PHS Basketball Teams See Action

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Abby Dutka (15) looks on as Lady Mohawk Claire Bellers launches a three point shot in Monday night's home loss to Walnut Ridge. It was the first varsity game played on the newly-refurbished floor.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Both Mohawk basketball teams saw action in the past week.

The Mohawk boys team fell at Trumann last Tuesday evening in conference play, then notched an exciting double-overtime win at Hoxie on Friday. It marked the first win under new head coach Chris Brantley. Tuesday evening they dropped a game at Walnut Ridge in 3A-3 conference play.

In action at Trumann, the Tribe fell behind early and could never recover as they were edged by a final score of 76-62. The junior high also dropped their contest, losing by a final of 70-44.

Friday evening the Mohawks visited Hoxie, and posted their first win of the year in a thrilling 83-81 double-overtime victory. The Mustangs took the advantage early, and led 21-19 by the end of one. The Tribe outscored their hosts 11-6 in the second, as they took a 30-27 advantage into the break.

Hoxie pushed back in the third, although the Tribe led 40-35 going into the fourth quarter. The host squad battled back to tie the game at 62-62 at the end of regulation, and the score remained knotted at 68 at the end of the first OT. But, the Tribe squeaked out the win in the second overtime period, as they posted the two point win.

Leading the way was senior Isaac Langley with 20 while Cooper Harris had 19, Holden Tarno finished with 17 and Braden Ralph was also in double figures with 12 points. As a team the Mohawks were 18 of 34 from the free throw line.

With the win the Tribe moves to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in 3A-3 conference play.

In the early game the junior boys continued to struggle as they dropped a 45-18 decision to the Junior Mustangs.

In addition to Tuesday night's road games at Walnut Ridge, the Mohawks will host Osceola this Friday and the Corning Bobcats next Tuesday, Dec. 18. Late next week they're scheduled to travel to Kentucky where they'll be playing in the Trigg County Christmas Tournament in Cadiz. Their first round opponent on Thursday, Dec. 20, is Adair County.

Coach Brantley is from this area of Kentucky, and played high school ball at Crittenden County High School. He reports the Mohawks will be playing two games on Thursday, and another on Friday, before returning to Northeast Arkansas for the holidays. Other teams in the bracket include Hickman County, Houston County, St. Mary and the host Trigg County Wildcats.

Lady Mohawks

The Piggott Lady Mohawks hosted Walnut Ridge in conference play Monday night at PHS and dropped a pair of games. It marked the first contests played on the new floor, as it was resurfaced late last week. Tuesday night they earned their second win of the season, visiting Armorel and beating the Lady Tigers.

In the varsity contest, the Lady Bobcats were carried by sophomore Bailey Augustine as she scored 39 of their points en route to a 49-45 win over the Tribe. She was also 17 for 23 from the free-throw line, as the visitors were 18 of 27 from the charity stripe on the night.

The Tribe jumped to a narrow lead after one, taking a 12-10 advantage, and continued to hold a margin going into the break with a 21-10 lead at intermission. Walnut Ridge responded with a 15-12 third quarter, as they took a 35-33 lead into the final frame as they notched the win.

Abby Dutka led the Mohawks with 15 and Sassy Rahn was also in double figures with 12. Rounding out the scoring were Claire Bellers and Brielle Burkman with seven each while Shae Hewitt finished with four points in the loss. As a team the Lady Mohawks were a dismal four of 12 from the free throw line.

In the early game, the junior Lady Bobcats took an early lead and cruised to a 57-38 win over the Tribe. As with the Walnut Ridge senior team, they depended on one player for the bulk of the offense as Chloe Davis finished with 40 points. Meanwhile Grace Hooten had 13 for Piggott while Haley Seal finished with nine and Alyssa Manor had eight.

The biggest disaprity was once again at the free throw line, as Walnut Ridge visited the stripe 47 times and converted on 24 attempts while the Lady Mohawks were just four for 21 from the line.

Tuesday's road game at Armorel was a successful trip, as the Tribe battled to a 45-32 win as they move to 2-6 and 1-4.

The Tribe was slated to visit Osceola on Thursday and Corning on Monday in 3A-3 conference action.

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