In the last game of their season, the lady Mustangs basketball team took the court for their sub-state game on March 3.
The Mustangs loaded up the bus and traveled to Holton to face off against the Topeka Hayden Wildcats in the semifinal round. The game started off rough with the Mustangs only scoring four points in the first quarter, whereas the Wildcats scored 15.
The Mustangs would fight through another tough quarter and only score six more points before halftime, while the Wildcats would score another 15 points, taking the lead going into halftime with a score of 30-10.
Coming out of halftime, the lady Mustangs fought for another tough eight minutes and scored 14 points, but allowed the lady Wildcats to score 16 points to make the score 46-24 going into the fourth quarter.
Being down 22 points going into the fourth quarter, the Mustangs struggled to get the boards and allowed the Wildcats to score 12 points to their nine, leading to the final score of 62-33, making this the final loss of the season.
“It sucks that we lost,” senior Alli Snapp said. “Even though we lost, I was still happy that I got to play this year, and I had a lot of fun with the rest of the girls.”
After finishing the year at 4-17, girls basketball coach Adam Plummer was very pleased with this season’s finish at the conclusion of the sub-state game this year.
“I thought we made a lot of improvement from the start to the end,” Plummer said. “There were definitely some games I wish we could have back and do something a little different and get some wins, but at the end of the day, all of the goals I had for the long-term future, we established at the end of year one.”
Although Plummer was pleased overall, there were definitely some struggles the girls faced this season.
“Looking at the end of the year, injuries were a problem,” Plummer said. “Against Hayden, we had three people that play varsity out for us, so that makes it tough. There just hasn’t been a continued commitment to girls basketball at this school for a while, and I am just trying to convince them that it’s going to take a long time, and there is going to be a lot of effort, time and sacrifice that they are going to have to put into it to be better at it. That would be the biggest thing.”
Even with these struggles, the girls still came together and gave a team effort.
“I think we came together as a team more as the season progressed,” Snapp said. “We improved a lot and were a much better team than what we were at the beginning of the year.”
In the end, the girls unified to work as a whole unit and put what they all had out on the court.
“I wouldn’t say that just one person put the most effort out every single day in practice and games,” Plummer said. “I thought, for the most part, the girls gave a pretty good effort. Even though there were some days in practice that were better than others, and out on the court that were better than others, it was pretty consistent all the way around.”
With the season being over with now, Plummer is looking towards next year.
“This year, I took a step back and enjoyed it a bit more,” Plummer said. “I got to get to know the girls a little bit better and know what they are capable of. This isn’t a sport you can just hide people in; you actually have to get better, and that will prove itself next year.”
Article by Brandon Mallon, staff member
Photo courtesy of Heather Weers