Mohawks Busy in Regular Season Play
The Piggott Mohawks split a pair of conference games in the past week, falling to cross-county rival Corning last Monday at PHS then beating Hoxie on the road on Thursday. Meanwhile, the junior squad took both of their games. Both squads were scheduled to be in action Tuesday night at home against Pocahontas, although final scores and stats were not available as of press time.
A large crowd was on hand last Monday night at PHS, as the Mohawks and the Corning Bobcats renewed their long-time rivalry. In the early game the junior Mohawks withstood a late rally by the Bobkittens to earn the win, but the varsity squad was dominated in the nightcap and fell 87-50. The late game also proved to be one of the most physical contests in recent history, resulting in at least one serious injury.
In the early going of the senior contest it appeared the Mohawks had the measure of their visitors, as a pair of Quinten Reeves baskets, and a Trey Gossett field goal, gave the Tribe the early 6-0 lead.
Cole Woodard finally answered for the visitors with a field goal, then added two more around a Reeves basket, cutting the score to 8-6 in favor of the Tribe.
The two teams swapped baskets throughout much of the first, but the Bobcats went on a 10-0 run late in the frame as they enjoyed a 26-19 lead after one.
The Bobcats continued to shoot hot in the second quarter, outscoring the Tribe 23-16 in the period, as they took a 49-35 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Mohawks had possession to begin the second half, and got a field goal from Gossett. The Bobcats then went on a 10-0 run in the third, as they outscored their hosts 30-8 in the period.
Down the stretch both teams went to the benches, and the resulting 8-7 advantage for the Bobcats in the frame set the final score.
Throughout the game the officials allowed the two rivals to play at will, which resulted in a broken nose, and concussion, for one of the Bobcats. Another was also helped from the floor after a collision with Piggott's Bret Fuller, but later returned.
Nathan Bass led all scorers with 18 for the Bobcats, as he was 7 of 7 from the floor. Reeves paced the Tribe with 14, while Gossett finished with 9, Staples had 8, Josh Lyman finished with 5, Brett Burns had 4, Bret Fuller had 3 and Isaac Langley had 2 points in the loss.
The Piggott Junior Mohawks downed Corning 46-39 in the early contest last Monday at PHS. The squad, playing in their first game of the new year, came out a bit rusty--but pushed to a 7-3 by the end of the first quarter. The two teams played even at 9-9 in the second, giving the Tribe a 16-12 lead at the break.
The Mohawks continued to dominate in the third quarter, taking the frame 13-8 to take a 29-20 lead into the fourth quarter. The final frame was a high scoring affair, with Corning outscoring their hosts 19-17 in the period, although it was too-little, too-late.
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Jackson Henfling with 18, including a three-for-three night from beyond the three-point arc. Meanwhile, Cooper Harris and Ben Holcomb had 10 each, Michael Palmer finished with 7 and Ryker Little had a free throw. As a team the Mohawks were 16 of 23 from the charity stripe, while the Bobkittens visited the line 9 times and converted on 4 of those attempts.
Leading scorer for Corning was Rylee Grubb with 10.
Monday evening the Mohawks travelled to Hoxie and took on the Mustangs for the third time this year, beating their conference foes 61-42. Sophomore guard Trey Gossett had the hot hand on the night for the Tribe as he scored 21 points in the win.
Coming off the loss to Corning the senior squad got off to a slow start at Hoxie, and stood tied at 9-9 with the Mustangs after one. The Tribe responded in the second with a 16-10 performance, as they took a 25-19 into the locker room at the break.
In the second half the Mohawks adjusted, and the scoreboard showed the difference. After being held to 4 points in the first half, Brier Staples scored 10 points in the second half, and after being shut-out in the first two frames, Bret Fuller erupted for 11 points in the second half of play, despite going 3 for 7 at the free throw line.
Rounding out the Mohawk scoring were Peyton Mann with 7, Brett Burns with 4 and Quentin Reeves and Carrington McDaniel with 2 each. As a team the Mohawks were 9 of 20 from the charity stripe while the Mustangs converted on 8 of 16 attempts. Top scoring honors for the hosts was shared among six players who each scored 6 points.
The Junior Mohawks took their game at Hoxie Monday evening by a final of 47-39, despite being outscored in both the second and third quarters.
The Tribe got off to a quick start in the conference contest, and held an 18-12 lead by the end of the first. The Mustangs took the second quarter 7-6, as the Mohawks took a 24-19 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the locker room to start the third, the Mustangs made a run and took the frame 12-4, giving the hosts a 31-28 advantage entering the fourth quarter. But, the young Mohawks responded both offensively and defensively in the fourth quarter, taking the frame 19-8 to set the final score.
On this night Michael Palmer was the top scorer as he finished with 17, and also in double figures were Henfling with 12 and Harris with 11. Rounding out the effort were Ben Holcomb with 6 and Ryker Little with a free throw.
As a team the Mohawks were 11 of 19 from the charity stripe, while Hoxie was 6 of 14 from the line. The Mustangs were paced by Tracer Keeling with 15 points in the loss.
Both teams were slated to be in action Tuesday evening at PHS as they were scheduled to host Pocahontas. They'll also be in action Friday evening at PHS, as they host the Cave City Cavemen for basketball homecoming. Next Tuesday the boys are scheduled to visit Walnut Ridge in conference play and on Friday, Jan. 27, they'll be on the road at Highland in a three game set with the Junior Lady Mohawks.