RHS Girls Come Up Short in 2A-3 Play

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Lady Cougar Tori Hill (left) drives to the basket as Sarah Isom (center) sets to rebound, and Colby Lynch is set to take the outlet pass, in action against EPC Thursday night.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

The Lady Cougars played their hearts out to no avail over the past week, losing on their home court 50-36 to Riverside Monday night and 46-30 to Earle Thursday, Jan. 14. The girls stand 8-10 for the season and 5-5 in conference.

"We led them at the half and shot really well for the first two and a half quarters," coach Matt Dean said of the loss to Riverside. "I think they wore us down; we got tired and they made a run."

The Rebels took the first quarter 10-8, the Cougars led 24-21 at halftime and the Rebels took over in the third, 38-32. The Rebels outscored the Cougars by eight in the final quarter. Two Rebels outscored the rest -- Haven Robertson 20 and Bailey Fisher 18.

Colby Lynch led Cougar scoring with 11. Other scoring was Tori Hill 9, Emma Hobbs 6, Dominique Coln 5 and Matison Dean 5.

The girls played hard in last week's game against Earle battling until the end, but with the height and athleticism of Earle's Lady Bulldogs the Cougars "had trouble consistently scoring and they were so big we couldn't find any lanes," Dean said.

Leading quarters for the Bulldogs were 14-3, 18-14 and 35-23. Leading scoring for the Cougars was Hill and Lynch, both with 11. Other scorers were Dean 5 and Sophie Adams 1.

The junior ladies "didn't shoot well," said Dean of their battle against Riverside, ending in a loss of 30-19. "We played really good defensively, but couldn't get the ball in." The ladies now stand 4-10 overall and 2-8 conference.

Leading quarters for the Rebels were 18-3, 10-5 and 15-11. Leading scorers for the Cougars were Gabby Clark and Shianne Rients, both posting 6. Other scorers were Michaela Rients 3, Mylessa Gant 2 and Colby Robinson 2.

The junior high played their best game of the season against Earle, said Dean. The ladies ended up losing 37-25, but the team showed real improvement and consistency not seen before.

"We were within three with four to five minutes to go," Dean said. "The girls played really well and hard."

Leading quarters for the Bulldogs were 10-7, 23-13 and 37-19. Leading scoring for the Junior Cougars was Gant, posting 11. Other scorers were Clark 8, Rients 4 and Sawyer Hendrix 2.

The Lady Cougars host South Pemiscot Thursday night. "We played them early in the year and beat them," said Dean. "Hopefully we can build on how we've been playing and get a win."

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