Cougars Remain Busy, Set for RHSSHOF and NEA

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Rector Cougars are leading the conference as they prep for tourney play. Tuesday evening they beat Marmaduke by 10, as they are now 4-0 in 2A-3. As for the girls, they fell to the Lady Greyhounds.

Cougars

The Rector Cougars beat BIC last Tuesday, swept Maynard on Thursday and dropped a non-conference game to Ridgefield Christian on Monday. Tuesday night they came from behind to cruise to a 50-40 rivalry win over Marmaduke. Meanwhile, the junior squad rolled through all four games as they remained undefeated.

The Cougars rode a big fourth quarter to a 43-40 win over the Mustangs last Tuesday at RHS. Erasing a 34-30 deficit with a 13-6 final period, they eased past BIC behind 10 points from Kale Hardin. Meanwhile, the junior boys had no problem as they won 49-33 to move to 5-0.

Thursday evening they played a non-conference set along with the girl's teams against Maynard. Jumping to a 20-4 lead after one, they took a 38-17 advantage into the locker room at the half and led 52-33 after three en route to the 68-45 victory.

Leading the way were Trey Rodden and Adam Romine with 16 each, while Hardin finished with 12 and Max Ford was also in double figures with 11.

As for the junior boys, they thumped the Tigers 57-24 to move to 6-0 on the season.

Friday evening the Cougars hosted Ridgefield Christian in non-conference play, and fell 51-48 on a late basket by Warrior Eli Stracener.

The two teams were knotted at 12-12 after one, with RFC taking a 29-20 lead into the break and a 43-33 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Ford had a big night with 23 points to pace the Cougars, while Rodden finished with 10.

As for the junior Cougars, they once again had little trouble keeping their record spotless as they won 51-43.

Tuesday evening the Cougars took on Marmaduke and swept the night. The senior boys came from behind, benefitting from 14 points by Hardin, for a 50-40 decision.

The junior boys were also too much for the 'Hounds, posting a 58-39 decision. The Rector junior boys are now 8-0 and 4-0 on the season.

Meanwhile, the senior squad moved to 7-3 overall, but remained unbeaten in 2A-3 play at 3-0. The Cougars are slated to visit Melbourne in conference play Friday night, and will be competing in the RHSSHOF Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Classic Basketball Tournament next week at RHS.

Lady Cougars

The Rector Lady Cougars posted a thrilling double-overtime win over Maynard last Thursday evening at RHS, then fell to Marmaduke Monday night in conference play. They're slated to be in action Friday night at Melbourne, along with the boys teams, and will take part in the RHSSHOF Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Classic Basketball Tourney next week at RHS.

In the contest with Maynard, the Lady Cougars took a 13-11 lead after one, and enjoyed a 21-16 advantage at the break. They remained up 34-27 entering the fourth quarter, but ended regulation tied at 42-42.

Battling into the first extra frame, the two squads ending the first OT tied at 48-48. In the second overtime period the Lady Cougars pulled away, and cruised to the 62-50 non-conference win.

Ellie Ford posted a career high 25 to lead the squad, with Kena Parrish scoring 18 and pulling down seven rebounds. Meanwhile, senior Gabby Clark had a double-double, with 14 points and 10 boards in the win. Rounding out the scoring were Colbie Robinson with three and Micheala Reints with two. As a team the Lady Cougars were 18 of 23 from the charity stripe---including a 10 for 10 by Clark and Ford in the extra frames.

In the early game, the junior Lady Cougars benefitted from late threes by Carly Rodden and Katy Isom, as they beat the Lady Tigers 33-28. Rodden, who finished with nine points, tied the game with less than a minute to play and Isom hit the go-ahead three with 21-seconds left in regulation. Madison Wolfenbarger had eight points in the win, while Morgan Garner had 11 blocks and five rebounds. As a team, the Junior Lady Cougars were 11 of 13 from the free throw line.

Monday night the Lady Greyhounds visited RHS and took home a 46-35 conference win. Marmaduke jumped to the early lead in the contest, and enjoyed a 22-6 advantage after one and 31-13 at the break. The Lady Cougars battled back in the third to cut it to a 38-28 score going into the fourth, and pulled to within four points late. In the loss, Clark and Parrish were both in double figures with 13 points each. With the loss the Lady Cougars fall to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in 2A-3 conference play while the Lady 'Hounds improve to 10-4 and 2-1.

In the early game the Rector Junior Lady Cougars got a double-double from Garner, as she had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 38-25 decision over the junior girls from Marmaduke.

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