RHS Squads Host Senior Night, Set for Tourney Action

Thursday, February 7, 2019
During the annual Rector High School basketball senior night observance on Friday, members of the Cougar basketball teams, band and cheerleading squad were recognized. Afterward, they gathered for a group photo. Those on hand included, from left: Front-Sawyer Hendrix, Gabby Clark, Colbie Robinson, Shianne Rients, Ashlyn Mills, and Makenna Speer. Back Julie Walker, Evan Dooley, Kale Hardin, Ty Jones, Drake Lindsey, Trey Rodden, Colton Lindsey, and Jade Green.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Cougars solidified their second-place finish in conference last Wednesday, posting a 48-40 win over Salem in a contest which had been postponed earlier due to weather. Friday night the squad tuned-up with an easy win over CRA as they marked senior night at RHS. They now await their first round opponent in the district tourney at BIC, but as the second seeds the boys in blue have already nailed-down a spot in the upcoming regional—which is being held at Rector.

CRA Game

The Cougars got off to a slow start in their senior night contest with the Falcons, and trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. But, the remainder of the game was all Rector, as the host team outscored their visitors 19-8 in the second to take a 29-21 advantage into the break.

The boys in blue extended their lead in both of the final quarters, outscoring the Falcons 20-12 in the third and 13-7 in the fourth to set the final score of 62-40.

Leading the way on the night were Drake Lindsey and Adam Romine with 14 each while Kale Hardin and Max Ford each had 12, Trey Rodden finished with eight and Evan Dooley contributed two points in the win. Top scorer for CRA was Will Layne with 14.

On the downside, late in the contest Rector senior Ty Jones went down with an arm injury and on Monday he verified it was broken and his season is over.

As the second-seeds in the 2A-3 district at BIC, the Cougars earn a bye to the semi-finals, set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Marmaduke and Salem meet in the first round Monday night at 6, with the winner taking on Sloan-Hendrix on Tuesday. The winner of that game will draw the Cougars, although they have already qualified for the regional round.

In the top half of the bracket, Melbourne takes on Riverside Monday night with the winner to meet BIC on Tuesday evening in the quarterfinals. The winner of that game will take on top-seeded Bay in the other semi on Thursday evening. Both district finals are Friday evening at BIC, with the boys championship game set to tip-off around 8:30.

Lady Cougars

The Rector Lady Cougars split a pair of non-conference games to close out the regular season last week. On Thursday night they visited Maynard and came up on the short end of a 64-28 decision to the Lady Tigers. Friday night they marked senior night with a win over county rival Piggott at RHS. They're slated to take on Salem Monday night at 7:30 in their first round district tournament game at BIC.

Maynard

The Rector girls went cold in their contest at Maynard, limited to single digits in the first half of play as they trailed 30-9 at intermission en route to the loss. The only Rector player in double figures on the night was Ellie Ford with 10. But, on the bright side the junior girls took their contest 37-29.

Piggott

The Cougars marked senior night Friday at RHS, with the four members of the class of 2019 on the team introduced during the pre-game. Coming out cold once again, the Rector girls trailed 10-5 by the end of the first quarter.

But, they responded in the second quarter with a 15-7 advantage in the frame, as the home team took a 20-17 lead into the break.

The final two quarters were also dominated by the hosts, as they outscored the Lady Mohawks 21-6 in the third and 17-11 in the fourth as they posted the win.

Leading all scorers was Kena Parrish with 25 while senior Gabby Clark had 14, Ford finished with 13 and senior Colbie Robinson contributed four points to the win. The Lady Mohawks were paced by Madison “Sassy” Rahn and Abby Dutka with 10 each.

With a win over Salem in the first round of the district, the Lady Cougars will advance to take on third-seeded Marmaduke at 7:30 Tuesday. A win in that game would earn them a spot in the semi-finals, and a showdown with the second-seeded Riverside Lady Rebels at 4:30 on Thursday. The girls final will be played at 7 p.m. Friday at BIC.

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