Basketball Mohawks in Action

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Piggott senior Trey Gossett in action against the Rector Cougars in the recent contest at RHS. Pictured for Rector are, from left: Adam Romine, Kale Hardin and Evan Dooley.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Both Mohawk hoops teams posted wins in the past week, as they battle toward the end of the regular season.

Lady Mohawks

The Piggott Lady Mohawks were busy in both regular season and tourney action in the past week. In the First National Bank Battle for the Border, at Corning High School, they dropped a 65-38 non-conference game to Walnut Ridge, after trailing 27-19 at the half.

In consolation bracket play, they took on the Sloan-Hendrix JV team and came out on top 57-34, led by Claire Bellers with 28 and Sassy Rahn with 12. This earned them a spot in the seventh place game Saturday against Armorel, which was called due to the weather.

Monday night they made the trip to Walnut Ridge to complete the conference schedule with the Lady Bobcats and came out on the short end of a 58-41 score.

Despite the final, the Tribe got off to a strong start at Walnut Ridge and took a 16-5 lead by the end of one. The host team responded by taking the second quarter 18-9, as the Lady Mohawks enjoyed a 25-23 lead at the break.

In the second half the Lady Bobcats went on a run, outscoring the Tribe 17-7 in the third to take a 40-32 lead into the fourth. In the fourth quarter they edged the Lady Mohawks 18-9 to set the final.

Bellers was once again top scorer for the Mohawks on the night with 16 while Abby Dutka was also in double figures with 10.

In the early game the host Lady Bobcats rolled over the young junior Lady Mohawks 46-28.

In the contest at Corning on Wednesday, the Lady Mohawks beat Armorel 49-37 to take fifth place. Bellers paced the squad 18 while senior Brielle Burkman finished with 12 for the Tribe.

The Lady Mohawks are scheduled to visit Osceola on Thursday and will host Corning Monday night. They'll visit Rector on Friday, Feb. 1, and will close out the regular season on Monday, Feb. 4, with senior night as the Rivercrest Lady Colts visit PHS.


The Piggott Mohawks fell in conference play last Tuesday at Trumann, dropping a 65-42 contest to the Wildcats. The home team dominated throughout the contest, pushing to a 20-6 lead by the end of one and enjoying a 36-16 advantage at intermission en route to the 3A-3 win.

The only Mohawks in double figures on the night were seniors Trey Gossett and Braden Ralph with 10 points each.

Thursday evening the Tribe was in action at Corning in the First National Bank Battle For the Border tournament, as they fell to Walnut Ridge in a non-conference game. The Mohawks tried to keep it close in the first half, as they trailed 27-19 at the break, but the Bobcats pushed the lead to 46-28 by the end of the third as they eased to the win.

The loss pushed the Mohawks into the third-fourth place game on Saturday with the host Bobcats, but that game was cancelled due to the weather.

Tuesday evening the Tribe hosted Walnut Ridge for homecoming, and behind a big night by senior Isaac Langley, beat the Bobcats 59-51. In addition to Langley's 21, senior Trey Gossett had 17 and junior Holden Tarno had a strong game on defense. Friday night they'll host the Osceola Seminoles at PHS. They're also slated to visit Corning on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in conference play. The squad now stands at 3-19 overall and 2-11 in conference play.

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