Last Tuesday night the Rich Hill Tigers headed south for another conference game against the Jasper Eagles. The Tigers were coming off the Archie Tournament the previous week with a victory over the Whirlwinds for a win in the consolation game on Saturday.
The Tigers had a very modest two game winning streak coming to this game. The Tigers got off to a slow start in the first quarter but after a timeout by Coach Moles the team really seemed to pick it up. Again the full court pressure by the Tigers helps spur their offense into high gear. As well as the Tigers offense was running Japer was even more determined to keep pace and after one quarter the Tigers lead 16-14. In the second quarter Rich Hill maintain their hot shooting hand and were able to build a double digit lead going into the half. In the first half the Tigers were able to land 8 treys and with solid defense and rebounding were having one of their best halves of the season. In the second half the host team kept applying pressure by trying to match the Tigers offensive outputs never letting them relax. After three periods the Tigers lead 60-45. In the final period of the evening the Eagles made several runs to drop the lead below ten points but Rich Hill maintained their composure by hitting 10/13 free throws and were able to win the game by a score of 78-66. Even though the Tigers gave up 66 points for the evening they played good defense and credit had to be given to Jasper for having a good shooting night. In the end the Tigers hit 13 treys for the evening for a season high in that category, 15-20 free throws and strong rebounding allowed the Tigers to come away with a big win. The Tigers improved their record to 11-7 for the second and 3-1 in the conference. Rich Hill placed six players in the scoring column with four of those in double figures.
On Friday night the team from Rich Hill traveled to Archie for their fifth game in eight days and all had been on the road. This would be the third meeting of the year between the two teams and second game in six days. The Tigers had won the two previous meetings. The first few moments of the game started out a little sloppy for the Tigers but they were able to take better control the tempo and were leading after the first period by a score of 16 to 10. The second quarter the Tigers found their offensive stride with better defense and went into half time with a 35-19 lead. The second half was a cold and hot quarter for the Tigers. What had been a 16 point lead at half time evaporated quickly for Rich Hill and the lead was only 8 points barely in the third quarter when a time out was taken and the boys were able right the ship and rebuilding the lead to around twenty points several times. At the start of the four period the Whirlwinds again made some runs but were unable to overcome the double digit lead the Tigers held. With about 3 minutes left in the game both teams went to the benches and in the end Rich Hill defeated the Whirlwinds by a score of 64-48. This win improved the Tigers record to 12-7 for the season and 4-1 in the conference. The Tigers placed five players in the scoring column with three of those in double figures.
The Tigers will get busy in the final two weeks of the regular season with a JV girl and boy only contest on Monday night, followed by a home game on Tuesday night against Liberal in a conference contest. The last of the week will see the Tigers travel to Drexel on Friday night for another conference game and ending the week at Appleton City for the conclusion of the tournament that was rescheduled due to weather in January. The boys will meet the Montrose Blue Jays for the championship at 8:00 PM. Next week the Tigers travel to Lakeland on Tuesday and Leeton on Thursday before coming home to close out the regular season on Friday night against the Appleton City Bulldogs for the final conference game. That night will also be Senior night for the Tigers
Rich Hill hosted junior high scholar bowl at home tonight. School participating were Rich Hill, Adrian, Lakeland and Liberal. Rich Hill won matches against Adrian and Lakeland and lost to Lakeland.
Taryn Jones, Trinity Burris, Nathan Mubanga, Noelle Abend, and Kyla Couzens
All games scheduled for tonight Wednesday, January 23, have been moved to Friday, January 25. The games that were originally scheduled for Friday night will now be played Saturday morning, in the west gym, starting at 11:00 am. Updated brackets will be posted on the Tiger Athletics page as soon as they are available.
The second round of the boys Appleton City Tournament took place on Thursday night
with the Rich Hill Tigers making their fifth trip in a row to the semi-finals. Their
opponent for the evening would be the Knights from Northeast Vernon County. The
Tigers had punched their ticket with a win over the Hume Hornets and the Knights had
advanced with an upset win over the third seeded Appleton City Bulldogs.
In the first quarter both teams found their offenses moving up and down the court
quickly and with a fair amount of success. Neither team was going to blink or be
intimidated by the other and at the end of one quarter the Rich Hill Tigers found them
holding a slime one point lead over the Knights at 16-15. What looked like a game that
could be a close game all night took a turn for the Tigers as they started to apply a
more effective defensive pressure on the NEVC team and were able to turn turnovers
into several points The Knights seemed to have no answer for the Tigers pressure and
saw the lead grow quickly to double digits by the end of the first half. At the half the
Tigers lead by a score of 38-24.
At half time Rich Hill coaches made some defensive adjustments which proved to pay
dividends with their team as the second half started. Early in the third quarter the
Tigers strengthened their defensive capabilities and saw their lead grow to more than
thirty points again using turnovers to create their offensive points from transition shots.
At the four minute mark of the quarter Coach Moles went to his bench to finish out the
frame and at the end of three Rich Hill lead the Knights by a score of 59-29. The fourth
quarter started with a running clock but NEVC was not about to let it run without doing
their best to get it back under thirty and were able to do so. The starters for the Tigers
spent most of the second half on the bench but the younger players were up to the
task and put in some valuable minutes of experience and kept the defensive pressure
on while running good offense to finish the game out. It was a good night for the
Tigers with the final score being Rich Hill 64 NEVC 36. With this victory it moved the
Tigers into the Championship game against the Montrose Blue Jays who defeated
Chilhowee in the last game of the evening. In the game that was to be played on
Saturday night the #2 seeded Tigers were to the Blue Jays that were the top seed of
the tournament. Due to weather this game has been postponed to a later date that will
be announced when a suitable date and time can be found.
The Tigers found their season record improved to 6-5 and are now on a three game
winning streak. For the game the Tigers found seven players in the scoring column with
four of those in double figures. The next week schedule will find the Tigers at home on
Tuesday night against the Midway Vikings who are 1-0 this year against Rich Hill. On
Thursday night the Eldorado Springs Bulldogs will come to town for a boy’s night only. This again will be a ½ JV boys game with the varsity to follow. On Friday night the girls and boys will travel to Sherwood.
Round two of the rivalry between the Rich Hill Tigers and the Hume Hornets took place
during the first round of the 2019 Appleton City Tournament. The Tigers came into the
game with a 4-5 and coming off a nice win against Osceola last Friday night at home.
The Hume Hornets entered the game with a record of 2-10 but with this rivalry records
really don’t matter to the players or the fans.
The instrumental music students shared their talents with the community last night with a number of Christmas songs. The 5th graders started the evening off demonstrating their newly learned talents and a combination of the high school and junior high finished the night with an exciting number that was just a bit scary! Be sure to listen!
On Tuesday night the annual rivalry game between the Rich Hill Tigers and the Hume
Hornets took place on the home court of the Tigers. This yearly game brought out a
nice crowd from both schools, which always makes for a great atmosphere for a high
school basketball game. This Rivalry has a long history and most fans in the crowd
could probably share one or more stories about their memories of past games played
between these two programs.
The evening started off with a half JV Boys game. The Junior Tigers had experienced a
rather long layoff but were ready to go with the opening tip off. The offense from both
teams started off slowly for the evening. The Tigers were able to get the offense going
and found a stride that carried them to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter. Since the
teams were only playing two quarters both teams looked to improve on their
performance and make the most of their playing time. As the second frame started the
Hornets came to life offensively and tighten up their defense which caused the Tigers
some problems. The Tigers allowed the Hornets to control the boards which in the end
hurt them. The Tigers found themselves trailing by five points with about a minute to
play but were able to drop a trey in to close the gap. The Tigers then tighten the
defense and were able to give themselves a chance to tie the game at the end of
regulation. With fifteen seconds left the Tigers took a time out and set their strategy
for the last shot. Coming out of the timeout the Tigers worked the clock down but an
errant pass ended their hopes of a final shot. The final score was the Rich Hill Tigers 15
Hume Hornets 17. It was a disappointing loss for the JV who saw their record drop to
0-3 in their young season.
In the final game of the evening the Varsity Tigers took the floor looking to rebound
from a tough loss on Saturday against the Midway Vikings. Both teams came into the
game looking very different from last year with very few starters returning for either
squad. In the early going the Tigers came out very aggressively on defense trying to
apply pressure on the Hume Hornets. They were successful in forcing numerous
turnovers and then converting them into points. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead
but had to deal with Hume’s quick guards. The first frame saw several Hornets go to
the bench with foul trouble which was partly due to Rich Hill offensively attacking the
basket. After one quarter the Tigers led the Hornets 23-7. In the second quarter the
Tigers continued to apply pressure and extend their lead before the half. In this quarter
the Tigers also fell prey to foul trouble watch some of their own players heading to the
bench. The bench provided much needed help and at the half Rich Hill had limited
Hume to only three field goals and led at the half 43-15. The second half started
favorably for the Tigers who were able to extend the lead to more than thirty points but
again foul trouble limited some of the playing time for the starters but Coach Moles
used his bench freely during the second half. As the third quarter came to a close RichHill led 57-29. The final frame found the Tiger using almost exclusively their bench
giving much needed playing time to the young players. The final score of the evening
was Rich Hill 67 Hume 42. For the game the Tigers had three players finished in double
figures and saw their record improve to 3-4 before the Christmas break. Their next
action will be January 2 at home against the Adrian Blackhawks. It will be the opening
game for the conference season for both teams.