Cougars in Action
Rector's senior boys dropped a pair of conference basketball games during the past week. The Cougars now are preparing for their final regular-season game, Senior Night on Thursday against Piggott, and then the district tournament next week at Marked Tree.
The Cougars played well in the first half in a homecoming game against Marmaduke on Tuesday of last week, but faltered down the stretch in a 52-39 setback.
Three-pointers by Lawson Ford and Easton Tracy late in the first quarter gave the Cougars an 18-11 lead to the delight of the large home crowd. A basket by Jacob Caraway closed the gap, but Rector still led 18-13 after the first frame.
Lucas Dixon had a strong second period for the Greyhounds, scoring six points, as the teams battled on even terms toward intermission. A late field goal by Luke Richey tied the score at 26 at the break.
Rector came out on fire to start the third period, as treys by Ford and Danny Hager pushed the Cougars on top, 32-26. But the home team went unbelievably cold the rest of the way, scoring only seven more points.
Meanwhile, the Greyhounds found their footing in moving to a 41-37 advantage after three frames as Dixon scored the final four points of the quarter.
Rector scored only two points in the fateful fourth period on a steal and layup by Ford.
The Greyhounds scored 11, by hitting all but one of 12 free throw attempts.
In double figures for the Hounds were Tyler Vowell 13, Derek Agee 12, Dixon 11 and Bryson Horton 10. Also scoring were Andrew Church, Richey and Caraway with two each.
Marmaduke hit 22 of 26 free throws in the game.
Ford, with 18, was the only Cougar in double figures. Also scoring were Garrett Buck 5, Hager 5, Chase Jackson 3, Tracy 3, Kirk Beshears 3 and Huston Highfill 2.
Rector was 3-6 at the charity stripe.
The Cougars struggled at Buffalo Island Central on Friday of last week, losing 68-42. Quarter leads for the Mustangs were 15-10, 40-19 and 60-35.
Ford with 14 and Buck with 10 paced Rector. Also scoring were Highfill 6, Beshears 6, Jackson 2, Sam Simmons 2 and Hunter McNeely 2.
BIC had three in double figures -- Travan Cobb 24, Trey Depriest 17 and Dax Hurst 12.
The Mustangs poured in 23 of 30 free throws while Rector went 4-6.
The Cougars had six treys in the game to seven for the Mustangs.
Juniors Split Two Games
Rector's junior boys came out on top over Marmaduke, 38-27.
Quarter leads for the Junior Cougars were 6-4, 16-14 and 25-19.
Trey Rodden and Max Ford paced the winners with 12 and 11 points respectively. Also scoring were Shannon Patterson 4, Kale Hardin 4, Parker Bucy 3, Colton Lindsey 2 and Evan Dooley 2.
Scoring for Marmaduke were Billy Elder 12, Blake Boyd 5, Austin McCoy 3, Blake Brown 3, Bradley Horton 2 and Easton Bradshaw 2.
Buffalo Island Central posted quarter leads of 9-5, 25-13 and 33-19 on their way to a 45-26 win.
Rodden paced Rector with 7 points. Also scoring were Ford 5, Hardin 4, Bucy 3, Drake Lindsey 3, Patterson 2 and Dooley 2.
Teeter had 12 and Dublin 10 for the winners.
Buffalo Island Central narrowly beat the senior high Lady Cougars, 40-32, last week at BIC with tightly scored quarters throughout the game.
Rector led at the first two breaks, 10-7 and 18-16, but the Lady Mustangs took the third 26-24 and outscored the Lady Cougars 11-8 in the fourth quarter for the win.
Scoring for Rector were Colby Lynch 8, Matison Dean 7, Dominique Coln 6, Sophie Adams 5, Tori Hill 3 and Emma Hobbs 3.
"The girls played really hard; we just didn't hit enough shots," coach Matt Dean said.
It was back and forth with the junior high game with the Rector Cougars taking the first quarter 7-5, the Mustangs taking the lead at halftime 11-10 and holding it through the third 17-14, but in the end the Junior Cougars outscored the competition 12-7 in the fourth, winning over BIC 26-24.
Scoring for the Cougars were Mylessa Gant 9, Gabby Clark 7, Shianne Rients 5 and Michaela Rients 5.
"The junior high played really well and pulled off a tough conference win," Dean said.