Cougars Win FNB Battle of the Border
The Rector Cougars took on Ridgefield Christian Saturday night at Corning, as the two conference foes faced-off for the championship in the First National Bank Battle of the Border boys bracket. Meeting the Warriors for the third time this season, after losing the first two contests, the Cougars took the title by a final score of 56-52. The brackets included the RHS boys, along with the Lady Cougars and both Piggott Mohawk teams, although the boys in blue were the only squad to advance into the winner's bracket.
The Piggott Lady Mohawks took on the top seeded Maynard Lady Tigers in the first game of this year's tourney Wednesday afternoon, which was delayed two days due to winter weather. The contest went to the Lady Tigers 69-32, moving the Lady Mohawks into the consolation bracket. Pacing the Tribe on the game was Brielle Burkman with 16 while Taylor Seal was also in double figures with 10.
Also in the girls bracket Wednesday, the Lady Cougars fell to the Westside Lady Warriors 46-42, despite a strong late run by the RHS girls. Leading the way for the RHS girls was Gabby Clark with 15 points. The other girls first round game saw Sloan-Hendrix advance over the Campbell Lady Camels 54-24.
In the boys bracket, the Cougars drew the Soutland Rebels in the first round, and pounded the team from Cardwell, Mo., 69-25. Leading the way for RHS was Sam Simmons with 11 points, as the bench got plenty of playing time.
In the other boys first round game, the host Corning Bobcats suffered a mild upset as the fell to Ridgefield Christian 75-75.
Thursday evening the Lady Cougars and Lady Mohawks squared-off in the consolation bracket, with the RHS girls coming from behind to post the win 53-42. The Piggott squad jumped to the early lead on the Lady Cougars, leading 15-13 after one, and 28-27 at intermission. But, the RHS girls responded in the third, taking the lead 40-37 after three, en route to the win.
Leading the offense were Clark and Mylesa Gant with 16 each for the Lady Cougars, while Madison Rahn had 13 and Abby Dutka finished with 10 for the Tribe in the loss.
In the boy's bracket Thursday evening, the Piggott Mohawks took on Ridgefield Christian and came up short despite a late run 53-48. The Warriors took advantage of a cold-shooting Mohawk team early, jumping to a 14-5 lead after one quarter. The Tribe battled back to cut the lead to 28-17 at the break, and trailed 34-27 after three. Brier Staples paced the Tribe with 13 points while Trey Gossett finished with 12 points in the loss.
Meanwhile, the Campbell Lady Camels edged Hayti 57-51 to advance, while in the boy's bracket it was Maynard over Soutland 86-30 in the consolation bracket.
On Friday evening the Cougars punched their ticket to the final with a 69-57 win over Maynard. Leading the way for RHS was Max Ford with 23 while Kirk Beshears finished with 17. In the other boys game Friday evening, the Mohawks fell to Corning 73-55, setting their bracket spots for Saturday's consolation games. Quentin Reeves paced the Tribe with 14 while Gossett finished with 12 for the Mohawks. In girls action on Thursday, top seeded Maynard pounded Westside 70-34 and the host Lady Bobcats beat Sloan-Hendrix by a final of 69-54 in the winner's bracket.
This set up Saturday's finals, which began at noon with the the Lady Mohawks taking on Hayti in the consolation bracket, and falling by a final of 47-38. Leading the way for the Mohawks was Dutka with 15 points on the game.
The Lady Cougars took on Campbell in their consolation game, and were nipped at the buzzer 34-32 by the Lady Camels. Gant led the effort with 12 points on the game. In the other consolation game, Sloan-Hendrix beat Westside 53-40.
The Mohawks took on Soutland in their consolation game, beating the Rebels easily by a final of 67-21. In the other boy's game, it was Corning over Maynard 61-51 for third place.
In the girls championship game, the host Lady Bobcats fell to the Maynard Lady Tigers by a final score of 68-63.
With a large crowd in attendance, the Cougars and Warriors squared-off Saturday night to determine the boy's championship. Coming out of the locker room with the hot hand, the RHS boys jumped to the early lead and enjoyed a 12-8 advantage after the first quarter. The Warriors battled-back in the second, with the Cougars taking a 21-20 lead into the half. The third quarter also went to RFC, as they took a 38-37 lead into the fourth quarter. But, the third time was the charm for the boys in blue, as they held on for the four point win.
Scoring in double figures for the winners were Beshears with 18, Ford with 16 and Jordan Wilson with 11 points. Alex Burnett paced the losers with 20.
In the other final, the top seeded Maynard Lady Tigers handled the host Corning Lady Bobcats by a final score of 68-63 to take the girl's title.