Cougars Post Win over Tribe in Rivalry Game

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Rector's Jordan Wilson puts up a long three-point attempt in last Thursday's Cougar win over the Mohawks. Also pictured are, from left: Brier Staples (2) and Cooper Harris (12) for the Mohawks, and Hunter McNeely (2) for the Cougars.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Cougars rebounded from a disappointing loss to Sloan-Hendrix in the WBC tourney with a rivalry win over the Piggott Mohawks on Thursday, Nov. 30. The host team took the seventh grade contest 32-23, with the Cougars prevailing in the junior high and senior high games.

Looking for their second win of the season, the Cougars made the short trip to Piggott for the non-conference set. As for the Mohawks, they were playing their first games of the season after reserving much of the month of November for a possible run into the state football playoffs.

With a packed house of partisain fans in attendance, the two teams battled closely for most of the contest with the Cougars pulling away late for a 60-47 decision.

Neither team enjoyed success early, as tough defensive play limited the two squads to a combined 10 points in the first quarter. Leading 6-4, the Cougars tried to pull away in the second, but only outscored their hosts 16-15 in the frame as they took a 22-19 halftime advantage. Following intermission, the two teams resumed the battle, with the Cougars once-again enjoying a 16-15 edge in the period.

Down the stretch the Cougars rode a wave of three-point baskets, and a perfect night at the charity stripe, to the win—outscoring their hosts 21-13 in the fourth.

Leading all scorers on the night was Cougar senior Kirk Beshears with 17, including a 7 for 7 night at the free throw line. Also in double figures were Kale Hardin with 12 and Jordan Wilson with 10. Leading the Mohawk offense in their debut was senior Brier Staples with 15, while Josh Lyman finished with 9 and Trey Gossett and Quentin Reeves had 8 each in the loss.

As a team the Cougars were a perfect 17 of 17 from the free throw line, while the Mohawks converted on just 7 of 14 attempts.

In the earlier games, the Mohawk seventh grade team rolled 32-23 to the only win of the night for the hosts. Later, the Cougar junior squad edged their hosts 44-36. Leading the winners on the night was Kameron Jones with 15, while Brandon Seal led all scorers with 19 for the Tribe in the loss.

Monday night the Cougars took on Ridgefield Christian at home, and fell 64-57. They're slated to visit CRA tomorrow night, Friday, Dec. 8, and will visit the Marmaduke Greyhounds next Thursday, Dec. 14.

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