Lady Cougars Edged by Sloan-Hendrix

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rector's senior girls made a game of it in the second half, but fell short to visiting Sloan-Hendrix, 48-40, in basketball action Tuesday of last week.

The Lady Greyhounds rolled to a 30-18 halftime lead and appeared to be putting the game away, but coach Matt Dean's Lady Cougars played a stronger second half and kept the contest close until the end.

"We started off slow and didn't rebound well in the first half," Dean said. "And we couldn't get any of our shots to fall.

"In the second half, Gabby (Clark) got some offensive rebounds and Matison (Dean) hit some shots for us. We did a lot better down the stretch, but we've got to play a full game."

Dean led Rector scorers with 21 points and Clark also was in double figures with 15. Others scorers were Emma Hobbs 3 and Dominque Coln 1. Annie Doney led the winners with 21 points and Brenda McCain added 14.

Rector hit 13 of 23 free throws, while the Lady Hounds were 9-15.

"We struggle to score a little," coach Dean said of his team's performance in the early part of the season. "But we've been in every game. We've just got to get more consistent on the offensive end."

Sloan-Hendrix also won the junior girls game. The visitors posted quarter leads of 9-6, 19-7 and 26-16 on their way to a 31-25 win.

Scoring for Rector were Michaela Rients 10, Alyse Gant 9, Ellie Ford 5 and Ryleigh Laden 1. Ava Murphy had 9 for Sloan-Hendrix.

Lady Lions

Gabby Clark scored a season-high 20 points to lead Rector to a 50-46 high school girls basketball win against Senath-Hornersville on Monday at Rector High School. Dean added 16 points for the Lady Cougars, while Mylesa Gant finished with 10 points for Rector, which evened its record at 3-3 on the season.

The Lady Cougars get a break in their schedule this week while not playing in the Williams Baptist College Tournament. Rector returns to action Dec. 6 when it hosts Ridgefield Christian.

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