Cougars Split Games in RHSSHOF

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Ellie Ford launches a three in action against Holcomb.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The second night of the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Classic was held Tuesday evening at RHS, and provided hoops fans with an entertaining evening of basketball action. In the first game of the night the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds rained threes on the Maynard Lady Tigers en route to a 74-53 victory. Next, the host Lady Cougars played through a cold third quarter, pulling away late for a 55-43 win over the Holcomb Lady Hornets. In the nightcap the Cougars and Marmaduke Greyhounds hooked up for the second time this season, with the visiting 'Hounds coming out on top 48-40 over the shorthanded host team.

At halftime of the last game of the night, the plaque ceremony for the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was held. This year's recipients are Jim Speer, Hannah Parsley-Rudi and Jimmy Greenway. Speer and Rudi were in attendance, with Kelley Scobey representing Greenway.

Lady Hounds Roll

The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds rolled into RHS Monday night and put on a long-distance shooting clinic, dropping trey's on the Maynard Lady Tigers from all corners. The MHS girls hit on 13 of 18 beyond the arc in the first half as they sprinted to a 51-30 advantage by the break.

Slowing the game down in the second half, they connected on three more from distance. Leading the way was Johnna Rae Baine with 23 points, including five three-pointers while Angel Johnson added five more three's as she contributed 21 points and Reesa Hampton had a double-double with a dozen points while handing-out 15 assists in the win. Sybell Howison led the Lady Tigers with 22 points in the loss.

Lady Cougars

The Rector girls took on Holcomb's Lady Hornets Tuesday evening, and despite a rough period early in the second half, cruised to the 12 point win. Both teams were a bit cold in the early going of the non-conference game, with RHS easing to an 8-3 lead after one. The Lady Cougars pushed the advantage to 23-15 by halftime, but saw the lead evaporate early in the third as Holcomb tied the game at 23-all.

The teams battled throughout the remainder of the quarter, with the Rector girls holding on to a 33-30 lead after three quarters.

Down the stretch Lady Cougar Ellie Ford took over the game, scoring 14 of her game-high 32 points in the frame. Kena Parrish also played a hand, as she scored eight of her 18 points on the night in the fourth quarter in pushing to the win. Otherwise the Lady Cougar offense had a quiet night.

Leading the way for the Lady Hornets in the loss was Bailey Cupples with 16 points.

With the win the Lady Cougars move to 7-8 overall, but are still 0-5 in conference play. They were scheduled to take on Manila in the NEA Tournament Friday, but due to an early press date details were not available for this week.

Boys Game

Meeting for the second time in a week, the Rector Cougars took on the Marmaduke Greyhounds in the final game of the classic. The prior Tuesday the 'Hounds had visited RHS and left on the short end of a 50-40 decision. This time the Cougars were short two starters, as they were without the services of Trey Rodden and Kale Hardin due to injury. The result of a flip-flop of sorts, as the Greyhounds notched a 48-40 non-conference win.

Without the services of Rodden, and his long-distance shooting, and Hardin's presence in the paint, Cougar forward Max Ford tried to shoulder the load, leading to early foul trouble. The outside threat of Adam Romine was also diminished by Rodden's absence, and he was limited to a single field goal—coming in the third quarter of play.

Getting off to a strong start, the Greyhounds led 18-12 after one. The Cougars increased the defensive pressure in the second, and outscored their visitors 10-6 in the frame to cut the Greyhound lead to 24-22 at intermission. Following the long-than-usual break due to the halftime ceremonies, both teams were limited to single digits in the third with Marmaduke squeaking out a 7-6 advantage to take a 31-28 lead into the fourth.

Late in the third Ford picked up his third personal foul, then drew a technical for foul number four. He went to the bench at this point and did not return.

Down the stretch the 'Hounds got five points each from Billy Elder and Bradley Horton, while Cougar senior Ty Jones scored five of his team-high 13, as the Greyhounds took the frame 17-12 to set the final score.

In addition to Jones' 13 points for the Cougars, Ford and Drake Lindsey had nine points each, the latter all on three-pointers; and Evan Dooley had seven points, including five free-throws in a row in the second half. For Marmaduke, Elder finished with 20 and Horton had 12 in the win. On the night six different Greyhounds scored, and four of those made three-point baskets.

With the loss the Cougars fall to 7-5 overall and remain 4-1 in conference play while Marmaduke improves to 11-6 and 3-2 in 2A-3 play.

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