Rector Hoops Teams Remain Busy
The Rector Cougars are seeded one and two in their division in the upcoming NEA Basketball Tournament. The boys are the top seed in Division I, and get a bye in the first round. They'll play the winner of the Palestine-Wheatley and Cross County game at 1:30 on Dec. 22. With a win they'll advance to play at 4:30 on Dec. 27 against the winner of the Mammoth Spring-CRA game.
The girls are the two seeds in their division, and will play seventh seeded Marked Tree at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15. With a win they'll take on the winner of the Manila and EPC game at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 21.
In a change this year, losers will move into the consolation bracket with those games being played at Brookland.
In action this past week, the Rector Cougars fell in the semi-finals of the Williams Baptist University High School Tournament last week, losing to the eventual champions from Tuckerman. For the second year in a row, and third in five years, the boys in blue brought home the sportsmanship award for this year tourney and two players were named to the all-tournament team.
The Cougars had advanced in the first round with a 40-39 win over Pocahontas, then drew the potent Bulldogs in the second round of play. Despite 18 points each for Trey Rodden and Max Ford, the Cougars fell 74-52. Rounding out the scoring were Ty Jones with five, Drake Lindsey with four, Colton Lindsey with four and Evan Dooley and Adam Romine with two each. Ben Keton led the Bulldogs with 18 in the win.
Tuckerman wrapped up the title Friday with a 68-37 win over Marmaduke, led by Keton and Bomani Roberson with 14 each while Andy Agee had nine for the 'Hounds in the loss.
In addition to garnering the sportsmanship award for their play, Cougars Rodden and Ford were also named to the all-tournament squad.
The Cougars hosted BIC in conference play Tuesday evening at RHS, and swept the Mustangs with the senior squad coming from behind.
The Rector Lady Cougars split a pair in conference Monday night at RHS to Buffalo Island Central. In the early game the junior girls jumped to a big lead, then weathered a late drive, to notch the win. In the varsity contest the Rector girls fell behind early, and despite a strong fourth quarter, dropped a two point decision to the Lady Mustangs. Both squads will be back in action Thursday evening at Rector High, as they host Maynard in non-conference play.
The senior squad looked rusty in the early going of their contest with BIC, and trailed 18-10 by the end of the first quarter. Both teams scored nine in the second, giving the Lady Mustangs a 27-19 advantage at the break. The third quarter was also dead even, as both teams scored 12 points in the frame.
Making a run in the fourth quarter, they battled back to take the lead late in the contest. But, BIC made the needed free-throws late, as they held on for a 46-44 win despite being outscored 13-7 in the fourth.
Gabby Clark led the Rector girls with 15, including five in the fourth quarter, while Kena Parrish finished with 14 and Ellie Ford had 12 in the win. Haddyn Hurst led all scorers with 22, and had a eight-for-eight night at the charity stripe. As a team BIC converted on 14 of 16 attempts from the free throw line while the RHS girls were 10 of 14 from the line. With the loss the Rector girls fall to 4-5 overall and 0-3 in 2A-3 conference play.
In the early game, the junior girls won a low-scoring affair 25-14 after leading 16-4 in the third quarter. With both teams shooting cold from the floor, the score stood at 8-2 Rector after one and 10-4 Lady Cougars at the break. After extending the lead to 16-4, the Lady Mustangs pulled close as the Rector girls outscored them 11-10 in the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Cary Rodden had eight for the Rector girls in the win, while Madison Wolfenbarger had seven points—all in the fourth quarter.