Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor
On Wednesday night the Marriotts Ridge Boys Basketball team took the floor against Wilde Lake High School. The Mustangs fought hard in the end but could not secure the win as they fell 67-62.
The Mustangs were 2-0 heading into the game after victories over Glenelg and South Carroll in dominant fashion, but Wilde Lake was their first true test. The now 2-0 Wildcats made the big shots when it mattered and stayed composed throughout the game. In the end it was too much for the Mustangs.
At halftime the Mustangs led 29-26 and had confidence going into the locker room. Wilde Lake had other ideas as they outscored Marriotts Ridge 25-15 and had 7 point advantage going into the 4th quarter. Our Mustangs did not see this as a time to quit, they saw it as a time to respond. They did just that and quickly started the 4th quarter on a run and tied the game at 51. The crowd was getting loud as the game was going back and fourth knowing that every possession and every basket would be important. But the two Wilde Lake Seniors rose to the task and took over the game. Marc Marshall and Trea Keys, who combined for 42 points to the finish the game, made shot after shot and did not let up on the gas pedal. The Mustangs were down 3 in the final minutes and Senior guard Cam Heard drew a shooting foul behind the arc and was gifted 3 shots. After missing one, the Mustangs were forced to play the fouling game. As Wilde Lake made both of their free throws, the Mustangs had another chance to tie the game with a three. Coach Brady drew up one final play hoping for overtime, but it was only a wish. Cam Heard’s final attempt did not fall and that was the game.
Wilde Lake is a very talented side and knew how to win in crunch time. Although the Mustangs did not come away with a win they showed that they can hang around with one of the county’s best. There is still reason to believe this team has what it takes to have a strong regular season. The Mustangs’ next opponent is River Hill High School, reigning County Champions, on the road Friday night.