The Lady Mustangs dropped their first game at the Barton County Hilltop Classic then rebounded with two victories and take fifth in the tournament.

The Macksville Lady Stangs had two wins and one loss at the Barton County Hilltop Classic, an event that started for the Stangs on Tuesday, January 23, continued on to Thursday, with the Finals on Friday.

First, the 5th seeded Stangs faced the 4th seeded Moundridge Wildcats on Tuesday, losing to the Wildcats 34-49, then in the consolations, defeated Ness City 52-45 on Thursday, then took the 5th place trophy by defeating the Larned Indians in a squeaker 40-39 on Friday.

Against Moundridge, the Lady Stangs managed just two baskets and two free throws as Denise Galan first made a free throw and then a basket. Itzel Garcia made a basket, and Lexi Wright added a free throw, the score after one, the Stangs falling way behind 6-23.

Offensively and defensively, the Macksville ladies did much better in the second, scoring 11 points while holding the Wildcats to just two points, the score going into the half, Macksville 17, Moundridge 25. Scoring for the Stangs had BrayLynn Anshutz making a basket, Jenna Russell nailing a 3-pointer, Cindy Ibarra added two baskets, and Denise Galen making a basket.

Macksville’s scoring almost went dormant as the Lady Stangs made six points. Lyset Ibarra canned a 3-pointer, Cindy Ibarra made a basket, and Anshutz a free throw, the score at the end of three, Macksville 23, Moundridge 37.

In the final quarter, Russell nailed her second 3-pointer and made a basket, Lyset Ibarra went 4/4 from the line, and Wright made a basket, the Stangs lose to Moundridge 34-49.

In their win over Ness City on Thursday, Denise Galan made two baskets, Anshutz a free throw, Lyset Ibarra a free throw and Russell canned a 3-pointer. The Mustangs were down by one, 9-10.

Anshutz went 2/2 from the line and made two baskets. Wright, Cindy Ibarra and Russell made baskets. Denise Galan made two baskets, the Lady Stangs take a 24-22 lead at the half. The Lady Stangs lead would have been greater if it weren’t for a 3-point buzzer beater by Ness.

It was Russell’s turn, first making a basket, made her second 3-pointer, and on her third 3-pointer, it turned out to be a buzzer-beater to end the third quarter. Cindy Ibarra made a basket, the Stangs widen their lead going into the final quarter 34-30.

The Stangs really put on the points as they added 18 points to their final score. Scoring for the Stangs was Cindy Ibarra with two free throws, Denise Galan making a basket and two free throws. Anshutz made a basket and free throw, the Mustangs get the win 52-45.

“We started the game a kind of rocky, struggling at times” said Macksville’s Itzel Garcia. “In the second and third quarters we finally got some shots going and were able to push the tempo a little more. Then in the fourth quarter we really had to battle in the last few minutes, but in the end we were able to pull it off and beat Ness City.”

A very happy and relieved bunch of Macksville players just defeated the Larned Indians 40-39 and took home the consolation trophy.

“Final game of the Hilltop Classic proved to be a good one” Skinner said. “We got off to a slow start and had to battle back through the game. Larned’s aggressiveness on defense caused us some troubles early but we managed to overcome it late in the game. Our free throw shooting throughout the tournament was a key to our success.”