Mustangs Back on Track

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor

In the Mustangs’ last game before the holiday season, the Boys Basketball team gifted the fans with a blowout win 77-46. After a 3 game losing skid the Mustangs needed this win to regain confidence heading into winter break.

The game started very slow for both sides. Both teams were missing shots and turning the ball over consistently. But that would not continue as the Mustangs shot lights out and scored 22 points in the second quarter. The score at halftime was 35-19 in favor of your Mustangs. The halftime break did not slow this team down as they went on to score 28 points in the third quarter to increase their lead to 27. The game slowed down scoring-wise at this point and both teams cleared their benches in the 4th quarter. Brandon Held led the scoring with 18 points.

Losing 3 games in a row is never a good sign for a team but last night the Mustangs showed their potential: when they play as a team, they are dangerous. A 3-3 record is a good record to have going into the break but this team needs to remain consistent and play their best every game.

Mustangs Lose on the Road

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor 

On Friday, December 14th the Boys Basketball team fell a tough one on the road 49-40 to the hands of River Hill High School. It was a back and fourth affair but the Mustangs started off slow and were playing catch up the entire game. 

The Hawks were reigning County Champions and returned lots of talent, they showed that on Friday night. The Mustangs started off 2-0 and looked unbeatable but now see themselves at 2-2 and are looking for answers. They are now 1-2 in county play and in the middle of a 2 game losing streak. 

In front of a packed crowd on a Friday night the Mustangs did not play well when it mattered. This game was not all negative and was neck and neck from start to finish. At half this game was a 3 point contest at 24-21 and the Mustangs had momentum. They could not close in on that lead as it was still just 3 points separating them at 32-29. It was a defensive battle. The Mustangs need to find their rhythm on offense down the stretch but that did not happen. They were outscored 17 to 11 in the final quarter and could not keep up with River Hill’s shooters. They made clutch shot after clutch shot and played at their best when it mattered the most. 

The Mustang faithful was disappointed with the outcome but are not hitting the panic button. It is too early to tell how good this team can be and fans are remaining optimistic for the long upcoming season. The Mustangs have played two of the best in the county so far and although not coming out on top, they showed a lot of promise to be successful during the season. They sit at 2-2 and 1-2 in county play. Their next two games are Monday against Liberty High School and Wednesday against Chesapeake High School. 

Mustangs Fall in a Close One

Head Coach Mr. Brady drawing up a play during a time out. 

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.