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January 18, 2018

Mustangs Split With Hendersonville

Friday Night the Lady Mustangs JV girls team lost a four point decision to Hendersonville 50 to 46. However it did not take long for the Mustang JV boys team to show their superiority over the junior Bearcats. Even with generous substitutions the Mustang JV Team blew out Hendersonville 69 to 35.
The Lady Mustangs added more misery to the Bearcats girls team with a 73 to 23 point win. The Lady Mustangs limited Hendersonville to just two points in the entire first quarter. In the second quarters the starting five saw limited action yet still outscored Hendersonville 14 to to 8. At the end of three the Lady Mustangs were adding to a 60 to 20 point lead on their way to a 73 to 23 point final limiting the Lady Bearcats to just three fourth quarter points. Kyra Fowler set the tempo with six three pointers and led the Lady Mustangs with 20 points. Shea Sutton and Shay Tisho also scored 13 points. Meli Jackson had her second best night as a Lady Mustang with ten points. Kaitlyn Putnam saw limited action as she continues to work back from a serious knee injury and had six points with strong inside play. Eliza McCauley nailed a three pointer in the second quarter. Braden Lewis, Kevonna Tushka, Aubrie Miller, and Lucy McCray each scored 2. Andrea Floyd did not play. Taylor Douthit had a strong game defensively as did Natalie Parris but they did not score. The Lady Mustangs improved to 12 and 0 and are ranked number 2 in North Carolina in the NC Preps standings this week behind top ranked East Burke. Their next game will be January 10th at Mountain Heritage. That game will not be available on WRGC due to a prior commitment with Catamount Sports.

THE MUSTANG VARSITY GAME WAS DECIDED AT THE FOUL LINE. Four of the Mustangs starters were fouled out of the game and Jared Hughes played much of the game with three fouls. The Mustangs were whistled for a total of 29 fouls while the Bearcats were whistled 15 times. The Mustangs limited Hendersonville’s top performer Ben Beeker to 14 points from the field. He scored no points from the field in the third and six in the final quarter. He scored 20 times from the free throw line. All total Hendersonville had 31 points from the charity stripe. They had 42 opportunities from the free throw line. The Mustangs went to the free throw line 16 times and scored nine points. Had the Mustangs shot better from the free throw line the score would have been closer in spite of lopsided advantage in Hendersonville’s favor. One comparison worth making, In the Lady Mustangs fifty point win Coach Klipa substituted freely making sure every player got several minutes playing time, Coach Phillips also get all the available players several minutes playing time. With 47 seconds left in the game Hendersonville pulled the starters when his team had a 16 point lead. Tommy Brennen led the Mustangs with 19 points followed by Nate Coffee with 15 before being sent to the bench with five fouls. Cody Lominac was the Player Of the Game with 13 points but was a key reason why Hendersonville’s floor offense struggled from the floor. Tyler Waliezer added eight, Nate Crowe was limited to five and Zeb Sink scored four. The Mustangs depend on Cole Lamb for crucial three point shots but Lamb was limited to just three points after being saddled with three fouls early in the game. Jared Hughes and Alex Espinoza each scored 2 points. The Mustangs will have a couple of days to recover before going to Burnsville on Wednesday to face the Mountain Heritage Cougars. The game will not be available on WRGC Radio due to a prior commitment with the Catamount Sports Network.

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