Mohawk Hoops Season Draws Near

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Basketball season is set to get underway in the coming days for the Piggott Mohawks, although the boy's schedule will be affected by the football playoffs. As for the Lady Mohawks, low numbers for the senior high squad have forced drastic changes to the schedule, while the junior girls are expected to proceed as planned. Both squads also have new coaches, as former assistant Melissa Turner has taken over the reigns of the girls program while Seth Medlin has taken the head coaching job for the boy's team.

Turner reports only three, possibly four, players are available for the Lady Mohawk senior squad. As a result their regular season has been scratched, although Turner plans to move-up her four freshmen at the end of their district tournament and compete in the senior district. The girls were scheduled to open at home Friday night against Cave City, and then host Westside on Monday, Nov. 14, before visiting Armorel on Nov. 21.

Meanwhile, with the Mohawk football team in the playoffs the basketball season may be put on hold, as it is with many schools this time of year. The Tribe is slated to open at Marynard next Friday, Oct. 28, but a football win Friday night at Cedar Ridge would force a cancellation. They're also slated to visit BIC on Monday, Nov. 21, and will then be idle until Dec. 2, when they're slated to visit Cave City.

Under the new conference alignment this year, teams are not required to play all members of their conference as they have in years past. Instead, they will play a variety of both larger and smaller schools, with strength of schedule used to help determine seedings in the district tourney.

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