RHS Girls Fall in Kell Classic, Beat BIC
The Rector Lady Cougars (6-9) found the going hard as they faced off with Southside in the opening game of the Kell Classic this past Saturday at the Kell Classic being held at Swifton High School. But, the girls rebounded Monday night with a home win over BIC, avenging the loss that sent them home from last month's NEA Invitational.
The Lady Southerners came out firing on all cylinders as they raced out to a 9-0 lead before the Lady Cougars put their points on the board. Colby Lynch scored Rector's only points in the first quarter when she got inside for a score with 3:23 left in the quarter. Southside got another basket to take an 11-2 lead after one quarter of play.
Southside canned a three-pointer to open the second quarter only to see Matison Dean answer with a three-pointer of her own to make the score 14-5 Lady Southerners. Southside scored the next six points to go up 20-5 before Emma Hobbs netted a three-pointer from the left wing to make the score 20-8 Southside with 2:46 left before half. The Lady Southerners again ran off six points to go up 26-8 as Rector's Tori Hill drained a three-pointer to make the score 26-11 Southside. The Lady Southerners added another basket off the fast break to make the score 28-11 Lady Southerners headed to the half.
Lynch opened the scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer from the left corner making the score 28-14. Southside scored the next seven points to stretch their lead to 35-14. Lynch scored inside before Southside scored the last six points of the fourth third to giving the Lady Southerners a 41-16 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Southside scored the first basket of the fourth quarter before Dean connected on a three-pointer from the left wing making the score 43-19 Lady Southerners. Southside scored the last eight points of the quarter in posting a 51-19 win over the Lady Cougars.
"We played like it was a nine o'clock game in the morning," Rector head coach Matt Dean said of the game. "We didn't shoot the ball very well and we looked sluggish on defense," Dean added.
Lynch led the Lady Cougars in scoring with seven points as Dean followed with six points. Hobbs and Hill each chipped in two points.
Rector's senior girls picked up their third conference win of the season with a solid 32-24 victory Monday night at home against Buffalo Island Central.
The victory moved the Lady Cougars to 3-4 in conference action, 6-9 overall.
Rector got balanced scoring in the contest -- Matison Dean 8, Colby Lynch 6, Tori Hill 5, Emma Hobbs 5, Dominique Coln 4 and Sophie Adams 4.
Heather Sipes paced BIC with 10 points.
Quarter leads for the winners were 7-5, 15-10 and 19-16.
The Lady Cougars clinched the win by hitting eight free throws in the fourth quarter. Rector was 12-23 from the line in the game. The Lady Mustangs were 5-9 at the charity stripe. Rector hit four three-pointers, while the visitors had five.
"We played really well defensively," Rector coach Matt Dean said. "We played a lot more aggressively than we did during the break."
Dean said the Lady Mustangs used a triangle-and-two defense early in the game to stymie some of the Rector offense. "But several of our players eventually stepped up and made some buckets to get them out of the triangle-and-two so I was proud of them for that."
The Lady Cougars' next action will be Monday at Marked Tree.
Looking to the remainder of the season, Dean said getting balanced scoring will be a key to improved performance.
"If we can get some others to step forward and continue to hit shots well, then we'll have a good chance to do some good things at the end."
BIC easily won the junior girls game, 32-15, after posting quarter leads of 9-6, 22-11 and 27-11.
Rector had only three players in the scoring column -- Mylessa Gant 10, Shianne Rients 3 and Gabby Clark 2. Breanna Lambert paced the Junior Mustangs with 11.
The Junior Cougars hit only one three-pointer in the game, while BIC had four.
Rector was 2-4 and the free throw line, while the visitors went 7-9.
"We didn't shoot it very well," coach Dean said. "They pretty much keyed on Gabby and Mylessa.
"We gave up some threes in the corner that hurt us and they hit their free throws and we didn't."
The Junior Cougars now stand 1-5 in conference play and 4-10 overall. They also will face Marked Tree on Monday night.