Thursday, November 30, 2006
Bearcats split with Hendrix
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Rust College teams, playing in their first game of the season on the home court, split with the Warriors and Lady Warriors of Hendrix.
The Lady Bearcats had already played a road game and had participated in a non-regulated game against LeMoyne-Owen of Memphis on Founders’ weekend. They had lost to the Lady Magicians in that game.
The speedy guard for the Lady Bearcats, Helen Wright, appeared to be as quick and agile as she was last season. She put Rust on the board first with a trip to the free throw line, making one. DeAnna Allen, the other guard, popped a trey on her first touch of the ball and the Lady Bearcats were off and running with a 4-0 lead.
But the Lady Warriors made some noise of their own and stuck nine unanswered points with Tori Huggins leading the hit parade. They kept up the barrage and midway through the first period were up 18-13. Rust was seemingly having much difficulty in keeping Hendrix’s goal keepers from the ball and the boards.
Wright was keeping Rust in the game with her fast break production and Monique Seals put them within a point with a close-in bucket. But just as quickly, the Lady Warriors retaliated, punishing the Lady Bearcats with a 43-30 lead at the half.
Wright did not return after intermission and the Lady Warriors opened the flood gates on the three balls. Every player they put on the floor scored. Huggins canned four in succession, and Amanda Morris and Krista Goss hit one each in a matter of minutes. They went on to trample the home team 89-40.
Huggins led the floor with 27. Bonnie Hicks had 18 and Morris threw in nine.
Wright’s first half effort was best for Rust with 13. Allen backed her up with 10.
The Bearcats were also seeking redemption, having dropped their road game to Millsaps. The Warriors put Rust in deep trouble early with Matt Secrease burying a pair of treys in succession (he had five over the course of the game). All of his shots came from a long distance. Hendrix had popped six before the Bearcats made one. It was a dismal first half for Rust with the score 45-29.
In the second half head coach Rodney Stennis was trying hard to put together a combination which would stop the onslaught. He found it in Aaron Woods, who took the floor and mounted the comeback. Through stick backs and trips to the foul line he cut the Hendrix lead to 10. Then Michael Taylor joined the melee (he was wearing number 20, but the jersey was changed by the officials – reasons unclear.
Then there was spill-over. The fans in the stands came alive and the Bearcats had shredded the once seemingly insurmountable lead to a deuce at 49-47.
Rust finally took the lead on a deuce by Taylor at 55-54 with 5:04 left. The Bearcats took the lead again at 63-61. Then Alfred Washington was fouled with 13 seconds showing on the clock. He made one and time was called by Hendrix. This pushed the Bearcats three points ahead.
Secrease had a good look at the nylon from his range but the shot drew iron. The game ended with Rust staging a successful comeback at 64-61.
Taylor led Rust with 21. Woods had 10. Cal Rose led the Warriors with 16, while Secrease had 12.
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