RHS Basketball Squads Remain Busy

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Rector's Sam Simmons (22) pulls down a rebound during the recent home game with Cooter. Also pictured for the Cougars are Kirk Beshears (23) and Hunter Householder (5).
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Cougars met the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds for the third time this year Friday night, and gained the 2-1 split with a 61-56 win. But, the task was anything but simple as the Cougars were forced to battle back in the fourth quarter to notch the victory.

The two familiar foes swapped baskets for much of the first half, with the Cougars squeaking out a 28-26 advantage by the halftime break. The 'Hounds went on a run early in the second half, though, and took a 49-45 lead into the fourth.

But, the boys in blue were up to the task and outscored SH 16-7 in the fourth to set the final.

Four players were in double figures for RHS, including Max Ford with 17, Kirk Beshears with 13 and Kale Hardin with 10. Jordan Dail paced the Greyhounds with 18 in the loss.

In the early game, the crowd was treated to an old fashioned barn-burner, as the two teams went into overtime with the junior 'Hounds pulling out a 48-41 decision.

The Cougars dropped a game at home to Ridgefield Christian in conference play Tuesday evening, and will be playing host to Hillcrest Friday night for homecoming if the weather permits. Next week they'll be playing in the First National Bank Battle of the Border at Corning High School. The Cougars are the two-seed in the gold pool, along with Maynard and Southland (Cardwell, Mo.) The black pool consists of Corning, Piggott and Ridgefield Christian.

Rector will take on the Southland Rebels at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15. They'll also be playing Maynard at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. The team will also be playing Saturday, Jan. 20, with the time and opponent to be determined by the earlier games.

Lady Cougars

The Rector Lady Cougars split a pair of home games with the Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds on Friday, Jan. 5. In the varsity contest the SH girls prevailed by a final score of 43-23, after jumping to a 20-10 lead by the halftime intermission.

Colbie Robinson paced the Lady Cougar offensive effort with 7 points in the loss.

In the early contest, Ellie Ford scored 11 points as the junior Lady Cougars squeaked by the SH squad 33-32.

Tuesday evening the squads took on Ridgefield Christian. In the senior girls contest, the Lady Warriors went on a 16-4 run late to come from behind for a 38-34 win.

Next week the senior team will be taking part in the First National Bank Battle of the Border Tournament at Corning High School. The Lady Cougars are the fourth-seeds, and will be taking on fifth-seeded Campbell (Mo.) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the first round. With a win they'll advance to the winner's bracket, and will play the winner of the Maynard-Piggott game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. With a loss they would move into the consolation bracket, and would face the loser of the Piggott-Maynard game at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The teams in the lower half of the bracket include Sloan-Hendrix, Hayti, Mo., Westside and Corning. All four of the finals will be played on Saturday, Jan. 20, with the seventh place game at noon; consolation championship at 1:15; third place game at 3:45; and girls championship game at 6:15.

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