This past weekend the Lund Mustangs hosted their first basketball games of the season. Friday night they went up against the Owyhee Braves. The first quarter the braves pulled the lead quickly using a full court press, with multiple breakaway layups, ending the quarter ahead by 14 points. In the second quarter the Lady Mustangs fought back hard with multiple steals, ending the half down by five points. The second half started rough with the Braves pulling away again but the Lady Mustangs dug in their heels to close the gap again finishing the 3rd quarter behind by five again. Fourth quarter the Mustangs continued to push but couldn’t erase the deficit, finishing the game with the Braves winning 56-38. High scorers were seniors Makenna Griffin with 17 and Tara Carter with 6.
The Varsity boys game started out rough. The Mustangs struggled to find their footing after losing a starting forward earlier in the week. They spent the game playing catch-up getting close but not taking the lead. At the end of the first half the Braves were up by 10 points. The fourth quarter was a turning point for the Mustangs, finally able to find their rhythm they fought hard. With 1:44 left in the game they were down by four, the closest deficit since the first quarter. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for the Mustangs to pull ahead and the fell to the Braves 64-60. High scorers were seniors Kasen Hardy with 24 points and Parker Rosenlund with 13.
Saturday night the Lund Mustangs took on the Carlin Railroaders. The Lady Mustangs started out slow with a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter. That lead soon turned into a complete run with the Railroaders falling further and further behind, by half time the Lady Mustangs were up by nine. The second half the Mustangs ran a full court press, steal the ball and adding more points to the board. The Lady Mustangs took home the win with the final score 50 to 28. High scorers were senior Makenna Griffin with 21 points and Freshman Tessa Hooley with 10.
The Varsity boys game was much of the same. In the first quarter they were able to hold the Railroaders to six points while raking in 25. Using a full court press they continued to hold the Railroaders, finally starting to find the rhythm the Mustangs had lost. The score continued to climb as the Mustangs completely shut down the Railroaders, ending the half 37 to 6. Halfway through the third quarter with still no score by the Railroaders coach Griffin, pulled his starters out and his bench came in. Finishing the winning night 58 to 25. High scores were seniors Kasen Hardy with 21 points and Parker Rosenlund with 13.