Weber, Lady Cougars Begin New Era
A new era for Lady Cougar basketball began Monday evening, as former RHS standout Mitchell Weber began his first season as head coach. Weber was named to replace Matt Dean earlier this year, after the former Cougar head man left for a position at Greene County Tech.
With two young, but enthusiastic, squads Weber and the Lady Cougars began the campaign with a home set against the 4A Gosnell and gained a split.
Both senior teams started slow in Monday night's varsity contest at RHS, with the Lady Pirates pulling to a 17-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Defensive pressure in the second hampered the Lady Cougars, although they were able to slow the Gosnell attack as well. Winning the frame 9-4, the Rector girls cut the lead to 21-17 by the halftime intermission.
Gosnell adjusted at the halftime break, outscoring their hosts 16-8 in the third period to take a 37-25 lead into the fourth. Down the stretch the Rector girls outscored their visitors 8-4, but it was too little too late.
Gabby Clark led the Lady Cougars with 14 points on the night, while Gosnell's Z'Kiah Kuykendall had 16 to lead all scorers. Clark was also 4 for 14 from the free throw line, while as a team the Lady Cougars were 7 of 18 on the night from the charity stripe.
Also scoring for RHS were Sawyer Hendrix with 5, while Kera Parrish, Alexis McKnight, Shianne Rients, Colbie Robinson and Mylesa Gant each had two points in the loss.
In the early game, the Junior Lady Cougars held on down the stretch for a 30-25 non-conference victory.
With both teams showing significant early season rust, the Rector girls took a 5-4 lead after the first period. Both teams scored seven points in the second quarter, as the Junior Lady Cougars enjoyed a 12-11 halftime advantage.
Following the break it was more of the same, as both teams scored nine points in the third quarter as the score stood 21-20 entering the fourth. In the final frame Alysa Gant scored all of her five points in the game, and Ellie Ford had two of her team-high 11, as the Rector girls held on for the win.
Rounding out the Cougar scoring were Olivia Sutherland and Morgan Garner with 4 each while Kaley Isom and Carly Rodden finished with a three-point basket each in the win.
Gant was 3 for 4 from the free throw line, while Ford was 2 for 3 from the line. As a team they combined for 5 for 9 from the charity stripe in the win.
Both squads were back in action Tuesday evening in non-conference play at Corning, but were swept by their hosts. Thursday evening they're slated to begin conference play against Marked Tree at RHS and next Monday, Nov. 13, the squads are scheduled to visit Armorel to take on the Lady Tigers.