By Clint Andersen
The Gordon-Rushville Lady Mustangs played in the Alliance Holiday Tournament on January 2nd and 3rd. They opened up the tournament against a very good Mitchell Tiger team. The Mustangs came into the game with a 1-5 record, while the Tigers’ record was 5-1. Despite the disparity in records, the Mustangs played well and made the Tigers work to earn the win.
The Mustangs looked good in the first quarter as they trailed by just one point at the end of the quarter, 10-9. It was more of the same in the second, but the Tigers were able to stretch their lead to 21-16 at the half. The second and third quarters have been the Mustangs’ strongest this season, and today was no exception. The Mustangs came out strong after the break and won the third quarter, chipping away at the Tiger lead which stood at just 34-30 entering the final frame. The Tigers finally put away the scrappy Mustangs in the fourth quarter and finished the game with a 59-47 win that was much closer than the scoreboard indicated.
Friday afternoon, the Lady Mustangs took on the Bridgeport Bulldogs in the consolation game of the tournament. Bridgeport was pummeled the previous day by the host Alliance Bulldogs, 38-15. The game was very entertaining and featured several ties and lead changes throughout. The teams battled to a draw in the first quarter with the score knotted at 8-8. The Mustangs caught fire in the second quarter and outscored Bridgeport 17-9 to take a 25-17 halftime lead. However, several key mustangs found themselves in foul trouble, which would take its toll in the third quarter. Hali Sahr, Josie Perez, Kenna Campbell, Carlee Hinn and Dani Campbell all sat for long stretches of the third quarter as the Mustang lead dwindled. Credit the Mustangs’ bench for providing quality depth at a critical time in the game. Several role players provided quality minutes and allowed the Mustangs to reach the fourth quarter with everyone still available. The Mustangs had led by as many as ten points early in the third quarter, but the score was tied entering the fourth at 31-31.
The fourth quarter was a close one as neither team could gain a clear advantage. Momentum swayed back and forth, but with just over a minute to go and tied at 38, the Mustangs took control and scored the last seven points of the game for the winning margin. The Mustangs won the game by a final score of 45-38 and took third place in the tournament. If you missed the tournament, watch our full broadcasts at http://www.sheridancountyjournalstar.net/videos
The Lady Mustangs (2-6) travel to Valentine on Friday to face the Badgers (4-4). They will play again on Saturday when they travel to Bayard (3-4).