Tribe Drops Pair on Senior Night to Corning

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Piggott Mohawks closed out the regular season home schedule with senior night activities. In the early game the Lady Mohawks made the most out of a bad situation, using the occasion for a good cause. In the nightcap, the Piggott boys hung tough but faded late to the visiting Bobcats.

The Piggott Mohawks observed senior night for the class of 2018 on Thursday, Feb. 8, as they hosted the Corning Bobcats. Prior to the start of the early game the lone senior on the girls team, Regan Ralph, was recognized.

The early game between the Lady Mohawks and the Lady Bobcats had all the markings of a lopsided Corning win, as the PHS girls were only dressing five players due to illness. As a result, Coach Melissa Hopkins and her staff decided to make the game a fundraiser for the Hannah Blankenship Memorial Scholarship Fund.

What transpired was still a lopsided Corning win, as they took the contest 102-49. But, in the process hundreds of dollars was raised for the scholarship fund, thanks to donations by local organizations for each three-point basket made.

For the record, the two teams combined for 43 made three-pointers, including 29 by the Lady Bobcats and 14 by the Tribe. For each of those three-pointers, four dollars was donated to the fund in memoryof the number Hannah wore while a member of the Lady Bobcats. An additional story on the effort may be found elsewhere in this edition.

Leading the Lady Mohawks on the game was Taylor Seal with 20, including six three-pointers; Abby Dutka with 18, all on three point baskets, while Regan Ralph and Madison Rahn each had a trey in the loss. Kaytie Manatt paced the talented Lady Bobcats with 26 points in the win.

Boys Game

The Piggott Mohawks hosted Corning for senior night 2018 on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Bobcats came to town to complete the home-and-away conference series. On the night, senior Brier Staples had a big game for the Tribe although the squad faded late and fell by a final score of 64-57.

With a large crowd of partisains in attendance, the two teams squared-off in what turned out to be a tightly contested battle until the final minutes. With seniors Staples, Josh Lyman, Quentin Reeves, Brett Burns and Carrington McDaniel getting the start the two teams played fairly even through the first quarter. After one, the Bobcats led 19-16.

The Tribe turned up the pressure in the second quarter, matching the visitors basket-for-basket. Staples added six more in the frame, including three for four from the free throw line, and Lyman added a timely three-pointer as they pushed to a four point lead late in the first half. But, the Bobcats would get a buzzer beater from beyond mid-court by Clint Hovis as the second quarter drew to a close, as they pulled to within one, 31-30 at the break.

The third period was more of the same, as each team answered when the other would score. In the third quarter Staples added eight more points to his tally, including four out of four free throws, as the Tribe tied the game at 46-46 entering the fourth quarter.

Stepping up for the Bobcats in the fourth quarter was Drew Stormes, as he hit a pair of key three-pointers and went six for eight from the charity stripe in the frame. The other Corning players were four of five from the free throw line in the quarter as the Mohawks were forced to foul, helping to insure the conference win.

In addition to the 23 points for Staples, which led all scorers, Lyman finished with 9 points while Burns, Reeves and Hardin all had six points each in the loss. Hovis paced the Corning offensive effort with 17. As a team the Mohawks were 10 of 12 from the free throw line, while the Bobcats converted on 14 of 26 attempts.

The other seniors recognized prior to the games were players Matthew Lochard and Spencer Hardin along with cheerleaders Sydney Risinger, Haley Zacek, Georgina Bautista and Madison Pool.

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