Cougar Hoops Teams in Action

Monday, February 8, 2016
Lady Cougar Matison Dean drives to the hoop in action against Marmaduke.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

As the season winds down toward post-season tournaments, the Rector Cougars picked up their second conference win of the campaign, a 77-58 decision Thursday over visiting Crowley's Ridge Academy.

The Cougars notched the victory despite a tremendous 32-point performance by CRA's Griffin Hogue.

Rector had a hot scorer of its own, however, as Lawson Ford poured in 25 points, including five three-pointers. He was joined in double figures by three Cougars -- Kirk Beshears 14, Danny Hager 10 and Easton Tracy 10. Also scoring were Garrett Buck 8, Huston Highfill 6 and Sam Simmons 4.

Rector nailed nine three-pointers in the game.

CRA led 20-19 after one period, but the Cougars rebounded to take a 41-32 margin into intermission. Rector was ahead 61-41 after three and coasted to the 19-point win.

Rector's junior high team also posted a win, dropping CRA 37-24 after putting up quarter leads of 14-7, 26-18 and 35-22.

Trey Rodden led Rector scoring with 10 points. Also scoring were Ty Jones 9, Shannon Patterson 8, Max Ford 6 and Parker Bucy 4. Bennett Austin had 11 for CRA.

EPC Action

Both Rector teams dropped games on the road Tuesday of last week at East Poinsett County.

The seniors lost 64-52 despite notching 11 three-pointers in the contest.

Quarter leads for the Warriors were 17-13, 34-25 and 53-34.

Ford had four of the treys for Rector as he led the team with 17 points. Chase Jackson also had four three-pointers on his way to 14 points. Also scoring were Hager 6, Buck 5, Simmons 4, Beshears 3, Hunter McNeely 2 and Highfill 1. In double figures for EPC were Dorsey 17, Reed 13 and Brown 10.

EPC won the junior high game, 55-34. The Junior Warriors posted quarter leads of 11-6, 23-15 and 39-22.

Ford led Rector with 10 points. Also scoring were Rodden 9, Patterson 7, Drake Lindsey 3, Conly Lockhart 2, Evan Dooley 2 and Kale Hardin 1. Gilmer had 20 and Bush 19 for the winners.

Rector was scheduled to host Marmaduke in homecoming action on Tuesday night. Both teams will travel Friday to Buffalo Island Central.

The junior district tournament starts Saturday and runs through next week.

The senior Lady Cougars faced defeat twice in the last week, losing 58-28 to Marmaduke on the Cougars' home floor Monday night and 54-45 to East Poinsett County as guests Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Rector girls stepped up their game and were more competitive this time around, but the aggressiveness of Marmaduke eventually proved difficult to overcome.

Tabitha Hyten came off the bench for Marmaduke in the second quarter, hitting three field goals within a minute, setting the tone for the rest of the game. However, the Hounds did not run away with the game as they often do.

Leading quarters for the guests were 13-5, 32-15 and 47-22. Leading scoring all around was Marmaduke's Abby Meredith, posting 27 points. Other scoring for the Hounds included Hyten 11, Natalie Lentz 9, Desirae Elder 4, Kelsey McCoy 4 and Jordan Mays 3.

"This was a big rival game," Greyhound coach Rick Smith said. "They did really well the first half getting 10 free throws, but we came back the second half and were better about not fouling."

Scoring for the Hounds were Colby Lynch 10, Matison Dean 7, Tori Hill 6 and Dominique Coln 5.

"Marmaduke played better than we did; they have two good teams," Cougar coach Matt Dean said. "I thought we played better than the last time we played them though."

The Cougars traveled to EPC Thursday night and played a close game, staying within four points of EPC's lead up until the fourth quarter. Leading quarters for the hosts were 16-12, 25-23 and 40-37. The Warriors outscored the Cougars 14-8 for the win.

Despite Rector's Hill posting 22 points, highest in the game, two Warriors took the spotlight -- Krystan Vornes 14 and Bre Ward 14. Other scoring for the Cougars included Dean 9, Adams 9, Lynch 4 and Coln 1.

"The seniors played really well -- EPC beat us worse the first time," Dean said. "They played well; we just ran out of gas."

The junior high ladies fell to Marmaduke, 43-20.

Leading quarters for the Hounds were 13-4, 23-8 and 33-16. Scoring for the Cougars were Gabby Clark 8, Mylessa Gant 8, Shianne Rients 2 and Colby Robinson 2.

Scoring for the Hounds were Natalie Shelton 16, Ressa Hampton 12, Maggie Mays 10, Emma Foster 3 and Anna Meredith 2.

The Junior Cougars took on EPC and won, 22-21.

The two teams tied 4-4 in the first, but the Cougars got them by two in the second 10-8. In the third the Cougars led 19-10. Scoring for Rector was Mylessa Gant 16, Gabby Clark 3 and Shianne Rients 3.

"This was the best game of the year for the junior girls," Dean said. "We controlled the tempo and got a good win."

Both Cougar teams travel Thursday to Buffalo Island Central for the final conference game of the year. The juniors will participate in the district tournament starting Saturday. The senior girls will host Piggott on Thursday, Feb. 11.

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