Cougar Hoops Teams in Action
Both Rector Cougar basketball teams were in action in the past week, with the boys slated for non-conference play Thursday evening.
The Rector Lady Cougars dropped their first round game in the 59th annual Williams Baptist College Tournament on Saturday, falling to the sixth-seeded Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs by a final score of 59-22. The RHS girls had entered the bracket as the 11th seed.
Jumping out to an early lead, Tuckerman held a 16-6 advantage after the first period. They extended the lead to 38-14 by the break and 56-21 after three.
The Lady Cougars were led on the day by Mylesa Gant with 11 points, while Michaela Rients finished with 8, Gabby Clark had 2 points and Shianne Rients finished with a free throw to her credit.
Natalie Shelton led all scorers with 17 for the Lady Bulldogs, while Jordyn Lane scored 13 and Taylor Hulett was also in double figures with 12 points on the game.
The Tuesday before Thanksgiving the Lady Cougars visited Sloan-Hendrix with the boy's teams, and dropped the set to the Lady 'Hounds. The junior game went to the hosts 32-29, while the varsity contest went to the home team 48-15.
Lady Greyhound Abbey Vance had 10 points to lead all scorers, as Sloan-Hendrix coach Marty Moore got his 500th career win. Leading the Lady Cougars was Gabby Clark with 7 points. With the losses the Lady Cougars fall to 1-6 and 0-2. The RHS girls are scheduled to host Ridgefield Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and will visit Hillcrest on Friday, Dec. 8.
The Rector Cougars took on the Greyhounds of Sloan-Hendrix twice in the past week, splitting the pair of games. On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the boys visited the Greyhounds in regular season play along with the girls team and rolled to a 53-38 decision. Saturday they faced-off again in the Sutherland-Mabee Center in the Williams Baptist College Tournament, with the 'Hounds posting a 68-63 win to advance.
In the contest last Tuesday the Cougars enjoyed a hot hand in the first quarter, jumping to a 17-7 lead, although they were outscored 16-14 in the second. The RHS squad also won the third, 10-8, and used good defense to seal the win with a 12-7 advantage in the fourth quarter to set the final.
Saturday at WBC it was the Greyhounds with the early advantage, as they took a 17-13 lead into the second, which stood until the halftime break. The Cougars outscored the 'Hounds 19-11 in the third quarter, but were outscored 39-31 in the fourth.
Leading all scorers on the game was Cougar senior Kirk Beshears with 33, while Hunter McNeely and Max Ford finished with 9 each, Kale Hardin had 6 and Jordan Wilson, Hunter Householder and Sam Simmons finished with 2 points each in the loss.
Three of the Greyhounds finished with double figures, including Jacob Smith with 18, Jordan Dail with 17 and Hunter Stallings with 13 points.
With the losses the Cougars fall to 1-4 overall, and are now 0-2 in conference play. They'll be back in action Thursday evening at Piggott High School as they're slated to visit the Mohawks for their season opener. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, they're slated to host Ridgefield-Christian at RHS and on Thursday, Dec. 8, they'll make the trip to Paragould to take on Crowley's Ridge Academy.