Mohawk Boys and Girls in Action
The Piggott Mohawk basketball teams continue to struggle in the early season, as conference and non-conference play continues.
The Piggott Lady Mohawk basketball squad continues to develop under new head coach Laura Brantley, and on Monday evening the Tribe came up just short in conference play at home with Manila.
Thursday evening they're scheduled to visit Gosnell in 3A-3 play.
The PHS girls made a good showing Monday evening against the visiting Lady Lions, holding their ground throughout the contest before fading late and falling by three points. Showing good point production in the first, something which has been an issue early in the campaign, the Lady Mohawks trailed by a basket, 18-16, at the end of the first quarter.
The two teams battled throughout the second, with the Lady Lions extending their lead to three points by the intermission, as they enjoyed a 28-25 advantage at the break.
The third period was also a back-and-forth affair, as Manila maintained a two point lead going into the fourth quarter, up 38-36. Mid-way through the quarter the Lady Mohawks tied the game, and for much of the final period they swapped the lead with their visitors.
Trailing by three points late in the game, Sassy Rahn scored on a lay-up to cut it to a 50-49 advantage with less than a minute to play. Forced to foul to stop the clock, the Lady Lions made their free-throws when it counted most, as they held on for the 52-49 conference win.
Abby Dutka led the Tribe with 16, including four three-pointers on the night; Claire Bellers finished with 12, and was two-for-two from the charity strip and Rahn had 10 points and was six-for-eight from the free throw line. Rounding out the scoring were Brielle Burkman with six, Shae Hewitt with three and Ryleigh Laden had two points. As a team the Lady Mohawks were nine of 15 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, the Lady Lions were paced by Brailey Hampton with 14.
The junior high game also went to the visitors, as the Lady Mohawks fell 44-14. Scoring four points each for the Tribe in the loss were Grace Hooten, Alyssa Manor and Trinity Allen.
In addition to Thursday's road games with the Lady Pirates, the Tribe is scheduled to visit Trumann on Monday for a conference set with the Lady Wildcats with all teams in action.
The Piggott Mohawks visited Marmaduke for a non-conference set with the Greyhounds the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and split the pair of games. Tuesday evening they dropped a lopsided game to Manila in conference. Meanwhile, Thursday night's games at Rector have been postponed as the Cougars advanced in the WBU tourney to the semi-finals.
The senior boys got off to a slow start at Marmaduke, and found themselves in a 21-6 hole by the end of the first quarter. Battling back in the second frame, they cut the lead to eight by the break as they trailed 27-19.
Swapping baskets throughout the third quarter, the 'Hounds maintained the eight point lead going into the fourth quarter as they enjoyed a 40-32 advantage. Making a strong fourth quarter push, the Tribe outscored the Greyhounds 19-17 in the frame as they set the final score at 57-51 in favor of Marmaduke.
Leading the Mohawk scoring was senior Trey Gossett with 16 points, including a five for seven night at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, post man Ryker Little had 14 points, including 10 in the second quarter, and Cooper Harris was also in double figures with 12 points and was three for four from the line. Leading all scorers was Marmaduke's Billy Elder with 22.
As a team the Tribe was 10 of 14 from the charity stripe while the Greyhounds converted on 17 of 19 attempts.
In the junior high game, Piggott's Ethan Ralph erupted for a game high 31 points as the Mohawks cruised to a 57-37 win. Also in double figures for the Tribe was Shawn-Hudson Seegraves with 12 points.
Tuesday night the Tribe visited Manila and fell to the Lions by a wide margin. Stats and finals may be found in the next edition of the CCTD. The Mohawks are also scheduled to host the Gosnell Pirates Friday, Nov. 30, in conference play and they'll host the Trumann Wildcats next Tuesday, Dec. 4.