SH downs Piggott in tourney action

Thursday, January 16, 2003

SENATH, MO - The Senath Hornersville Lions came out sluggish, but got on track late in the second period to down the Piggott Mohawks, 69-54, at the Senath Hornersville Invitational Tournament Thursday night.

The fourth seeded Lions (5-4) were down 13-8 to the fifth seeded Mohawks (1-12) at the end of the first period. SHHS was down by eight, 28-20, before putting together an 8-0 run to close out the half and even the score at 28.

Piggott hit the first bucket of the second half to go up 30-28. It would be the last lead the Mohawks would have. The Lions went on an 11-3 tear to start the third quarter and never looked back.

"We are just not very good shooters," said Piggott coach Bobby Lewellen. "We missed too many easy shots. We were getting good looks under the basket and just couldn't get them to fall."

"They were just whipping us on the boards," Lewellen continued. "They did well against our zone."

"This was our first game in two and a half weeks," said SHHS coach Shane Benson. "It took us a while to get things going again. We were trying to rebuild our strength."

Ryan Skelton led the Lions with 22 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Jerrad Duffel posted a double-double for SHHS with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Landon Small added 12 points and Justin Williams grabbed 10 boards.

Jared Vaughn notched a double-double for Piggott, putting up identical numbers to Duffel with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Moody contributed 14 points for the Mohawks.

Piggott handily defeated Ridgefield Christian by 26 points in the consolation game. Scoring was not available at presstime.

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