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January 21, 2019

Mustangs Basketball Teams Rise And Prepare For Franklin Panthers

The Mustangs honored their senior athletes and Cheerleaders on Friday. The Lady Mustang seniors included Aalyah McCullom, Shay Tisho, Braden Lewis, Andrea Floyd, Taylor Douthitt, and Kaitlyn Putnam. The Mustang Varsity seniors are Andrew Cobaugh, Tommy Brennan, Tyler Waliezer, Trey Hamilton, Nate Coffee, and Gage Kosnick. Also congratulations to the Senior members of the Cheerleader Corp and members of the Wrestling Team.
The Basketball Teams had an outstanding week. The Lady Mustangs gave the Lady Blue Devils a 41 point whipping 68 to 27 on Tuesday night. Aalyah McCullom saw limited playing time as she continues to recover from off season knee surgery but scored 12 quick points as did Shay Tisho to lead the Lady Mustangs. Luck McRae had a career night with 11 points. Then Friday Night the Lady Mustangs improved to 20 and 1 on the season with a 60 to 42 point win over East Henderson. The Eagles had kept the game played in December to a four point loss but the Lady Mustangs took the lead early and never relinquished it. Aalyah McCullom led the Mustangs with 12 points. The Lady Mustangs are the top team in the Mountain Six Conference at 8 and 0.
The Mustangs Varsity battled back from a 26 to 23 halftime deficit against Brevard on Tuesday to celebrate a 69 to 53 point win. Tyler Waliezer had another career night with 16 points once he figured out how to penetrate the much taller Brevard defense. Waliezer said, “I though I had a good layup after penetrating their defense but when I looked back I saw the ball land four rows deep in the stands.” However he was able to soften up their defense with five more penetrations for points and two trips to the free throw line where he was three of four. In spite of four of his shots being blocked he was able to shake up the Brevard game plan and give Tommy Brennan and Cody Lominac opportunities which both took advantage of. Lominac finished with 12 and Brennan had 16 including a tree pointer. Coffee and Lamb were able to shoot over the Blue Devils defense with two three pointers each. On Friday The Mustangs battled East Henderson toe to toe for the first half going to the dressing room at the half with a 38 to 31 point lead. However the Mustangs defense was incredible in the third quarter limiting the Eagles to just 4 points while putting 24 points of their own on the scoreboard. In the final quarter the Mustangs enjoyed a 20 to 11 scoring advantage. Every Mustang on the roster scored Cobaugh, Espinoza, and Coffee each had ten Hughes had nine, Brennen, Waliezer, and Lamb, had seven, Kosnick added six, Hamilton and Sink has five, Crowe chipped in four and Lominac added two. The Mustangs are now 11 and 10 and improved to 4 and 5 in conference play.
FRANKLIN TUESDAY. The Lady Panthers struggled again against Pisgah getting behind early and never able to mount comeback challenge and losing 63 to 39. Pisgah is now 15 and 7 and 8-2 in conference play having lost only to Smoky Mountain. The Lady Panthers are 7 and 14.
THE PANTHERS VARSITY led 14 to 11 at the end of the first quarter then went on to a 36 to 27 point lead at the half. The Pisgah Bears roared back in the third with a 26 to 8 differential to take a 53 to 44 point lead. With six minutes to pay the Panthers defense went to work to limit the bears to just 17 points while going n a 27 point return of their own and handed the Bears just their third conference loss of the season. This was especially stunning to The Bears who had knocked the conference leader Hendersonville on Tuesday. The Panthers earned a 7 to 3 record and tied Pisgah in the conference title chase. The Panthers are 12 and 2 since Christmas and improved to 15 and 6. Pisgah is now 14 and 8 overall. The Mustangs travel to Franklin on Tuesday. In the Last meeting the Mustangs lost to Franklin 82 to 76 in overtime while the Lady Mustangs tool a 47 to 26 point victory.

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