lead to 44-34 with 4:20 left in the game. The Mustangs converted a three-point play making it 44-37 as Hager hit one of two free throws for Rector to make the score 45-37 Cougars. Hoxie was good on two free throws before Jackson got a stick back basket making the score 47-39 Rector. The teams traded free throws the remainder of the game. Ford hit one of two free throws, Hoxie made one of two free throws before Rector got two free throws each from Ford and Jackson and then three of four free throws on consecutive trips to the line from Ford making the score 55-40 Rector. Hoxie scored inside setting the final score at 55-42 Cougars.

"I thought we played a really good third quarter. We got in a little bit of transition and finally turned loose on some scoring," Rector head coach Matt Mills said. "I told our seniors if we want to hit that 50 or 60 mark they were going to have to step up and they did tonight," Mills added.

Buck led the Cougars with 19 points as Ford finished with 16 points. Hager tossed in seven points as Jackson added 5 points. Highfill and Beshears each netted three points as Simmons chipped in two points.

Rector (2-11) was back in action this past Monday as they faced off against Bay. The Cougars played with the Yellowjackets the first quarter but got away from their game plan coupled with Bay's speed and athleticism the Cougars fell 66-36.

"I thought we played well in the first quarter, we stayed with them pretty good. Then we got away from doing the things that make us who we are," Mills said after the game. "Bay is an unbelievable team but we contributed a lot to that by not playing very well," Mills added.

Highfill and Buck each scored eight points to lead Rector. Ford and Hunter McNeely finished with five points each, Jackson and Easton Tracy each netted three points, Hager chipped in two points as Simmons and Case Watson each scored one point.

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