Tribe Teams Hit Hardwood

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Peyton Mann floats to the hoop for two of his career-high 32 points in last Thursday night's Mohawk win over Ridgefield Christian. Also pictured for the Tribe are Brier Staples (2) and Quentin Reeves(13).(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Both the Mohawk boys and girls were in action in the past week.

Lady Mohawks

The Piggott Junior Lady Mohawks posted their second win in a row last Thursday evening, as they hosted the Lady Warriors of Ridgefield Christian and came out on top of a 34-28 decision. Tuesday night the girls visited 4A Pocahontas, and dropped a lopsided loss to the Lady Redskins.

Claire Bellers makes a move to the basket for the Lady Mohawks. Also pictured for the Tribe is Makayla Allman (35).(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Ridgefield Christian

The junior girls hosted RC at the PHS gym last Thursday, along with the junior and senior boys teams. On the night the Tribe recorded a solid sweep, as all three squads handled the visitors.

The Lady Mohawks and the Lady Warriors both got off to slow starts in the early contest, with the Tribe leading by a scant 4-2 after the first quarter.

In the second the Mohawks erupted for 12 points, while holding the visitors to just 5, as they enjoyed a 16-7 lead at the intermission. The third quarter was much like the first, as the two teams scored 6 and 5 points respectively, as the Mohawks extended their lead to 22-12 entering the fourth.

Down the stretch both teams subbed freely, and although the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Mohawks 16-12 in the period, the final was set.

Claire Bellers led the Tribe with 10 points, including 2 for 6 from the free throw line; Jennifer Rahn had 7 points, including a 2 for 2 night at the charity stripe and one 3-point basket; Taylor Seal and Makayla Allman had 6 each, while Abby Dutka and Kaylee Edwards each scored 2 points in the win. Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Emily Pierce with 13, as she led all scorers.

Following Tuesday night's games at Pocahontas, which included the seventh grade squad, the junior girls will be back at home Friday as they host Highland along with the boys teams. They'll also be at home on Monday, Dec. 19, as Walnut Ridge comes to town. Afterward, they'll remain idle through the Christmas and New Years holiday break, and will resume action on Thursday, Jan. 5, in a home set with Maynard.

Mohawk Boys

The Piggott Mohawk boys basketball teams were busy in the past week, playing in three games in five days. Last week the Tribe posted a home win over Ridgefield Christian, then beat Maynard on the road. Monday night they visited 4A Pocahontas, and fell by wide margins in both the junior high and varsity contests. Friday night they're slated to host another regional 4A team, as the Highland Rebels visit PHS, and Monday evening conference foe Walnut Ridge will come to town for a set with the Tribe.

Ridgefield Christian

In a game not originally on the schedule, the Mohawks hosted Ridgefield Christian on Thursday, Dec. 8, in non-conference action. Coming off the loss at Cave City the previous week, the Tribe posted a strong second half and notched a 79-67 decision.

Playing for the first time in the friendly confines of the PHS gym, the Mohawks got off to a slow start and trailed 20-16 by the end of the first quarter. The Tribe responded in the second, outscoring their visitors 23-19 in the frame to pull to a 39-39 tie at the half.

The squad came out of the locker room hot in the third quarter, and outscored the Warriors 15-7 in the frame to take a 54-46 lead after three. Down the stretch they held-off the visitors 25-21 in the fourth, setting the final score.

Peyton Mann had a career-high 32 points to lead all scorers, including 12 in the second quarter and a 4 for 4 night at the free throw line. Trey Gossett finished with 16, scoring 8 of those in the first quarter, and Josh Lyman was also in double figures as he came off the bench and scored 13, including 7 points in the fourth quarter. Also scoring for the Mohawks were Brett Burns with 4, Brier Staples with 3 and Quentin Reeves with 2.

As a team the Mohawks were 12 of 18 from the free throw line, while the Warriors were 18 of 24 from the charity stripe. Leading Ridgefield Christian was Jackson Thompson with 19 points.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks had little trouble with the Warriors, as they took their game last Thursday by a final of 72-44. The young Mohawks jumped to a 22-6 lead after one, led 38-20 at the break and 58-31 going into the final frame in posting the win.

Michael Palmer led the way with 24, Jackson Henfling had 15, Cooper Harris finished with 13 and Holden Tarno scored 8 points. Rounding out the Piggott scoring were Ryker Little with 4, Nate Lemmons with 3, Tanner Dixon and Logan Ralph with 2 each and Ben Holcomb with a free throw. Josiah Cooper paced the Warriors in the loss with 17.


The following night the Mohawks traveled to Maynard and took on the Tigers, posting a 63-54 win. The Tribe rolled to a 20-11 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the home team came storming back in the second to take a 29-28 lead into the locker room at the break. The Mohawks responded in the third with a 20-18 performance, and outscored their hosts 15-7 in the fourth frame to set the final score.

Fuller was a force to be reckoned with on the night, scoring 19 for the Tribe in the win including a 6 point fourth quarter. Also in double figures was Quintin Reeves, who fouled out with 12, while Mann finished with 10 points, including two big 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Staples finished with 10 as well. Rounding out the Mohawk effort were--Gossett with 8 and Burns and Spencer Hardin with 2 each. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Dakota Lee with 29 points.


Monday night the Mohawks traveled to Pocahontas and dropped three games to the host Redskins, with the seventh grade, junior boys and senior squad all falling by wide margins.

The senior squad looked flat in their contest with the Redskins, falling behind 26-13 by the end of the first quarter. The hosts extended the lead by outscoring the Mohawks 17-10 in the second, as they enjoyed a 43-23 advantage at the halftime intermission.

The third quarter was more of the same, as the Redskins took the frame 20-10 to extend the lead to 63-33, and down the stretch the home team poured it on, 13-2 in the fourth to set the final score.

Only two Mohawks were in double figures on the night, as Mann finished with 13 points and Gossett had 11. Also scoring were Staples with 5, Fuller with 3, Reeves with 2 and Burns finished with a free throw. Leading the way for the Redskins was Clayton Hale, as he led all scorers with 21 points.

The junior Mohawks also had their hands full with the young Redskins, as they dropped a 59-16 decision. Top scorers for the Tribe were Henfling and Palmer, with 4 points each.

The seventh grade Mohawks also had a chance to hit the hardwood, cropping their game 30-15. The youngest of Mohawks were led by Cody Hooten with 6, while Bryon Poole finished with 5 and Ethan Ralph had the other 4 points in the loss.

The junior and senior boys will be back in action Friday night as they play host to the Highland Rebels at PHS, along with the junior girls. They'll also be in action at home on Monday, Dec. 19, as they host the Walnut Ridge Bobcats in conference play with the seventh grade, junior high and senior teams playing. The senior Mohawks will also be playing in the Hoxie Classic just after Christmas, with games set for Dec. 27 through 29.

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