By Clint Andersen
The Gordon-Rushville Mustangs hosted a much improved Ainsworth Bulldog team on Saturday afternoon in a game played at the middle school in Rushville. The Bulldogs got 25 points from freshman Brady Delimont on their way to a 96-56 win over the Mustangs.
Ainsworth scored 31 points in the first quarter with the help of six 3-pointers to take a 31-9 lead. The Mustangs tried, but couldn’t close the gap in the second quarter and Ainsworth extended their lead to 46-17 at the half.
The Mustangs did some good things in the second half as they tallied 39 points – by far their highest scoring total for a half this season. A big part of that scoring explosion was the 16 fourth quarter points by freshman Ryan Schwarting. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs continued to score as well and coasted to a 96-56 win. Despite the lopsided loss, coach Paul Hotz said, “There were some positive bright spots that we learned about ourselves”.
The Mustangs’ top scorer was Ryan Schwarting, whose 16 points all came in the fourth quarter. Gary Kaplan and Sam Boldon each scored 7 and Lex Haller and Isaiah Little Moon scored 6. The Mustangs will travel to Martin, SD to face the Bennett County Warriors on Friday night before hosting a Saturday showdown with the Mullen Broncos.