Tribe Splits Games at Cave City

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Piggott's Peyton Mann handles the ball for the Tribe at Cave City. Also pictured are Quentin Reeves (left) and Bret Fuller.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Mohawks traveled to Cave City last Friday, Dec. 2, with the junior girls, junior boys and senior boys in action. On the night the squads split, with the junior boys bringing home a win for new coach Seth Medlen. All thee are also scheduled to be in action tonight, Thursday, Dec. 8, at home against Ridgefield Christian.

Junior Girls

The Piggott Junior Lady Mohawks continued their campaign in the past week, beating Armorel on the road prior to the Thanksgiving break then dropping a game at Cave City on Friday night. Monday night they visited Maynard and came up just short.

Junior Mohawk Jackson Henfling fires-up a three in action at Cave City. Also pictured for the Tribe are Cooper Harris (left) and Michael Palmer.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Armorel

The PHS girls notched a 33-28 win over the Lady Tigers on Monday, Nov. 21. Jumping out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter, the Tribe led 16-11 at the break and 25-13 going into the final frame en route to the non conference win.

Leading the team in scoring was Taylor Seal with 12 while Madison Rahn was also in double figures with 11. Rounding out the scoring were Claire Bellers and Abby Dutka with 4 each while MaKayla Allman had 2 points in the victory. As a team the Lady Mohawks were 8 of 14 from the charity stripe.

Pacing the Armorel offense were Tya Sellers with 12 and Mayson Carr with 11, and as a team they converted on just 8 of 26 trips to the free throw line.

Cave City

The junior girls traveled to Cave City last Friday, Dec. 2, with the boy's teams to take on the Cavewomen and fell 41-13 to their 4A opponents. The Cave City girls came out hot and jumped to an 11-2 after the first quarter, and extended the advantage to 24-11 at the halftime intermission. The Piggott girls failed to score in the third, and trailed their hosts 35-11 going into the fourth quarter.

Bellers led the Tribe with 8 points on the night, while Seal finished with 3 and Rahn had 2 points in the loss.

Maynard

The Lady Mohawks put together three strong quarters at Maynard Monday night, but a late rally by the hosts pushed them ahead for the 39-36 win.

"We had a couple of three-point shots late to try to tie it up, but couldn't get them to fall," Coach Melissa Turner said of the loss. "But, it was the turnovers that really killed us."

The Tribe, paced by 18 points by Seal, jumped out to the early lead and enjoyed a 7-4 advantage after one. They held their hosts at bey in the second, taking a three point lead into the locker room at the half, 15-12.

Both teams had better results scoring in the third, but the Mohawks extended the lead to 29-24 by the end of the third quarter. But, down the stretch the Lady Tigers took advantage of several key fouls, and free throws, as they edged the tribe at the buzzer.

Along with Seal's 18 points the Mohawks got 8 from Rahn, 6 from Bellers and 2 each from Allman and Dutka. Leading the Lady Tigers with 16 was Emma Cline. As a team the Lady Mohawks only visited the free throw line twice, converting on one attempt. Meanwhile, Maynard was 7 of 13 from the charity stripe on the game.

The Lady Mohawks will be hosting Ridgefield Christian Thursday in a game not on the current schedule, with the contest set to tip-off at 5:30. Afterward, the Mohawk junior and senior boys will take on Ridgefield Christian, and those games are also not included on the current schedule.

Boys Games

The Piggott Mohawk boys basketball program began a new era Friday night, as they hit the hardwood for the first time under the guidance of new coach Seth Medlen. With just a handful of practice sessions under their belt due to the extended football season, the senior boys looked rusty in dropping a 71-54 decision at 4A Cave City. As for the junior squad, they rolled over their hosts in a decisive manner, beating the young Cavemen 55-40.

Medlen had his full senior high team in the gym for only a few practices, but their athletic ability and style of play allowed them to hang with the Cavemen for much of the contest. In the early going the Cave City size advantage posed a problem, as the hosts jumped to a 14-9 lead after the first quarter. But, the Tribe adjusted and kept the lead at five throughout the second quarter, as they trailed 30-25 at the break.

"It's a lot different getting to see the guys in a game situation, and not in practice. It gives me a better idea about our defense, and what we need to work on such as the way we jump to the ball, and not just looking at the ball, but keeping the ball and player in sight," Medlen said of the first game."We also need to work more on team communication, I'm still not hearing them communicate on the court. But, those things will come with time."

Following intermission the Caveman continued to take advantage of easy back-door baskets, and a huge difference in rebounds. They pushed that to a 52-38 lead by the end of three, and with both sides substituting freely, cruised to the non-conference win.

"I still need to find out who plays best together, and that will have a lot to do with the way I substitute and such," Medlen noted of the performance. "I need to see lineups and they need to learn about me, it's a learning process right now."

Peyton Mann led the Tribe with 14 on the night, while Cave City's Blaine Bacon led all scorers with 23 despite being shut-out in the first quarter. Also in double figures for the Mohawks was Quentin Reeves with 10 points, including 6 points on free throws. Bret Fuller finished with 9, Trey Gossett contributed another 8 and was 4 for 4 at the charity stripe, Spencer Hardin had 4 points, all in the fourth, while Brier Staples finished with 5 and Carrington McDaniel added a pair of free throws.

As a team the Mohawks converted on 20 of 32 free throw attempts, while the Cavemen were 17 of 31 from the line in the win.

"I always tell my guys the losses are on me and you take the wins because I don't get to play," Medlen offered. "And, I'm always looking for how I can do a better job of helping you."

All things considered, the first year head man was happy with the team's prospects.

"I was really pleased with what I saw. We had a ton of un-forced turnovers, but those happen when you play at a faster pace, and that's what we'll do--we'll get it going, I'm not a big zone guy," he offered. "But, I'm huge on communication and that's going to be key. But, learning them and learning what position they're going to do the best on the floor is going to help me help them be successful, and it just takes time."

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks, most of whom saw a great deal of action last year, easily handled the junior Cavemen in the early contest. The squad shook-off the early season rust quickly, trailing 8-7 after the first quarter and then erupting late in the second to take a 28-19 advantage at the break.

The squad mounted another fierce run late in the third, extending the lead to 47-26 going into the fourth quarter, then cruised to the 15 point non-conference win to begin the season at 1-0.

Michael Palmer led the team with 18, Jackson Henfling finished with 13, Holden Tarno had 9 points, all on 3-pointers, Ben Holcomb finished with 7 and Cooper Harris and Ryker Little had 4 points each in the win. Wojcik led Cave City with 11.

The junior Mohawks converted on 4 of 6 free throws while the junior Cavemen were 8 of 18 from the line.

Both Piggott boys squads will be in action Thursday at PHS, as they will host Ridgefield Christian in a set of games not on the current schedule. The junior boys and senior boys will both follow the Junior Lady Mohawks game with RC, which tips-off at 5:30.

The Tribe is slated to visit Maynard Friday evening, and will make the trip back to Randolph County on Monday as they take on another 4A school in Pocahontas. They'll return home on Friday, Dec. 16, as they host non-conference Highland at PHS and will host Walnut Ridge on Dec. 19. The Mohawks will also be taking part in the Hoxie Christmas Tournament in late December.

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