RHS Hoops Teams in Action

Thursday, November 15, 2018
The scoreboard tells the tale, as Lady Cougars Kena Parrish and Ellie Ford make their way down the floor in Monday night's home win over Armorel.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Lady Cougars are 4-0 on the young season, while the boys squad split their first two games of the year.

Lady Cougars

The Rector Lady Cougars are off to a strong start under second year head coach Mitchell Weber, as they now stand at 4-0. Last week the squad posted non-conference wins over Gosnell, Corning and Marked Tree. Monday night they beat former conference mate Armorel.

Gosnell

In the contest at Gosnell, the Lady Cougars took the early lead and held-on for a 44-38 victory over the 4A school, never trailing. Leading the way was sophomore Kena Parrish with 13 points while senior Gabby Clark had 11 and freshman Ellie Ford was also in double figures with 10. Rounding out the scoring were Colbie Robinson and Mylesa Gant with three each while Sawyer Hendrix and Michaela Rients had two points each in the win. As a team, the RHS girls were 7 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Kaylee Miller led the Lady Pirates in the loss with 16.

The Rector junior girls also won, posting a 37-36 decision as eighth grader Carly Rodden hit a three-pointer with 22-seconds left. Leading the way scoring was Olivia Sutherland with 12 while Morgan Garner had eight, Kaley Isom has six, Carly Robinson had five, Rodden finished with three along with Madison Wolfenbarger.

Corning

The Lady Bobcats visited RHS last Tuesday, with the Cougars notching a 52-44 win in the varsity game. On the night Ford had the hot hand with 22, a career high, while Parrish had 11 and Clark had 10 points, pulled down seven boards and handed-out four assists. Meanwhile, Hendrix had four, Gant finished with three and Robinson had two in the win. As a team, the Lady Cougars visited the free thow line 27 times and converted on 17. Emma Russom and Katie Clifton had 12 points each to pace Corning.

The junior high game with the Lady Bobcats, as they edged the Junior Cougars 31-28. Wolfenbarger and Rodden led the Rector squad with nine each. Meanwhile, in the seventh grade game the Lady Cougars prevailed 25-17, with Chloe Baugh scoring 10, Katelynn Louvier had five, Mattie McClung had four and Kayeleigh Steward had six.

Marked Tree

The Lady Cougars visited Marked Tree on Thursday night, and cruised to a 59-37. Jumping to the early lead, the Rector girls led the Lady Indians 16-0 after the first quarter, and were never challenged. Once again, Parrish led the team in scoring with 19, Ford finished with 11 points and Clark had 10 in the win.

Armorel

The Lady Tigers visited RHS Monday evening, and suffered a 48-12 loss at the hands of the Lady Cougars. Jumping to an early lead, and featuring a stifling defense, the Rector girls held the visitors to an 11-6 score at the end of the first; led 24-9 at the break and 41-11 at the end of the third en route to the win.

Ford once again had the hot hand, scoring 15 in the win, while Clark had 13 and Parrish finished with seven points. Leading Armorel was Mayson Carr with eight.

The girls face conference foes in the next three games, visiting Salem Friday night, Sloan-Hendrix on Monday and visiting Riverside the Monday after Thanksgiving. They'll also be playing in the WBU tournament as the seven seed.

Rector Boys

The Rector Cougars began their 2018-2019 campaign Monday night with a pair of wins over Armorel, Tuesday evening they split with Corning.

Playing along with the girl's teams at RHS, the Cougars jumped out to early leads in both the junior high and senior games against Armorel, and cruised to the non-conference wins.

The varsity squad got a big first quarter from Max Ford, as he scored 10 of his 15 in the frame, to give the Cougars a 26-13 lead after one. Applying the defensive pressure, they pushed the lead to 42-18 by the halftime intermission.

The Tigers responded after the break, but still had no answer for the boys in blue, as the Rector lead stood at 55-30 entering the fourth quarter. With ample substitutions down the stretch, the host team posted the 74-54 win.

Trey Rodden led the squad on the night with 16, while Ford's 15 was also matched by Adam Romine. Also in double figures was senior Kale Hardin with 11 points in the win. Pacing the Tigers was Michael Ring with 15.

Junior Game

The Junior Cougars also took their contest, but had to weather a late push by the Tigers and issues with foul trouble. Taking a 19-6 lead after one, the Rector squad led 30-18 at the break and maintained a 39-29 advantage after three en route to the 48-41 non-conference victory.

Cooper Rabjohn led the team in scoring with 13, with Trey Horton close behind with 12 while Kameron Jones finished with nine, Lane Stucks had eight and John Hendrix had six points in the win. Jayce Fondren paced the Tigers with 19.

Tuesday evening both teams were in action at home against Corning, with the junior team posting a win while the senior boys came up short, and next Tuesday they'll travel to Imboden for a conference set with Sloan-Hendrix. On Nov. 27, they're scheduled to visit Riverside in conference play, and the senior team will be taking part in the WBU tourney as well.

Additional details may be found in the Nov. 21 edition of the CCTD.

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