Mohawk Squads Split Games

Monday, February 8, 2016
Mohawk Brayden Brewer drives to the basket in action against Hoxie while Nicholas Harris (left) sets to rebound for the Tribe.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Mohawk boys teams had a busy week, hosting Hoxie for homecoming on Tuesday, visiting Corning on Friday and then playing host to the Rivercrest Colts Saturday afternoon in a make-up game. On the week the senior squad went 2-1, while the junior boys were 1-2 with a double overtime win over the Mustangs.

Hoxie

Thanks to the recent winter weather, the Tribe hosted Hoxie last Tuesday in their belated homecoming contest, which had been scheduled for the previous Friday. In the varsity contest the Mohawks got off to a cold start following the time-off, but powered down the stretch to a 54-47 win.

A trio of seniors were in double figures, led by Brayden Brewer with 18, Nick Harris with 12 and Logan Dixon with 10 points, while Peyton Mann had 9 points, Quinton Mauldin and Quentin Reeves had 2 each and Beau Jett notched a free-throw. As a team the Mohawks were only 11 of 21 from the charity stripe. Alex Carpenter led the Mustangs in the loss with 22, including six three-point baskets.

Junior Game

The early contest against Hoxie, played before a near capacity homecoming crowd, was a double-overtime thriller with the Mohawks pulling out a 54-47 decision.

The two squads stood even at 7-7 after one, and the junior Mohawks pulled to an 18-11 lead at the break. Hoxie outscored their hosts in the third, but still trailed the Tribe 28-25 going into the fourth quarter. With time running out, the Mustangs put up a strong fight late, and the two teams ended regulation tied at 37-37.

The first overtime was a defensive stalemate, as both squads could only muster a field goal in the frame. But, the Mohawks mounted a late effort in the second overtime period, and outscored their visitors 15-10 to set the final score.

Michael Palmer had the hot hand for the Tribe with 18, including three three-pointers and a 5 for 6 performance at the charity stripe. Also in double figures was Trey Gossett with 13, while Holden Tarno and Braden Ralph had 8 each, Jackson Henfling finished with 4 and Dylan Bellers had 3 points. The junior Mustangs were led by Tracer Keeling with 16.

Corning Games

The Mohawks visited the Corning Bobcats Friday evening, with the junior squad dropping a lopsided decision and the senior squad bringing home a 10 point road win.

The Mohawk senior squad came out of the gate strong at Corning, and enjoyed a 25-9 lead after the first quarter. Their hosts rebounded somewhat in the second, taking the frame 17-10 as the Tribe took a 35-26 lead into the locker room at the half.

Both teams scored 17 in the third quarter, and the two longtime rivals went into the fourth quarter with the Mohawks ahead 52-43. Down the stretch the Tribe maintained the lead, outscoring the Bobcats 19-18 in the fourth to set the final score.

Brewer once again led a trio of Mohawks in double figures with 23, including an 8 for 10 night at the line, while Harris and Mann both finished with 13. Also scoring for the Tribe were Mauldin with 8, Jett with 7, Dixon with 5 and Spencer Hardin with a field goal. As a team the Mohawks were 25 of 37 from the stripe.

Junior Game

The Bobkittens took both the seventh grade and junior high game, 46-12 and 51-33 respectively. Dixon led the seventh graders in their loss, while Seal, Mantz and Blue had 2 points each. The junior boys were led by Dylan Bellers with 13, including 2 three-pointers, while Gossett had 10, Harris and Logan Allman finished with 3 each and Ben Holcomb and Ralph had 2 each.

Rivercrest Games

Tipping-off at mid-afternoon, the Mohawks made up their games with Rivercrest on Saturday and were swept by the Colts, something the Tribe had done to their visitors earlier in the season.

Despite the busy week, the Mohawks put up a good effort against the athletic Colts, falling by a final score of 67-59. Brewer had 21 to lead all scorers on the game, while Mann was also in double figures with 16. Meanwhile, Harris finished with 8, Dixon had 7, Mauldin finished with 5 points and Jett had a deuce. As a team the Mohawks converted on 13 of 19 free throw attempts, including Brewer's perfect 6 for 6 night.

Pacing the Colts was Carl Williams with 17 points.

Junior Games

Despite a strong performance by the Junior Mohawks, poor shooting in both the second and third quarters doomed the Tribe as they dropped their conference game to Rivercrest 57-52.

The Mohawks came out strong in the first, taking the frame 16-12, but Rivercrest responded with an 18-8 run in the second to gain the halftime lead. The visitors also outscored their hosts 11-6 in the third, but the Mohawks stormed back late to keep it close.

Gossett led the Mohawks with 22, Palmer had 12, Henfling finished with 6, Bellers had 5, Cooper Harris finished with 4 and Ralph had 3 points in the loss. As a team the junior Mohawks were 26 of 41 from the charity stripe. Leading the Colts in the win was Kentavious Robinson with 27.

The junior Mohawks now stand at 7-9 on the season, and 2-6 in conference play. Meanwhile, the senior squad improves to 12-10 overall and 5-3 in 3A-3 competition. Both squads were scheduled to host Manila Tuesday evening, and will visit Osceola on Friday. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the senior squads are scheduled to visit Walnut Ridge, as the junior team will be preparing for the district tournament set for next week at Corning.

The Piggott Lady Mohawks split a pair of conference games in the past week, dropping a two point contest to Corning at home last Thursday and then pulling out a two point double-overtime win Monday evening at Manila. But, the Mohawks also lost the services of senior guard Devyn Staples in the early going of the game with the Lady Lions, as she fell and sustained a bump on the head. Tuesday evening they were slated to host the Hayti Lady Indians, with only the senior squad in action, prior to the boy's games with Manila.

Corning

With a large crowd in attendance, the Tribe hosted Corning last Thursday at PHS and to the delight of the Mohawk faithful jumped out to an early lead. Utilizing an up-tempo style, the Lady Mohawks sprinted to a lead of 11-2, and held a 21-6 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

But, the Lady Bobcats stepped-up the defensive pressure in the second frame, and pulled back to within three points, 31-28 at the break. Foul trouble also plagued the Mohawks, as starters Staples, MaKalia Beck and Colby Crossfield all went into the intermission with four fouls each, while Braelyn Rhodes had three.

With the Piggott starters in foul trouble, the Lady Bobcats took the third quarter 15-7, as they rebounded to take the lead with just over two minutes left in the frame. Despite committing a raft of fouls themselves, the visitors enjoyed a 43-38 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

Down the stretch Rhodes stepped-up and hit several key baskets, and free throws, to keep the Tribe in the ballgame as the starters began to foul-out. But, with only three points coming from the Piggott bench, the Mohawks were edged by a field goal.

Rhodes led the Mohawks with 21 points, including 11 of 13 from the free throw line as she was closely guarded throughout the contest. Staples was also in double figures with 12, while Grayson Murray finished with 8, and Beck and Crossfield had 6 each and Madison Pool came off the bench for a trey.

Kaytie Manatt led the Lady Bobcats with 30, as she was the only Corning player to score in double figures. As a team the Mohawks were 20 of 31 from the charity stripe, while Corning converted on 27 of 39 trips to the line.

Junior Game

The Lady Bobcats also took the junior game, jumping to an early lead and holding on for a 49-24 decision. Taylor Seal had 10, while Claire Bellers and Claire Vancil had 6 each and Abby Dutka finished with 2 in the loss.

Manila

The Lady Mohawks and the Lady Lions needed two extra frames to decide Monday night's 3A-3 conference game at Manila. Led by sophomore standout Braelyn Rhodes with 32 points, the Tribe weathered the loss of guard Devyn Staples and held-on for the win. The Mohawks also got several clutch free-throws in the late going, including a key pair from Murray as she was en route to a 10 point night.

The first quarter seemed to be a forecast of things to come, as neither squad could gain an advantage in the early going, and the two teams stood knotted at 13-13 after one. Staples left the game in the first quarter, with just a field goal to her credit, after falling and bumping her head. She was expected to sit-out Tuesday's non-conference home game with Hayti, but was expected to return for Thursday's home set with Osceola and Friday's contest with Bay.

The Tribe took the second quarter decisively, and enjoyed a 27-19 lead at the break. But, the Lady Lions weren't finished, as they came roaring back in the third and fourth quarters. By the end of three the Mohawk lead had shrunk to seven points, with the two teams ending regulation tied at 44.

The first overtime period was more of the same, with both squads scoring 10 points in the extra frame, and the score stood at 54-54 as the buzzer sounded for the second time. Much the entertainment of the crowd, the second overtime was also a nail-biter, with the Lady Mohawks squeaking out an 63-61 decision.

In addition to Staples' deuce, Crossfield finished with 9 and Beck had 8 for the Mohawk starters. Coming off the bench to score a field goal was Ambrea Massey as she finished with 2. Jordyn Wheeler led the Lady Lions in the loss with 17.

With the split the Lady Mohawks extend their season record to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play. They were slated to play Hayti Tuesday afternoon, will host the Lady Seminoles Thursday at PHS and will also play a non-conference set with Bay on Friday evening.

Junior Game

The Junior Lady Lions took the early contest Monday evening at Manila High School by a final of 28-17. The Lady Mohawks were paced by Bellers with 8 while Seal finished with 6.

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