Beshears Shines as Cougars Beat Hillcrest for Homecoming
In a contest rescheduled from earlier in the month due to winter weather, senior Kirk Beshears enjoyed the spotlight Monday night, as he paced the Rector Cougars to their 15th win of the season against the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles. Prior to the contest Beshears was crowned homecoming king, and he followed that up with a double-double for the boys in blue, scoring 28 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the 63-51 conference win.
The following night the Cougars hosted Marmaduke, along with the girls, and beat the 'Hounds on a last second basket to secure the blended conference regular season championship.
With a large homecoming crowd in attendance, the two teams squared-off in what would be a tightly contested game. Finding success early, the Screamin' Eagles pushed to the early lead, but the Cougars responded late in the first with a run which saw them take a 15-14 lead after one.
The second quarter was similar, although several big three point baskets by the RHS boys gave them the edge in the frame 19-16, as they took a 34-30 lead into the locker room at the break.
The third quarter was also very close, as neither team could find an advantage. Edging their visitors 21-17 in the frame, the Cougars enjoyed a 55-47 advantage entering the fourth.
Down the stretch both teams found scoring difficult, although Hillcrest began to show signs of fatigue. Outscoring the Eagles 8-4 in the fourth, the home team held on for the win.
In addition to Beshears double-double, Max Ford had 15 points, including four-for-four from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
In the early game, Kameron Jones led the Junior Cougars with 12 points as they beat Hillcrest 40-17. The RHS squad raced to a 10-4 lead after one, were ahead 17-8 at the break and 27-14 after three en route to the win. Also contributing for the Cougars were John Ford Hendrix with 9 and Lane Stucks finished with 8 points in the win.
The Cougars took on Maynard Thursday, Jan. 25, and split a pair of games with the senior boys winning and the junior boys falling in OT.
Facing the familiar Tigers once again, the Cougars poured in 15 points in the first quarter to take a 15-11 lead after one. Showing great consistency, the boys in blue added 18 points in the second, third and fourth quarters. As for the Tigers, they scored 13 in the second, as they trailed 33-24 at the break, but outscored the Rector squad 22-18 in the third, as the score stood at 51-46 after three.
But, the Cougars held on down the stretch and outscored the Tigers 18-13 in the fourth to set the final score.
Ford had the hot hand on this night, scoring 22 points, including four three-point baskets. He was also solid at the charity stripe during crunch time, making 6 of 6 free throws in the fourth to help preserve the win. Also in double figures for the Cougars were Kale Hardin with 11 and Jordan Wilson with 10.
In the early game, the Junior Cougars and Junior Tigers went to overtime with Maynard pulling out the 45-42 win. Leading the Cougars on the night was Trey Horton with 15 while Jones finished with 12 and Hendrix had 8 points in the loss.
Tuesday night Beshears was once again the man of the hour, as he hit a contested layup with just seconds to play giving the Cougars a 46-45 win over Marmaduke. The victory ensures them a top seed in the upcoming district tourney.
With the wins the Cougars improve to 16-7 overall and 6-4 in conference play.