By Jordan Huether
By most accounts, the Gordon-Rushville Lady Mustangs had a good showing at the Western Trails Conference Tournament this weekend, going two for three with a third place finish.
The Lady Mustangs out-scored the Morrill Lady Lions in every quarter of their decisive 54-38 home win in the first round of the tournament, Thursday night. The Mustangs had four players in double digits, lead in scoring by sophomore Carlee Hinn with 11 points. Ashton Sasse, Denie Jacobson and Hali Sahr each scored 10. Josie Perez added 9, Kenna Campbell 2, and Keelie Campbell 2.
Denie Jacobson was named player of the game with 10 pts, 10 boards and 6 steals. Hali had 10 pts, 4 assists and 4 steals. Kenna Campbell had 7 boards and 6 steals. Carlee Hinn had 11 pts, 6 boards and 4 assists. Josie Perez had 9 pts and 7 boards, and Ashton Sasse had 10 pts. The Mustangs were 11-22 from the free throw line.
With the win, the Lady Mustangs advanced to face the formidable Lady Bobcats of Hemingford in the second round Friday afternoon at WNCC in Scottsbluff. The 19-2 Bobcats came off a 70-24 beating of Bayard Thursday night, showing no mercy to the Lady Tigers.
The Mustangs had pulled off a last-minute upset over the Bobcats in last year’s semi-final, winning 52-49, but were unable to repeat the feat, falling by a final score of 64-50. Hemingford would go on to win the tournament, beating last year’s champion, the Mitchell Lady Tigers, 43-40.
Sophomore Josie Perez was named player of the game, and lead both teams in scoring with 21 points, including 9 from behind the arc. Denie Jacobson added 9, Hali Sahr 8, Carlee Hinn 6, Ashton Sasse 3, Kenna Campbell 1.
Perez also lead the team in rebounds with 9, followed by Jacobson, Hinn and Kenna Campbell with 7 a piece. Keelie Campbell pulled down 4, Ashton Sasse 2 and Hali Sahr 1.
The Lady Mustangs then faced the Kimball Lady Longhorns in the third place game Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs took an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Longhorns 67-49 to finish third.
The Mustangs were lead by player of the game Josie Perez, who had 31 pts and 4 steals. Ashton Sasse added 16 pts and 5 boards, Carlee Hinn, 6 pts and 15 boards, Hali Sahr, 9 pts and 4 assists. Keelie Campbell and Denie Jacobson each scored 2, and Kenna Campbell added 1.
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The Mustang boys played a great game Thursday night in the WTC Tournament opener against a tough, second seeded Bridgeport team, but came out on the short end of a 54-47 score, eliminating them from the tournament.
The Mustangs got off to a slow start, allowing the Bulldogs to rack up 24 points in the first quarter alone, adding only five of their own. The boys soon found their rhythm, out-scoring Bridgeport 13-12 in the second quarter, for a halftime score of 36-18. The Mustangs fought tooth and nail through the second half, adding ten points in the third and an impressive 19 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first half deficit, as the Bulldogs added 18 second half points of their own.
The Mustangs will travel to Bridgeport on Friday to take on the Bulldogs. We will be broadcasting live for anyone who can’t make the games. Tune in at sheridancountyjournalstar.net/videos