Mohawks Host Bearkatz

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Piggott's Josh Lyman unleashes one of the three, three-point baskets he scored in the first quarter of last Friday's home win over Melbourne. Also pictured for the Tribe are Bret Fuller (3) and Quentin Reeves (13).

The Mohawks hosted the Melbourne Bearkatz last Friday with the senior boys pulling out the only win of the night.

Lady Mohawks

The Piggott Junior Lady Mohawks hosted the Lady Bearkatz of Melbourne Friday night, playing along with the two boy's teams, and dropped a 46-18 conference decision. Tuesday evening the girls took on the Riverside Lady Rebels in the first round of the 3A-3 conference tournament being played at Piggott High School, and were eliminated despite playing one of their better games of the season.

The Lady Bearkatz came out of the gate strong Friday evening, and held a 16-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Tribe slowed the Melbourne girls down somewhat in the second, but they took the frame 10-7 to take a 26-12 lead into the locker room at the half.

The 'Katz poured it on the young Mohawks in the third, extending the lead to 41-12 going into the fourth quarter. In the final frame the Tribe edged the visitors 6-5 to set the final score.

Top scorer for the Mohawks was Abbie Dutka with 5 while Madison Rahn and Claire Bellers both finished with 4, Taylor Seal finished with 3 points and Makayla Allman finished with 2.

Leading all scorers was Melbourne's Kate Shinn with 11. As a team the Lady Bearkatz were 11 of 13 from the free throw line, while the Lady Mohawks converted on just 1 of 3 from the line on the night.

Tuesday evening the girls ended their season with a 53-40 loss to Riverside, with Seal leading the team with 16 points in the loss. Additional details may be found in the Feb. 15 edition of the CCTD.

Boys Games

The Piggott Mohawks hosted the Melbourne Bearkatz in conference play Friday evening at PHS, and split a pair of games. The junior boys fell to their visitors in the early contest, with the Tribe handling the Melbourne squad in the late game.

In the varsity contest, Coach Seth Medlen shook-up his lineup prior to Friday night's home game against Melbourne, and the adjustments worked like a charm as the Tribe jumped out to an early lead, and were never threatened.

Junior Josh Lyman got the start at guard, and hit three three-point baskets in the first quarter to help the Tribe to a 20-14 lead after one.

The Bearkatz responded in the second quarter, and the two teams played fairly evenly the remainder of the frame, with the Mohawks enjoying a 36-29 advantage at intermission.

In the third quarter the Melbourne squad made a run, outscoring the Tribe 20-18 in the period to pull to within 54-49 going into the fourth quarter. And, down the stretch the bigger and stronger Mohawks were able to stretch the lead thanks to a 26-17 domination of the fourth quarter, to set the final.

"I was really pleased with the way the guys played in the Melbourne game. We played as a team, started the game inside-out and played that way the whole game," Coach Seth Medlen said of the effort. "Bret Fuller did a great job inside, Quentin Reeves did a great job of taking care of any misses, and getting the put-backs. They made shots, spread the ball around and played great together and I have no complaints whatsoever. Actually, it was fairly even scoring-wise, but everybody contributed in their own way and it's just so happens that two of them scored a lot."

Reeves led the Mohawks with 25 on the night, while Fuller finished with 19, Staples had 10, Lyman was also in double figures with 10, Gossett finished with 8 points and Mann had 5 points for the Tribe in the win. Jared Chaney led the Bearkatz on the night with 26.

As a team the Mohawks were 17 of 24 from the charity stripe, while the Bearkatz converted on 6 of 7 free throws.

The junior Mohawks suffered a loss at the hands of the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz last Friday.

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