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'Stangs Felled By 3-8
Pendlton County 61-58
Fail To Exercise Old Demons
Streaks Continue For Wildcats
Thursday, Janaury 18, 2007
Our Brossart Mustangs traveled to Falmouth on
Thursday night confident of destroying some old
skeletons that lived in our closet.  The Mustangs
had not defeated the Wildcats in our last five
attempts, and the 3-8 Cats, riddled by graduation,
who had dropped their last five consecutive regular
season games this year,  seemed vulnerable  to
having their 25 game, three year home game win
string snapped.
We learned two tough lessons in failing to
accomplish those goals.  The first is that we bring
out the best in the Pendleton County Wildcats,
whoever they are, and secondly to the Wildcats,
who were playing only their second game this year
in Falmouth, that there is no place like home.
First year head coach Chad Sims reached into his
bag of tricks and chose to challenge the Brossart
Mustangs shooters with a zone to shoot over, the
same zone that we have seen often earlier this
season and shredded, most notably in a 70-48 win
over Harrison County.
The team that was tabbed by the Lexington
Herald-Leader some years ago after a similar
shooting performance in the All "A" State
Tournament against the Owen County Rebels as
the "Team That Couldn't Shoot Straight," couldn't
shoot straight again on this Thursday night in
Falmouth.  The Mustangs could manage only 9 of
39 (unofficially) from beyond the arc, and 21 of 72
overall in this game against the Wildcats.
 Senior Kane Belcher did an excellent job of
nuetralizing the efforts of Troy Cooper, limiting our
big man to a pair of free-throws in the first half.
Cooper would eventually free up for 14 points on
the night, ten of which came in a furious fourth
quarter rally that came up three-points short.
 The Mustangs, who never led in this contest, fell
behind early by as much as 12-5 in the first period
before ending the quarter trailing 12-8.  Brossart
cut the Cats lead to 18-16 with 2:45 remaining in
the half, but couldn't catch them as the PC crew
spurted off to a 25-20 halftime lead.
 In the oh-so-important first three minutes of the
second half the Wildcats did irrepairable damage,
going on an 11-0 run out of the locker room to
make it a 36-20 game and a minute later extended
their lead to 17 points, their longest of the night at
39-22.
 Fresh off of a "rise from the ashes" win over
Scott just two nights previous, the Mustangs
attempted to perform a similar feat in this game,
rallying from behind to make it a 51-47 Pendleton
County advantage with 4:33 to play in the game.  
The Mustangs fans breathed a sigh of relief, as it
appeared that everything would work out for our
heroes from there, but the Cats proved their
resiliance, pushing back to a seven point
lead at 54-47 before leaving themselves vulnerable
by missing some key free throws in the waning
seconds of the game.
 As the final seconds of the game ticked off and
the Mustangs trailing by the final 61-58 margain,
Bryan Niemeyer found himself the recipient of an
intercepted Pendleton County inbounds pass, and
with less than a second on the clock heaved a
half-court prayer that would have sent the game to
overtime.  Although Bryan and his friends practice
this shot routinely before and after practice on a
near-daily basis, the shot which appeared early to
be right-on, veered slightly off to the right,
allowing the Cats to increase their personal win
streak against the Mustangs to now six straight,
and their consecutive home game win streak to 26,
spanning the last three seasons.
Congratulations to Coach Chad Sims and his Cats
on a gutty effort and well-deserved victory.
Our Mustangs will now have to re-group and
forge onward into next week's 10th Region All "A"
Tournament coming off of this stinging loss to the
Pendleton County Wildcats.
It appears that we will engage in the regional "A"
wars without the services of Nathan Mutsch
whose presence Thursday night was missed in
spades.
 Hopefully, a slice of humble pie will be just what
the doctor ordered to refocus this team's resolve as
we face the winner of the Paris/Silver Grove game
on Wednesday night at home in the opening round
of this year's All "A" State Title quest.
 Rather now than then.

BOX SCORE:  Kidney 3-2-0/0-12,
    Patterson 0-1-0/0-3, Rebholz 0-1-0/0-3,
    Niemeyer 2-1-1/1-8, Kramer 0-2-0/0-6,
    Uebel 3-2-0.0-12, Cooper 4-0-6/9-14

    Totals Mustangs:  12-9-  7/12-58   14-3   3-0
    Total Wildcats:     20-2-15/28-61     4-8
The Mustangs freshmen unleashed a 21-6 third
period flurry on the homestanding Wildcats to
break open a close game and post a 48-39 victory
in the opener of the tripleheader.  Ten Mustangs
were paced in the scoring column by Jordan
Armstrong, Nick Hanneken, and Jacob Rieger with
8 points apiece.

BOX SCORE:  Armstrong 2-1-1/3-8,
    Cummins 2-0-1/1-5, Martin 1-0-1/2-3,
    Popovich 0-0-2/2-2, Morscher 0-2-1/2-7,
    Batsche 2-0-0/1-4, Hanneken 1-2-0/0-8,
    Crowley 0-0-0/1-0, Rieger 3-0-2/4-8,
    Fessler 1-0-0/0-2, Kroger 0-0-1/2-1

    Total Mustangs:  12-5-  9/18-48    13-7
    Total Wildcats      8-5-10/17-39

The JVs appeared well on their way to victory,
leading 33-28 after three quarters of play, but let a
late game lead slip away, as the offense stalled out,
putting only six points on the board in the fourth
quarter and allowing the Cats to rally for the 42-39
win.
 The Mustang JVs were led by the Freshman
Jacob Rieger with 9 points.  Doug Lambert led the
Cats with 17.

BOX SCORE:  Armstrong 1-0-0/0-2,
     Patterson 1-0-0/0-2, Webb 3-0-0/0-6,
     Kremer 2-0-0/0-4, Ridder 3-0-1/4-7,
     TWoeste 1-0-0/0-2, Rieger 3-0-3/4-9,
     Wolfer 1-0-0/0-2, Barth 0-0-1/2-1,
     Weyman 2-0-0/0-4

      Total Mustangs:  17-0-5/10-39
      Total Wildcats:    15-1-9/19-42    
Mustang Freshmen Prevail
48-39
JVs Succumb Late - 42-39