Lady Mohawks Split Games

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Piggott's MaKalia Beck blocks the shot of Hoxie's Sydney Gillham during girls' basketball action at the Kell Classic in Swifton. (TD photo/Anthony Cossey)

Piggott fell behind early and could never catch up as the Lady Mohawks lost to the Lady Mustangs 51-31 last Wednesday at the Kell Classic in Swifton.

Hoxie jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Piggott got a fast break lay up from MaKalia Beck to make it 5-2. The Lady Mustangs hit back to back three-pointers making it 11-2 Hoxie with 1:39 left. Beck scored a basket inside and Grayson Murray had a stick back basket to make the score 11-6 Lady Mustangs at the end of one.

Hoxie scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to stretch their lead to 23-6. Beck hit a jumper in the lane for Piggott making the score 22-8. The Lady Mustangs got inside for a score before Murray hit one of two free throws after Hoxie was whistled for a technical foul to make the score 24-9 with 2:38 left in the half. Hoxie scored the last seven points of the quarter to take a 31-9 lead into the half.

The Lady Mustangs opened the scoring in the second half with a jumper in lane as Braelyn Rhodes answered with a three-pointer for Piggott making the score 33-12 Hoxie. The Lady Mustangs scored back to back baskets before Piggott answered with the next 13 points to make the score 37-22 Hoxie. Colby Crossfield canned consecutive three-pointers, Devyn Staples added a three-pointer and Rhodes hit one of two free throws. Hoxie drilled a three-pointer to make it 40-22 at the end of three quarter of play.

Beck hit one of two free throws early in the fourth quarter only to see Hoxie score back to back baskets inside to make the score 44-23 Lady Mustangs. Rhodes netted a three-pointer for Piggott, Hoxie scored inside and Crossfield hit one of three free throws after being fouled attempting a three-pointer for the Lady Mohawks making the score 46-27 Hoxie. Beck had a stick back basket between Hoxie scores making it 50-29 Hoxie with 3:59 left in the game. Staples hit a running jumper in the lane for the Lady Mohawks before the Lady Mustangs hit one of two free throws with just under a minute left to set the final score at 51-31 Hoxie.

"Hoxie just wanted it more than us. You saw that from the tip off," Coach Chase Halbrook said after the game. "They out hustled us in every aspect of the game. Hats off to them," Halbrook added.

Beck led the Lady Mohawks in scoring with 9 points followed by Rhodes and Crossfield with 7 points each. Staples tossed in five points and Murray added three points.

Manila

The Piggott Lady Mohawks resumed regular season play Monday night at PHS, pounding the Lady Lions of Manila 61-39 in 3A-3 conference action. Holding the Lions to single digits in both the first and second quarters, the Tribe took advantage of a wealth of free throw opportunities in powering to the win. As for the junior girls, their woes continued with a 31-16 loss, while the seventh graders came from behind to take their game 17-16. Thursday evening the senior squad will be in action at Corning High School in the First National Bank Invitational Tournament.

Senior girls

Coming off the disappointing loss to Hoxie at in the Kell Classic, the Lady Mohawks rolled into Monday night's game and jumped to the early lead, and never looked back. With MaKalia Beck and Grayson Murray providing the inside scoring, and Braelyn Rhodes and Devyn Staples capitalizing on over 20 free throw opportunities, the Mohawks increased their lead in three of the four frames.

Quarter leads for the Mohawks were 12-8, 31-12 and 42-24 en route to the 61-39 victory.

Staples, Rhodes and Beck finished with 16 points each, while Murray contributed another 12, many coming off offensive rebounds. Rhodes was also a rock solid 10 of 11 from the free throw line, while Staples converted on 9 of 12 trips to the stripe. As a team the Mohawks were 21 of 28 from the line, with nearly half their points coming at the charity stripe.

Taylor Harmon paced the Lady Lions in the loss with 13, and as a team Manila was 5 of 9 from the free throw line as the Tribe stayed out of foul trouble.

With the split in the Kell Classic, and the win over Manila, the Mohawks now stands at 9-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play. As the fourth seed, they take on fifth-seeded Malden at 5:15 Thursday afternoon at Corning in the first round of the FNB Invitational. With a win they'll advance to the semi-finals, and a 6:30 start Friday evening against the winner of the game between top-seeded Naylor and eighth-seeded Hayti. A loss would put them in the consolation bracket, and a 4 p.m. start Friday against the loser of that game.

The teams in the lower half of the bracket include the second-seeded Corning Lady Bobcats, seventh-seeded Campbell Lady Camels, third seeded Lady Dons of Doniphan and the sixth seeded Maynard Lady Tigers.

The finals will all be played Saturday, with the seventh place game at 1 p.m., consolation championship at 2:30, third place game at 4 and the championship game at 5:30.

Junior Girls

The junior Lady Mohawks continued to struggle in their game with Manila, falling 31-16. Graci Patterson and Claire Bellers each had 5, while Taylor Seal, Maddie Reeves and Carlie Vancil all had 2 each. As a team the girls were 2 for 2 from the free throw line.

The junior Lady Lions were led by Sydney Adcock with 8 points.

Seventh Grade

The Lady Mohawk seventh grade squad came from behind Monday night to post a 17-16 win over Manila at PHS. Claire Bellers led the way with 11 points, while Shalyn Lewis finished with 4 and Madison Reeves contributed 2 points. Anna Adams was top scorer for Manila with 11.

The seventh grade and junior teams will remain idle until Thursday, Jan. 21, when they're slated to visit Rivercrest in 3A-3 conference play with the senior squad.

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