Junior District Tournament Play Underway
Rector (8-15) fell behind early and could never catch up as they fell to Marked Tree (12-8) 49-35 in the opening round of the 2A-3 junior district tournament in Lepanto.
AJ Johnson scored the first points of the game as he hit one of two free throws on back to back trips to the free throw line for Marked Tree for an early 2-0 lead. Jack Brown scored off the fast break for the Junior Indians to make the score 4-0 with 2:30 left in the quarter. Jack Brown got a steal and lay-up before converting an old-school three-point play late in the quarter to give the Junior Indians a 9-0 lead after one.
Evan Dooley got Rector on the board in the second quarter as he scored off the fast break to make it 9-2. Tray Wofford drilled a three-pointer from the left corner for Marked Tree to increase their lead to 12-2. Shannon Patterson got a stick back basket for the Junior Cougars before Jack Brown hit two free throws, netted a three-pointer from the top of the key and then hit two more free throws to make the score 19-4 Marked Tree with 2:23 left in the first half. Johnson scored an easy basket off the fast break and Jack Brown got a basket down low for Marked Tree to make the score 23-4 Junior Indians at the half.
Wofford opened the third quarter scoring with two free throws and a three-ball as Johnson rebounded his own miss and scored for Marked Tree to increase their lead to 30-4. Trey Rodden canned a three-pointer for Rector, Johnson scored inside for the Junior Indians and Rodden canned another three-pointer for the Junior Cougars to make the score 32-10 Marked Tree with 2:47 left. Wofford connected on a three-pointer from the right corner for the Junior Indians as Patterson scored off an offensive rebound for Rector making the score 35-12 Marked Tree. Jack Brown scored back to back baskets for Marked Tree before Rector got a three-pointer from Parker Bucy and an inside basket from Patterson to make it 39-17 Junior Indians at the end of three.
Kale Hardin hit one of two free throws and Polley scored off an offensive rebound for Rector early in the fourth quarter to make it 39-18 Marked Tree. Chris Ivy hit two free throws for the Junior Indians, Polley scored inside for Rector, Jack Brown hit one of two free throws for Marked Tree and Patterson netted a three-pointer for the Junior Cougars as the teams traded scores to make it 42-25 Junior Indians with 3:50 left in the game. Tray Brown hit two free throws for Marked Tree as Rodden found twine on a three-ball for Rector to make the score 44-28 Junior Indians. Jack Brown hit two free throws and Wofford scored inside to push Marked Tree's lead to 48-28. Rodden was good on another three-pointer for the Junior Cougars, Jack Brown hit one of two free throws for Marked Tree before Rector got a fast break basket from Mike Hart and a basket down low from Drake Lindsey to set the final score at 49-35 Junior Indians.
Rector was led by Rodden with 12 points followed by Patterson with nine points and Dooley with six points. Bucy netted three points as Hart and Lindsey each had two points and Hardin chipped in one point.
Jack Brown led all scorers with 24 points for Marked Tree as Wofford added 13 points. Johnson tossed in eight points as Tray Brown and Ivy each added two points.
Junior Mohawks at Corning
The Piggott Junior Mohawk basketball teams were both eliminated in the first round of the 3A-3 district tournament at Corning High School Monday. The Lady Mohawks dropped a lopsided decision to Manila, while the boys fell to the host Bobcats. Last week both squads ended their regular seasons with losses to Osceola.
The junior girls closed out the regular season with a narrow loss to Osceola at home last Thursday evening, falling 42-38 despite 12 from Taylor Seal. Despite falling behind 9-4 after one, and trailing 22-11 at the break, they rallied in the second half and outscored the Lady Seminoles 16-11 in the third and 11-9 in the fourth, but came up just short.
Rounding out the scoring were Madison Rahn with 8, Graci Patterson and Maddie Reeves with 6 each and Claire Bellers and Abby Dutka with 3 each.
Monday afternoon the girls played in the first round of the district at Corning, falling to Manila 40-13. The Lady Lions jumped to a 7-5 lead after one, and increased it to a 15-8 tally at the half, but kept the defensive pressure on throughout the contest as they cruised to the win.
Reeves paced the Tribe with 5, Seal had 4, Patterson finished with 2 while Rahn and Carlie Vancil each had a free throw in the loss.
Playing their final games of the season without the services of point guard Trey Gossett, who had season ending surgery on a thumb last week, the junior Mohawks were dominated in their final regular season game and in the first round of district play.
At Osceola last Friday the squad took a 68-25 drubbing, unable to score in double figures in any of the four quarters. Leading the way for the Tribe was Jackson Henfling with 10, while Michael Palmer finished with 5, Ben Holcomb tallied 4, Braden Ralph finished with 3, Logan Allman had 2 and Holden Tarno contributed a free throw.
Monday evening the junior boys ended their season in the first round of the 3A-3 district at Corning, as they fell 50-33 to the hosts. Jumping out to a 12-2 lead after the first quarter, the Bobcats increased their advantage to 19-9 by the break. The Mohawks responded with a stronger second half, falling 19-12 in the third and playing to an even 12-12 in the fourth, but it was too-little, too-late.
Palmer led the way with 13, Henfling finished with 9, Ralph and Drake Featherston had 4 each and Tarno added another 3 points in the loss.