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January 21, 2019

Mustangs Split With Bearcats

The Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs JV Girls basketball team struggled against a strong squad from Hendersonville High School on Friday Night going down to a 32 to 22 final score. It might be pointed out the JV Girls Team is strong but would be dominating the play in the conference except that two of the players who would normally be on a JV team are playing key varsity roles, Keara Fowler is a starter on the varsity team and Natalie Parris is a key player off the bench. The outcome was much different when the Mustang JV Boys took the floor, the Juniors from Hendersonville could not hang with a powerful team from Smoky Mountain. In the final minute of the first quarter the Mustangs exploded with six points and took 16 to ten point lead. The score became 38 to 20 at the half, then 47 to 26 after three and the final was 62 to 38. The Lady Mustangs kept the ball rolling with dominate play over the Lady Bearcats. Taking an 18 to seven lead after one then exploded 36 to 18 at the half. The Lady Mustangs outscored the Bearcats 21 to 8 in the third and added 14 more points in the fourth compared to 6 when most of the starting team was finished for the night. Andrea Floyd was the top shot with 6 three point shots in game including four in the third quarter. The Lady Mustangs improved to 17 and 1 and a top five Max Preps State Ranking and number one in the conference.
In BOYS ACTION: The Bearcats are the top team in the Mountain Six Conference and Friday night proved to be why they hold that position. The Mustangs struggled with foul trouble from the first seconds of the game. Almost a carbon copy of the first game when the Bearcats went to the free throw line 25 times and the Mustangs nine times. This time around on Friday night the Bearcats went to the foul line 22 times while the Mustangs got five trips to the free throw line. An obvious difference in the game was how the Mustangs limited the Bearcats key player Ben Beeker to 17 points. In the first game Beeker had a 34 point night of which 20 came from the free throw line. In the second game a combination of Cody Lominac, Gaige Kosnick, Andrew Cobaugh, and Nate Coffee limited Beeker to just 17 points of which 9 came from the free throw line. Kalin Ensley who is one of the top athletes in western North Carolina was able to put 21 points on the board and was Hendersonville’s leading scorer. The Mustangs had seven shots for three including four by Cole Lamb who led the Mustangs with 16 points.
The Mustangs will be at home for the next to games including Brevard on Tuesday East Henderson next Friday, and the regular season will come to an end on February 6th in Franklin. The game with Cherokee had been cancelled.

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