|Segment Number Twenty-one
|Coming off of our upset win over Simon Kenton a week earlier the 2002-03 Mustangs entered post-season play with a 20-7
record and appeared to be at the top of their game. A to-be-expected letdown performance win over Silver Grove followed by a
win over the red-hot Pendleton County Wildcats in the championship game of the 38th District Tournament seemed to set the
stage for a run at the 10th Region Title and another shot at the all-everything Mason County Royals.
Tonight Evan McDole earned multiple Vanilla Milkshakes. The big sophomore who has a penchant for the UDF specialty
after playing a good game, may have played the most complete game of his career. Nine Field Goals spaced across the first
three quarters for eighteen points and rebounds estimated anywhere from fifteen to twenty, helped the Mustangs to win their
third 38th District title in the past six years and our fourth in the past seven seasons. The big man corp came up huge, as the
other half of the post player entry, Derrick Rhoden, knocked in fifteen points himself and threw in a few blocked shots for
good measure. Andy Kremer contributed to the cause with a three point goal in each of the first, second and fourth quarters
topped off with five points from the charity stripe. Andy also drew the tough defensive assignment of guarding the freshman
phenom, Tyler Mains. Mains, who scored at will against Campbell County on Wednesday night, putting nineteen on the
board, was limited to ten points tonight.
In the early stages of our broadcast tonight I observed that the Mustangs could not afford to play from behind to the Wildcats
and that if Keaton Belcher had another twenty point night the Brossart Mustangs could be in BIG TROUBLE.
The Mustangs did indeed fall behind the Cats on several occasions, never permitting the deficit to pass five points however,
and Keaton Belcher did have a twenty point night.
The Mustangs fell behind early 7-2, before rallying to tie the score at seven, and found themselves tied with the upstart Cats at
13 after eight minutes of play. In the second stanza Evan McDole would produce eight points, four of them coming off of
sweet High/Low passes from Derrick Rhoden, and the others being scored as a result of his own prowess at rebounding and
sticking the shot back in. The Mustangs led by three at intermission, just as the Camels did on Wednesday night and it
became imparative that the Mustangs dominate the early part of the third quarter, squelching any Wildcat ideas of outscoring
us 54-32 in the second half as they did versus Campbell County on Wednesday.
Three quick P-C points, tied the contest at 40, but again it was the post players who went to work, combining for 9 points
keeping the Mustangs' nose in front at 41-37 before a Mason O'Hara three pointer from about thirty feet out just ahead of the
buzzer brought the Cats back to within one at 41-40 after three periods and the nailbiter was on.
An Andy Kremer 3ball and three Derrick Rhoden big man baskets allowed the Mustangs to open the lead out to six points late
in the fourth period and 9 of 12 free throw shooting down the stretch was good enough to get the Stangs home on top and
capture the 38th District Title. We will now go into the 10th Region Tournament as a winner and draw a District loser as a
first round opponent. The 10th Region draw will take place on Saturday morning in the Fieldhouse. The Mustangs Have
Drawn Harrison County and will share the lower bracket with Clark County and Fleming County. The Wildcats who drew
opposite the Mustangs will play Bourbon County in the upper bracket also occupied by Mason County and Montgomery
County. The only way that Brossart and Pendleton County could meet again would be in the 10th Region Finals which would
be just fine with both of us.
Brossart's Andy Kremer, Derrick Rhoden, and Evan McDole were named to the All-Tournament Team
Pendleton County named Tyler Mains and Keaton Belcher.
The Brossart Mustangs improve to 22-7 overall, while the Pendleton County Wildcats fall to 12-16.
Box Score: Brossart: Kremer 0-3-5/8-14, Henry 0-0-4/4-4, Doyle 0-0-2/2-2, Orth 2-0-0/0-4, Smith 1-0-0/0-2,
Rhoden 6-0-3/4-15, McDole 9-0-0/2-18 Total Mustangs: 18-3-14/20-59
Pendleton Co: Mason 0-1-2/2-7, S. Elrod 0-1-2/2-5, O'Hara 0-2-0.0-6, Mains 3-0-4/4-10, Carter 1-0-0/0-2,
Verax 2-0-0.0-4, Belcher 4-4-0/0-20 Total Wildcats: 12-7-6/6-51
Mustangs 38th District Champions -
Beat Pendleton County 59-51
McDole - Rhoden - Kremer Named All District As Mustang Claim Title For Fourth Time
in Seven Seasons
Mustangs Come Ready To Play -
Extract A Measure Of Revenge From
Harrison County Win Tonight 69-36
Kevin Smith Steps Up - Leads Mustangs With 15 Points, McDole Contributes Double-Double
|Don't Blame Harrison County Coach Lee Kendall if he looked down the bench
tonight and asked where in the scouting report it says that Mustang Senior
Mitch Orth is a shooting threat from beyond the arc???? IT DOESN'T. One of
Mitch's ambitions must have been to hear Fieldhouse announcer Marty
Wallingford sing out one time - Thereee For Mitch Orth! And tonight he
heard it. Mitch Orth's three pointer was part of a Mustang barrage of
inside/outside artillery which led to a 10-0 run to start the game, and following
a Thorobred 3 of their own, another 16-0 run, which would pin the 'Breds 26-3,
before Harrison County got into the flow of the game.
The Mustang blitzkrieg would extend through the first quarter which ended 22-3, and continue through the 6:07 mark in the
second quarter when the Thorobreds connected on their second field goal of the night. The half ended with the Mustangs
enjoying a 29-14 halftime lead which would be challenged in the second half by the Breds.
Following intermission the Mustangs played in a "protect the lead" funk, allowing the 37th District Runners-up to creep back into
the game 32-24 with 3:02 to go in the third quarter, causing Mustang fans to have brief flashbacks of the 1999 "A" Regional Game
vs Paris .
Not to fear, the Mustangs would emerge from their mid-third quarter doldrums in time to reopen the lead to seventeen, 43-26 by
the end of the period and then lay a 26-10 fourth quarter exclamation point on the contest propelling the Mustangs into the 10th
Region Semi-Finals for the fourth time in Willie Schlarman's six years at the helm of the Mustangs.
Nine Mustangs will find their names in the box score of the morning Enquirer, led by Sophomore Kevin Smith who has to be one
of the only players in the history of the Fieldhouse to step to the free-throw line and shoot six consecutive free throws. The
string of charity tosses was the result of a personal foul committed against Smith by Harrison County senior Andy Wagoner when
the Mustangs were shooting the double bonus, and a double technical, resulting in Wagoner's ejection from the game. Smitty
stepped to the line by himself under the guise of the Fieldhouse population and cooly sunk five of his six free throws, reminicent
of the pair he hit in the waning moments of the Simon Kenton game two weeks ago to defeat the highly touted Pioneers. Smith
ended up hitting on 8 of 10 from the line for the night, along with a pair of field-goals plus a three pointer for 15 points. Evan
McDole recorded his second double-double in as many days, scoring 12 points, while pulling down 11 boards. Jeff Henry, who
has a history of big games in the Fieldhouse hit two 3balls and six of seven free throws for a 12 point night himself. Mitch Orth
played as though on a mission, hitting five regular brand buckets and the only three that I can recall in his career, and a free-throw
for a fourteen point outing. Andy Kremer knocked in a three pointer, Rob Doyle scored two, Michael Schenk two, Steve
McCarthy two, and Derrick Rhoden seven to round out the Mustangs scoring. Harrison County's Eric Mullens had 21 and Clay
Muntz had 10, accounting for 31 of the Thorobreds 36 points on the night, with Issac Whalen and Andy Wagoner getting a
bucket apiece and Michael Kolodzies chipping in a free throw to sum it up for the Breds.
The Mustangs improve to 23-7, avenging a 44-33 loss handed them by the Breds back on January 25th, and justifying Coach
Willie Schlarman's confidence in their rising to the occasion tonight and taking out Harrison County. He was right. As a result he
improves his post season record in the Fieldhouse to 7-3. Prior to his becoming head coach of the Mustangs we had never won
a post season regional tournament game.
The Mustangs had drawn Harrison County as our first-round opponent in the 10th Region Tournment. This re-opened some
old wounds as the Mustangs were often reminded of the 33-44 loss that we had taken to these same Thorobreds in Cynthiana
back in January. There would be no upsets on this night however, as the Mustangs decimated the Breds as the Mustangs
opened up a 26-3 lead, dousing all Harrison County hopes of a repeat on the Grand Stage.
The Mustangs would have to repeat an earlier season win over Clark County to earn a shot at the Mason County Royals in the
10th Region Championship game the following night. However, Division I signee Andrew Preston had other plans and turned
away the Mustangs inside game, and ending the Mustangs seasons in the Regional Semi-Finals.
Clark County Ends Mustangs Season 52-43
Will Meet Mason County in Championship Game On Saturday
Sixty-Four Teams Entered Regional Semi-Final Competition Friday night, and thirty-two will play in championship games on
Saturday for the right to represent their region in the KHSAA "Sweet Sixteen" Tournament next Wednesday through Saturday at
Rupp Arena in Lexington. Thirty-Two teams' season's came to an end on Friday night and Sixteen more will bow out on
Only the State Champion will finish the season with a win, all of the rest of us will have to face our own basketball mortality and
call it a season. For the Brossart Mustangs that came tonight at the hands of the Clark County Cardinals, who we had defeated
earlier in the season 45-42 in Winchester. Several other notables joined the ranks of the ousted, namely Highlands who had
dominated their competition up to this point, winning 22 of their last 23 games and ranked Number One in Northern Kentucky,
fell to Simon Kenton tonight 54-46 in the 9th Region. Lexington Catholic, the Number Two team in the state bowed out of
postseason competition falling to Henry Clay at EKU.
Tonight the Clark County Cardinals were inspired, stepping up their defensive efforts, contesting all of our shots, controlling the
boards, executing their offenses, hitting their free throws, and winning the game.
The Mustangs never ever really got untracked. We failed to score until the 3:20 mark in the first quarter, which set the tone for
our offensive performance for the remainder of the evening. We 2nded up shooting 28% from the field while the Cardinals were
hitting open looks at a 47% pace. We were beaten on the boards 33 to 24, with GRC pulling down 26 of our errant shots. We
actually outscored them 33-29 from the field, but were outscored 23-10 from the free-throw line, which was the difference in
the contest. Cardinal big man Andrew Preston was truly dominant, and was primarily responsible for holding our post players to
a combined 2/21 shooting night in close. The Division I, Belmont University signee also scored seventeen points to lead Clark
County, pulled down eight boards, and blocked at least five Mustangs field goal attempts.
The Mustangs trailed throughout, falling behind 13-7 after a quarter and 20-13 at the half. The guys in green rallied to cut the
Cardinal lead to 32-30, when a Jeff Henry buzzer-beater found its mark to finish out the third quarter on a postive note and put
Big Mo in a green uniform to start the fourth quarter. GRC answered with five unanswered points to begin the final stanza,
opening the lead back to 37-30, but the Mustangs would close the gap to four and threaten on several occasions inside the two
minute mark, 42-38 with 1:40 left, 44-40 at :50, but would come no closer as we were forced to foul late in the game resulting in
Clark County spreading the gap in the final seconds to 52-43.
Coach Schlarman reminded our players after the game that we were the team with the second best record in the history of the
school at 23-8 and that with hard work and perserverence over the summer and into next season that we should look to duplicate
this team's efforts and plan on being back in the Fieldhouse again next March as bona fide contenders.
Jeff Henry led the Mustangs in their final game with 19 points, fourteen of them coming in the
second half, and his running-mate in the backcourt Andy Kremer contributed 8 points on the night.
Mitch Orth, Kevin Smith, and Evan McDole were all held to four points apiece, while Rob Doyle and
Derrick Rhoden contributed a bucket each. Three Cardinals put up double figures including Preston's
17, Stephen Columbia's 12, and Randall Genrty's 11.
The Cardinals improve to 22-10 and will have the unenviable task of unseating the defending 10th
Region Champion Mason County Royals in the Saturday night finals at 7:30pm.
The really tough part of playing your last game is that of seeing the high school careers of your
seniors come to an end. Tonight the Brossart Mustangs lose the services of Andy Kremer, the last
remaining member of our 2000 State Tournament team, who it seems was just a kid sitting in the stands at Embry-Riddle
watching the Mustangs play Summer Camp ball at Daytona Beach back in 1999. Andy Kremer has become a top defensive
player as well as becoming a very capable floor general. Jeff Henry has perfected his shot and his game over the past four years
to become an accomplished shooting guard, who in this game against Clark County made every effort to take the game over and
get us to the finals. Mitch Orth, the bluest of blue collar players, has always given 110% and was willing to sacrafice his body
and soul for the wellbeing of the team. Orth, who led the Mustangs in charges taken this season, stood in and took one more for
the team in his last high school game. Mitch has truly earned the title - Warrior. These seniors exemplify everything good
about Brossart Mustangs basketball. They are scholars in the classroom, gentlemen off the court, good citizens in the
community, and competitors on the floor and they will indeed be missed.
Best of luck to the Clark County Cardinals!!!
The Mason County Royals would defeat Clark County 78-51 in the finals of the 10th Region Tournament and go on to become
State Champions. The Mustangs would have liked another shot at them in the Regional finals but Clark County had earned that
As we look at the upcoming season many have the mighty defending state champion Royals already pencilled in to win their third
consecutive Regional title and the question among them is, "Can they repeat as State Champions." A lot can happen year to year
and we like to think that our 2002-03 seven-strong sophomore class who are now juniors have matured to the point where they,
along with Derrick Rhoden and Rob Doyle will be able to challenge the Royals for the title this year. Mason County is still playing
football as of this writing and the toll taken by the extended football season could well factor in. The fact that the Royals were on
a season-long emotional high all last year will be hard for them to repeat ...... so we will have to wait and see. We will first
concentrate our efforts on earning rings in the All "A" Tournament this year and then turn our focus ahead to repeating as 38th
District Champions and 10th Region contenders.
Coach Schlarman and the Mustangs will begin to write the seventh chapter of the Willie Schlarman era Mustangs saga on Friday,
December 5th when we play Pendleton County at home to open the 2003-04 season.
We wish them luck!!!!