RHS Basketball Update

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Lady Cougar freshman guard Ellie Ford handles the ball in recent action at RHS, as senior Gabby Clark (left) trails the play.
TD photo/Tim Blair

As the season begins to wind down, both Rector Cougar basketball squads have remained busy.

Cougar Boys

The Rector Cougars fell to league-leading Bay last week, then solidified their second place standing with a 10 point win over BIC on Friday. Tuesday evening they beat Salem and Friday evening they'll visit Marmaduke for a key 2A-3 contest. Meanwhile, the junior boys continued to roll through conference play with three wins.

Bay Games

The RHS boys visited Bay last Tuesday and came up on the short end of a 47-38 decision to the Yellowjackets. Wasting no time, the host team pushed to an 18-11 lead by the end of the fist, and increased the advantage to 26-17 by the break. The boys in blue hung with their hosts in the third, cutting it to a seven point lead at 37-30 going into the fourth. Continuing to take advantage of the early lead, Bay took the fourth quarter 10-8 to set the final.

On the night the Cougars were led by senior Trey Rodden with 12 points.

In the early game the junior Cougars posted an impressive 43-34 win behind 17 points from Kameron Jones.

BIC Games

Back on the road last Friday, the Cougars made the trip to Monette to take on the Mustangs of BIC. With three players in double figures, led by Rodden's 20, the RHS boys pulled away late for the win.

Playing even in the early minutes, the two teams were tied at 17-17 at the end of one. In the second the Cougars enjoyed a narrow advantage, as they took a 31-29 lead into the locker room at the half.

Maintaining the three point lead in the third, the two teams went into the fourth quarter with Rector up 45-42. But, down the stretch the Cougars outscored their hosts 12-5 in the final frame to set the final at 57-47.

In addition to Rodden's double-figure performance, sophomore Max Ford had 14 and senior Kale Hardin had 11 points.

In the early game the junior Cougars had little trouble as they notched the 34-26 win behind 15 by Cooper Rabjohn.

In Tuesday evening's game at RHS, the senior boys rolled over the Greyhounds 56-48, while the junior boys needed multiple overtimes to notch the conference win.

With the split, the senior Cougars move to 12-9 overall and 8-3 in 2A-3 conference play while Bay continues to hold the lead at 18-9 overall and 10-1 in confernce. Third is Sloan-Hendrix at 13-13 and 6-6 while Marmaduke stands fourth at 15-11 and 5-5.

In addition to the Marmaduke games, the Cougars will host Melbourne on Tuesday, Jan. 29 for the final conference set of the year. On Friday, Feb. 1, they'll mark senior night as they host Crowley's Ridge Academy at RHS.

Lady Cougars

The Rector Lady Cougars came up short in conference play at BIC last Tuesday, Jan. 17, dropping a seven point loss to the Lady Mustangs. Monday evening's contest with Salem fell victim to the winter weather and pushed back to Tuesday, as the girls posted a narrow win, and Thursday evening they're slated to make the short trip to Marmaduke for a 2A-3 set with the Lady 'Hounds.

The contest at Monette was close throughout, although the host team led at each break. Playing fairly even in the first, the Lady Mustangs were ahead 9-7 by the end of the first, and enjoyed an 18-17 advantage at intermission. Swapping baskets in the third, the lead remained at one going into the fourth quarter with BIC up 30-29. But, in the final frame the Lady Cougars were outscored 10-4 to set the final score at 40-33.

Leading the RHS girls on the night was freshman Ellie Ford with 13 while senior Gabby Clark was also in double figures with 10 points.

In the early game the junior Lady Cougars got a 10 point night from Madison Wolfenbarger as they cruised to a 31-19 win.

Tuesday night Kena Parrish made a pair of free throws with less than 20 seconds remaining, as the girls posted a 48-47 conference win over Salem. Clark paced the squad with 16, Ford had 14 and Parrish finished with 10 in the win.

The Rector girls now stand at 11-10 overall and 2-7 in conference, ahead of Salem (0-8) and behind BIC (3-6).

Thursday evening the Lady Cougars were slated to visit Marmaduke in conference play, and Monday night they'll host Melbourne in 2A-3 play. Next Wednesday they're slated to make up a conference game at Salem, and on Thursday they'll visit Maynard. On Friday, Feb. 1, they'll host the Piggott Lady Mohawks for senior night in a twin-set with the boys as they host CRA.

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