Cougars Busy During Holiday Season
The Rector Lady Cougars dropped a pair of games in the past week, falling on the road at Melbourne Friday night then losing a non-conference game to Maynard Monday night in the RHSSHOF Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Classic Basketball Tournament. Tuesday evening they rebounded to beat Holcomb in the second night of tourney play at RHS, and they'll be in action later in the week in the second round of the NEA.
The Lady Cougars visited Melbourne Friday night along with the boys teams and fell to the highly ranked Lady Bearkatz (10-2/3-0) by a final of 67-28.
Monday evening they returned home for tournament play, but came up short 56-51 to the Lady Tigers—a team they had beaten in OT earlier in the month.
The Lady Tigers pushed to the early lead in the contest, leading 14-6 after one. The Lady Cougars responded in the second quarter, and trailing 27-25 at the break. Maynard extended the lead slightly in the third, taking the frame 14-13, and held on down the stretch for the five point win.
Sybill Howison led all scorers for Maynard with 19 while Lady Cougars Gabby Clark and Kena Parrish had 17 each.
The girls bounced back with a win over the Lady Hornets Tuesday evening, 55-43.
In the earlier game Monday night at RHS, the junior girls edged the Lady Tigers in their RHSSHOF contest 35-31 behind an 11 point night by Carly Rodden.
The Rector Cougars dropped a conference game at Melbourne Friday night, and fell at home to Maynard in the RHSSHOF Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Classic Basketball Tournament at Rector High Monday night. Tuesday they dropped a game to Marmaduke in the classic and later this week will be playing in the NEA tournament as the top seed in their division. Meanwhile, the junior boys remained undefeated although they weathered a scare at Melbourne.
The Cougars came out strong in their road game with the Bearkatz, leading 14-12 after one and stretching it to a 25-20 lead at the break and 45-33 going into the fourth quarter. But, the home team responded in the fourth quarter and came from behind to post a 60-57 decision. Leading the way was sophomore Ty Miller with 15, including eight points in the fourth quarter on eight-of-nine from the charity stripe.
Adam Romine paced the Cougars with 20, Max Ford was also in double figures with 10, Kale Hardin had eight, Drake Lindsey finished with six, Colton Lindsey had five and Ty Jones finished with four.
Monday night the Cougars took on Maynard shorthanded, and despite a late run fell 60-52 to the Tigers. The two teams played even in the first quarter, with Maynard up 13-12 after one. The Tigers outscored their hosts 14-6 in the second, as they took a 26-19 advantage into the locker room at the break. The third quarter also went to Maynard, as they took the frame 17-15.
But, late in the game the Cougars made a strong drive, and took the lead by one point mid-way through the quarter. But, following a Tiger timeout, Maynard reeled off eight unanswered pointgs as they edged to the win.
Ford and Romine both had 17 in the loss, with all of Ford's points coming in the second half, followed by Ty Jones with eight. Terren Mann and Dakota Lee each had 14 for the Tigers in the win, with Lee going six-for-six from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the junior boys squeaked out a 42-38 win at Melbourne, after going into the fourth quarter tied at 30-30. Trey Horton led the squad with 16, Kameron Jones had 10 points—all on free throws, and Cooper Rabjohn finished with nine.
Monday night the junior boys notched another win, beating Maynard 62-35 behind Rabjohn's 20 point night in tournament play at Rector High.
Tuesday evening the once-again shorthanded squad fell to Marmaduke 48-40 in non-conference action at RHS in the finale' of the RHSSHOF classic. Ty Jones led the way with 13.
The Cougars are now set for play in the NEA. They'll take on Cross County at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 22, and with a win will play again at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, with the opponent to be determined.