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Mustangs suffer conference losses



Hoxie's Beau Sisco (#21), Morgan Puckett (#22) and Cade Crisler (background) triple-team an Earle shooter during the Jan. 20 game. The game was a heartbreaker for the Mustangs as they recorded their first conference loss, falling to Earle 68-62.
Submitted Photo ~ Tonya Crisler
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs suffered a 69-59 conference road loss Saturday night at Piggott.

The basketball game was tied 26-26 at halftime, before the Mohawks outscored Hoxie 20-12 in the third quarter to take a 46-38 lead into the final period. Hoxie cut the lead to 51-48 midway through the fourth quarter, but Piggott converted their free throws and pulled away for the win.

Beau Sisco led Hoxie with 16 points. Coy Yasler had 14 points, and Nate Ragsdell added 11 for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs fell to 10-2 in 3A-3 conference play and 13-4 overall.

The Hoxie junior high boys used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Piggott 37-31.

Piggott led 17-14 at halftime and 26-23 after three quarters. The junior Mustangs outscored Piggott 14-5 in the final period to earn the win.

Zach Crisler led Hoxie with 14 points, and Devin Roberts added 13.

The junior Mustangs improved to 9-3 in conference play and 11-4 overall.

Rivercrest

Hoxie held off a late Rivercrest rally and defeated the Colts 85-83 Friday night at Wilson.

Hoxie led 47-42 at halftime and 66-60 after three quarters. The Mustangs led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter before Rivercrest began their comeback. The rally came up short, as a last-second shot missed the mark and was rebounded by the Mustangs'Justin Weitkamp.

Weitkamp recorded a double-double for Hoxie, with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Sisco scored 18 points, and Morgan Puckett had 16. Ragsdell finished with 15 points, and Cade Crisler added 11.

In the junior boys game, Rivercrest hit a threepointer with 19 seconds remaining to defeat Hoxie 36-35.

The junior Mustangs led 22-13 at halftime, but could not find their shooting touch in the third quarter, as Rivercrest tied the game 29-29 entering the final period.

In a seventh-grade contest, Hoxie rallied in the final two periods for a hard-fought 22-17 victory to remain undefeated on the season with a record of 9-0.

Slade Sullens led the Mustangs with six points, while Robert Vaughn and Dillon Cagle each scored four points.

Earle

The Hoxie senior boys suffered their fi rst conference loss of the season with a 68-62 loss to the Earle Bulldogs on Jan. 20 at Hoxie.

Earle got off to a fast start, taking advantage of some Hoxie turnovers to race out to a 12-2 early lead.

The Bulldogs led 29-23 at halftime, but a third-quarter rally by the Mustangs tied the game at 45-45 entering the fourth quarter. Hoxie grabbed a four-point lead early in the fi nal period, but Earle rallied to regain the lead midway through the period. Earle was able to corral several key offensive rebounds following missed free throws to keep the Mustangs at bay.

Ragsdell led Hoxie with 22 points, and Puckett had 11. Cade Crisler and Weitkamp each added 10 points.

In junior boys action, Earle defeated Hoxie 41-27 to remain undefeated on the season. The junior Mustangs came out strong, leading 8-6 after the fi rst quarter and 15-12 at halftime. Poor shooting and miscues cost Hoxie in the second half, as Earle went on a 15-5 run in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Zach Crisler and Roberts each had nine points for Hoxie. The Hoxie seventh-graders earned their eighth win of the season with a win over Earle.

Hunter Keeling led Hoxie with 15 points. Sullens had nine points, and Cagle added five for the Mustangs.

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