Tribe Tames Tigers, Weathers Warriors But Falls to Bobcats
The Piggott Mohawks rolled into January with a pair of non-conference wins in the past week, as they notched sweeps over Maynard at home and Ridgefield Christian on the road. Friday evening the boys were scheduled to visit Melbourne, but the adverse weather forced a postponement. Tuesday evening the Tribe hosted cross-county rival Corning and dropped a lopsided loss.
The Mohawks faced the Maynard Tigers for the third time this season, and the second time in just seven days, last Thursday at PHS and powered to a 78-37 victory. Paced by Peyton Mann with 18, the Tribe had three players score in double figures in a contest which was never in doubt.
Both teams had success in the early going, with the Tribe enjoying a 28-21 advantage after the first quarter. Taking advantage of a strong trap game, they extended the lead to 43-25 at the break by outscoring their visitors 15-4 in the second quarter.
The third and fourth quarters also went to the Mohawks, as they held the Tigers to single digits in both frames, 21-9 and 14-3, to set the final score.
In addition to 18 points from Mann, which included two three-pointers, Quentin Reeves had 15, with 12 of those points coming in the first quarter, and Brier Staples finished with 10. Rounding out the Mohawk scoring were Carrington McDaniel with 7, Josh Lyman with 5, Brett Burns, Trey Gossett and Braden Ralph with 4 each, Isaac Langley had 3, Bret Fuller finished with 2 as did Matt Lockard.
Leading the Tigers in the loss was Dillon Vinson with 11 and Dakota Lee with 10.
As a team the Mohawks shot a dismal 5 of 16 from the charity stripe, while the Tigers converted on 2 of just 5 trips to the line in the loss.
The Mohawk junior squad easily handled the Tigers in their contest, beating Maynard 64-19 in their second meeting of the year. The Tribe enjoyed quarter leads of 24-6, 40-13, and 54-19 en route to the victory. The junior boys also had a productive night at the charity stripe, converting on 15 of 27 attempts, while the Tigers were 6 of 11 from the line.
Jackson Henfling had a huge game for the Mohawks, as he finished with 23 points, and Michael Palmer was also in double figures with 10. Trace Toy led the Tigers in the loss with 7 points.
The Mohawks traveled to Jonesboro Monday, and took on Ridgefield Christian in the second of the home-and-away series. And, as it was in the earlier meeting the Warriors put up a strong fight, as the Mohawks posted the five point non-conference win by a final of 82-77.
The first half of the contest went to the home team, as they outscored the Mohawks 19-17 in the first quarter, and 17-14 in the second, as Ridgefield Christian enjoyed a 36-31 advantage at intermission.
But, Coach Seth Medlin made adjustments during the break, and the Mohawks came out of the locker room and outscored their hosts 24-16 in the third to take a 55-52 advantage into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter the two teams battled to a near stalemate, with the Mohawks outscoring their hosts 27-25 in the frame to preserve the victory.
Free throw shooting once again played a key role, as the Mohawks converted on just 17 of 30 attempts while the Warriors were 16 of 22 from the stripe.
Leading the way for the Mohawks were Mann and Reeves with 16 each, while Gossett and Staples were also in double figures with 15 and 10 respectively. Rounding out the Mohawk scoring effort were Fuller with 9, Burns with 8, Lyman with 6 and McDaniel with 2 points. John Scholtens paced the hosts with 25 points, including 11 in the key fourth quarter.
The Junior Mohawks posted a 60-38 win over Ridgefield Christian in the early game, led by Palmer with 20 points on the game. The Tribe took an 11-7 lead after one, extended it to 23-14 by the break and led 40-24 at the end of the third quarter en route to the victory. In addition to Palmer's 20, Henfling and Ben Holcomb finished with 13 each, Cooper Harris had 5, Tanner Dixon finished with 4 and Logan Ralph had 3 points. Leading the way for the Warriors was Noah Stracener with 15 points.
The junior boys won their contest with the Bobcats, while the Tribe fell by a wide margin. Complete details may be found in the Jan. 18, edition of the CCTD. Both squads are slated to visit Hoxie today, Thursday, Jan. 12, and will host Pocahontas at PHS next Tuesday, Jan. 17. Next Friday, Jan. 20, they're scheduled to host Cave City at PHS in the Mohawk basketball homecoming game for this season.