Mohawk Junior Girls Advance, Boys Fall in District Action

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Junior Lady Mohawk Claire Bellers shoots in action from earlier this season at PHS.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Junior district tournament play began Monday, with both the Mohawk squads in action in the 3A-3 at Hoxie. In the early game the Lady Mohawks clawed-out a one point win over Manila to advance, while the junior boys also faced the Lions, and ended their season in a lopsided loss.

Junior Girls

The young Lady Mohawks battled Manila in their first round game, and won what could only be descibed as a one-sided free throw shooting contest by a final of 39-38. Paced by Claire Bellers with 25 points, the squad pushed to the early lead and then held-on down the stretch to earn a berth in the second round.

The Tribe came out strong in the first quarter, and took a 10-8 lead after one. The Lady Lioins responded with a good second quarter, as they took a 20-18 lead into the locker room at the half.

Making adjustments, the Mohawks responded in the third by taking the frame 12-6, giving them a 30-26 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

And, the advantage proved to be just enough, as the Lions outscored the Mohawks 12-9 in the fourth to set the final score.

“They had their chance late, down by two and shooting a pair of free throws,” Coach Melissa Hopkins explained. “But, the girl missed the first one and we were able to hold on.”

To put the situation into perspective, the Lady Lions only scored six field goals the entire game, but were 22 of 44 from the free throw line. They were paced by Sadie McDonald with 13.

As for the Lady Mohawks, in addition to the 25 from Bellers, Grace Hooten scored 6, Maddie Reeves and Emma Langley had 3 each and Alyssa Manor had 2 points in the win. On the night, the Tribe converted on 13 of 21 trips to the charity stripe.

With the win the Lady Mohawks advance to the second round, and a showdown with the top-seeded Hoxie Lady Mustangs. The game will be played at 4 p.m. Thursday in the new gym at Hoxie High School.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks also drew Manila in their first round game, and dropped a 55-15 decision to the potent young Lions. Getting off to a slow start, the Tribe was down 22-5 after one and trailed 41-9 at the break. The Lions stretched the lead to 44-15 after three, and held the Mohawks scoreless in the fourth en route to the win.

Ethan Ralph and Joey Staggs had 4 each; Cameron Collier and Austin Fair finished with 3 each and Shawn-Hudson Seegraves contributed a free throw in the loss. As a team the Mohawks converted on 6 of 14 from the free throw line.

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