Cougars Fall to Bay, Beat Mohawks in Rivalry Contests
The Rector Cougars swept the Piggott Mohawks in boys basketball Saturday afternoon at RHS, in a set of games postponed from earlier in the year due to the football playoffs. The night before the Cougars lost their first conference game of the year, falling at home to Bay by double digits. Tuesday evening they bounced-back with a win over Sloan-Hendrix in 2A-3 play.
The Cougars and the Yellowjackets hooked-up Friday night at Rector High, with the visitors pushing to a 68-48 win. Limited to single digit scoring in the first quarter, the Cougars trailed Bay 22-9 at the end of the first quarter, and faced a 42-23 deficit.
The Yellowjackets extended the lead to 59-35 by the end of the first quarter, then held-on for the 20 point win.
Leading all scorers was Rector's Adam Romine with 19, while Kale Hardin and Max Ford had nine each and Ty Jones and Trey Rodden each finished with five. Dax Gibson led the winners with 16.
In the earlier game, the Rector junior squad led 14-12 after one, and 23-20 at the half, but faded late for a 44-37 loss. Leading the RHS effort was John Ford Hendrix with 10 while Kameron Jones had nine and Lane Stucks finished with eight in the loss.
The Cougars rebounded from the conference loss on Friday, and pushed to a 75-63 non-conference win over the Mohawks Saturday afternoon. Getting off to a strong start, the home team led 19-10 by the end of the first quarter, and enjoyed a 32-24 advantage at the half.
The Tribe made a strong showing in the third, cutting the Couger lead to nine by the end of the third—after trailing by as few as seven in the frame.
Down the stretch the home team pushed it to a 12 point lead, thanks in part to a big fourth quarter from the charity stripe. In the fourth quarter the RHS squad was 16 of 17 from the free-throw line, including a 12 for 12 performance by Ford, as they posted the eight point win.
Ford led all scorers with 23, with all of the points scored in the second half. Hardin had 20 for the winners while Rodden and Romine had 13 each. As a team, the Cougars were 22 of 26 from the free throw line on the night.
Holden Tarno led the Mohawks with 17 points, with 15 scored in the fourth; Braden Ralph had 13 and Trey Gossett was also in double figures with 10 while the Tribe got quality performances from Isaac Langley, Cooper Harris and Ryker Little off the bench. As a team, the Mohawks converted on 14 of 24 trips to the free throw line.
In the earlier game, the junior Cougars prevailed by a final score of 56-39. Leading the way for the home team were Trey Horton, Jones and Stucks with 11 points each. Pacing the Mohawks was Nate Brantley while Ethan Ralph had nine and Brandon Palmer scored eight in the loss.
Tuesday evening the squads swept the Greyhounds of SH at Rector High, and with the win the Cougars move to 9-8 overall and 5-2 in conference. They'll host the Riverside Rebels for homecoming Friday evening.