The Macksville Mustangs ended their regular season with a 59-43 victory over the Hodgeman County Longhorns.
In their last regular season game for the year, the Macksville Mustangs came away with another win, defeating the Hodgeman County Longhorns 59-43 during Parent’s Night a week ago last Tuesday.
In the first quarter, the Mustangs led 18-7, stayed ahead going into the half 27-19, offensively having their biggest quarter in the third leading 48-36, and getting the 59-43 win.
The Mustangs shooting was well balanced as four Mustangs were in double figures. Jacob Rein and Karson Waters both scored 15 points, followed closely by Kody Mead who made 13, and Kaleb Lickiss with 12 points. Kreed Parr had four points starting out, the Mustangs scored 18. Mead and Rein each made three baskets, Waters made two baskets, and Lickiss made a basket.
Their weakest point production was in the second. Mead made two baskets, Lickiss made an old fashion three, and Mead scored a basket.
The points started adding up in the third as Lickiss nailed a 3-pointer and two baskets, Rein also nailed a 3-pointer and one basket. Mead made two baskets, and Parr made a basket.
Things slowed down in the fourth as Rein made two baskets, Waters made a basket and went 2/2 from the line, Parr also went 2/2, and Mead made a basket.
“We didn't play our best but kept playing hard and that helped us win the game” said Macksville’s head coach Jeff Kuckelman. “We didn't shoot very well but we played pretty good defense which helped overcome the poor shooting. We played a good second half and that is really what closed out the game. We fouled them too much the first half and they scored a lot of their points from the free throw line. We did a better job of not fouling and forcing them to score off their offense the second half.”
In the first round of the 2A Central Plains Sub-State, the Mustangs will play the Kinsley Coyotes at home on Tuesday. The winner advances on to the second round at Central Plains. (Scores were not available at press time).