Mohawk Hoops Teams in Action

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Cooper Harris watches, as Brier Staples drives for a basket against the Maynard Tigers.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Both the Mohawk boys and girls teams have been busy since the holiday break, and both will be playing in next week's tourney at Corning.

The Piggott Mohawks swung into the new year in the past week with a set of home games. Thursday night they hosted Maynard and notched a non-conference win, and the following night they fell at home to Melbourne in conference play. Monday evening they dropped a non-conference tilt to Ridgefield Christian at PHS—a team they're slated to meet again in tournament play next week at Corning. Tuesday they dropped a set at Corning and Thursday night the Tribe will host Hoxie for homecoming.


The Mohawks weathered a late run, and got a big game from Trey Gossett, as they beat Maynard 72-66 last Thursday. The Tribe trailed the Tigers 18-17 after one, and 35-33 at the halftime break. But, they came out hot in the third, and took a 50-49 lead into the final frame.

Gossett led all scorers with 21 while Josh Lyman contributed 12 and Quentin Reeves was also in double figures with 11. Dakota Lee and Terren Mann each had 14 for the Tigers in the loss.


The following night the Tribe hosted Melbourne in league play at PHS, and the visitors took advantage of a couple of dozen favorable calls to notch the 68-64 win. In the early going the two teams played even, with the Mohawks enjoying a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bearkatz responded in the second frame, and took a 35-34 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The visitors took a lead into the fourth, and then spent most of the quarter at the charity stripe as the Mohawks were whistled for a number of fouls. In fact, in the deciding fourth quarter the Bearkatz scored 20 of their 22 points at the free throw line. For the record, they shot a total of 41 free throws on the game—converting on 29 of those opportunities.

Lyman had 20 points for the Mohawks, with 18 of those coming on three-pointers, while Brier Staples finished with 14 and Gossett had 13 in the loss.


Monday night the Mohawks hosted Ridgefield Christian in non-conference play, and fell by a final score of 82-58. Earlier in the season the two teams met at Jonesboro, with the Warriors pulling out an overtime victory. Monday night they jumped to a 24-17 lead after the first period, were up 39-29 at the break and maintained a 55-44 lead going into the fourth quarter.

As a team the Warriors converted on 17 of 30 trips to the free throw line, while the Tribe was 9 of 16 from the line. Leading the Mohawks on the night was Reeves with 13 points while Staples was also in double figures with 10.

Tuesday evening the Tribe dropped a 65-54 decision to the Corning Bobcats, with the junior high squad losing a 53-11 decision.

The Tribe will host Hoxie this Thursday, Jan. 11, for homecoming. Next week they'll be playing in the First National Bank Battle for the Border tournament at Corning. They'll once again take on Ridgefield Christian in the first round, with the contest set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Mohawks will face the host Corning Bobcats in the second game, set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. The following day they'll be back in action at Corning, with the contest time and opponent determined by the results of the earlier games. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the boys games are set for 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Lady Mohawks

The Piggott Lady Mohawks have remained busy since the new year's holiday, playing both conference and non-conference foes. Thursday they dropped a non-conference decision to Maynard, and the following night fell at home to Melbourne in blended-conference play. Monday night they were edged in a game to Ridgefield Christian at home. Tuesday evening the squads visited Corning along with the boys teams, and split a pair with the Lady Bobcats in conference action.


The Tribe hosted the always-tough Lady Tigers of Maynard last Thursday, falling 66-28 to their visitors. Maynard outscored the Tribe 17-4 in the first, and 17-10 in the second enroute to the win.

Leading the Lady Mohawks on the night was Brielle Burkman with 11 points.


The Tribe returned to the friendly confines of the PHS gym Friday night for conference action with Melbourne, and dropped a 61-21 decision to the Lady Bearkatz.

Melbourne outscored their hosts 24-4 in the first and 19-7 in the second, to take a 43-11 lead by the half and were never contested in the second. Leading the way for the Tribe was Taylor Seal with 8 points in the loss.


Monday night the Lady Mohawks hosted Ridgefield Christian in non-league play, and despite a late run they dropped the contest by a score of 44-31. The Lady Warriors outscored their hosts 13-8 in the first quarter, and led 22-10 at intermission. They expanded the lead to 31-24 by the end of three and held-on down the stretch for the win.

Seal had 12 in the loss for the Tribe, while Burkman was also in double figures as she finished with 11.

Tuesday night they visited the potent Lady Bobcats of Corning, falling 77-25 in the varsity game and winning the junior high contest 32-30.

Weather permitting, the PHS girls are scheduled to be back in action Friday night as they host Hoxie at PHS. They are also playing in the First National Bank Battle for the Border Tournament at Corning, and are slated to take on the Lady Tigers of Maynard once again at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. With a victory they'll move into the winners bracket, and will play the winner of the Rector-Campbell (Mo.) game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. With a loss they'll move into the consolation bracket, and will play the loser of the Rector-Campbell game at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. Corning, Westside, Sloan-Hendrix and Hayti (Mo.) round out the bracket.

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