The Macksville Lady Mustangs spotted the Kinsley Coyotes 11 straight points right from the start during their third round of basketball playing at Larned's Keady Basketball Classic last Saturday afternoon. Then Macksville was forced to play catch-up ball for the rest of the contest, coming to within eight points, the Coyotes winning 28-40.
And what could have gone wrong for the Lady Mustangs in that 0-11 first quarter just about did.
Not until almost midway through the second quarter did the momentum started swinging just a little in Macksville's favor when the Stangs started putting points on the board, all of them coming from seven free throws and one basket.
And while Macksville started adding points, the Coyotes were starting to have their problems.
Macksville's defense started clogging up the middle, giving the Coyotes fewer good looks at the basket like they had in the first quarter when their big men drove straight through Macksville's defense for the layup or shooting the short jumper.
The Lady Stangs out-scored the Coyotes by one in the quarter 9-8, the score going in at half-time in Kinsley's favor 9-19.
Neither team scored very much during the third. The Stangs chipped off another point on Kinsley's lead with the help of Karissa Longlois's five points (one a three-pointer), Melissa Espino's three and Bunker's basket and two free throws. The score going into the final period – Macksville 15 – Kinsley 24.
Both teams did their best scoring in the final period, but this time Kinsley did the most getting 16 points to Macksville 13. And while the Stangs did get closer, the Lady Stangs' full-court pressure defense was forced into fouling close to the end which increased the Coyotes' lead and eventually a Kinsley win 28-40.
Scoring for Macksville: Langlois 9, Bunker 6, Espino 5, Mindy Wood 4, Murphy 3,Kiley Freeman 1.
Three point goals: Mack. 2 (Espino, Wood).
In Monday's first round game against Spearville, the Lady Stangs lost to the Lancers 30-51.
Macksville played some good ball in this one, especially in the later part of the first quarter outscoring the Lancers by two 8-6, and starting at the 3:39 mark in the second quarter, where the Lady Stangs once again outscored the much taller Spearville team 4-0.
Scoring for Macksville: Bunker 13, Langlois 9, Freeman 3, Wood 3, Murphy 2.
Three point goals: Mack. 2 (Bunker, Freeman).
Keira Parr was missing during all three of the tournament games. Hopefully the play-making, point guard will be coming back soon into the line-up
Macksville's next competition will be this Friday at Greensburg when they play Kiowa County.