|Mustangs Freshmen And JVs Tip
Off The Season With A Split With
The Bourbon County Colonels
November 29, 2004
|The Freshmen and JVs tipped off the new season by splitting with the Bourbon County Colonels on the road in Paris last night.
The Freshmen fell 39-24 in the opener and the JVs prevailed 51-41 in the nitecap.
Mustang Freshmen Coach Mike Schack's debut and that of his troops will be a memorable one for them. The Mustangs were
outscored 6-0 in the opening period and found themselves down 12-7 at halftime. After some encouraging words from their
coach during intermission, the Mustangs came out of the locker-room on fire to open the third quarter, going on a 7-2 run to tie
the score at 14 when the fire alarms went off and the game went into a delay of about thirty minutes. It seems the smoke being
generated wasn't from the play of our greenies, but an actual fire on the second floor of the school building involving some
student lockers, causing smoke to drift through the second floor hallways and the building to be evacuated.
After sitting on the bus for the best part of a half-hour the team returned to the floor to resume the contest, but seemed to lose
their resolve during the delay. Bourbon County pushed out to a 24-17 lead after three periods and won the contest 39-24.
The Mustang freshmen placed seven players in the scoring column, led by Ben Ridder's six points. Twenty-five turnovers for
the contest proved the Mustangs' undoing and a cold first- half, while the new Mustangs worked out the jitters, didn't help
matters. The good news is that this team has a lot of upside. Take better care of the ball, hit the target more regularly, and
eliminate the layups vs our press are good places to start. The freshmen will attempt to right the ship on Wednesday in a 6:30pm
contest in Brooksville vs the Bracken County Polar Bears.
Box Score: Ridder 1-0-4/4-6, Neltner 1-0-2/3-4, Hertzenberg 0-1-1/2-4, Boesch 1-0-1/4-3,
Moore 1-0-1/4-3, Beckerich 1-0-0/0-2, Stortz 1-0-0/2-2
Total Mustangs: 6-1-9/16-24
Total Colonels: 15-1-6/11-39
The JVs left right off where the sophomores played their last high school game last season in the 10th Region Freshmen
Championship Game when they defeated Mason County for the Region Crown at the same Bourbon County High School.
Our vaunted JVs found themselves tied after a period 9-9 with the homestanding Colonels before pulling away to establish a
24-15 halftime lead. The Mustangs had led 18-9 at one point in the second quarter. The Colonels battled back in the third stanza
re-taking the lead 27-26 with 2:24 to play in the period. Coach Rowe drew on a sound freshmen principal from last season - If
you need a big bucket get the ball to Troy Cooper down on the block and Troy delivered several key baskets to help his team
re-establish the lead 32-28 after three quarters and put the first ball of the season on the wall with a 51-41 W. I would rate
Bourbon County a very competitive JV team, who was able to get the ball inside against us and score effectively.
The JVs also put seven players in the scoring column, topped by sophomore Josh Kidney who
led all scorers with 16 points. Josh played a terriffic game on both ends of the floor in Paris last
night. Troy Cooper established his dominance on the block by putting up 13 points and was the
recipient of some great assist passes by his teammates.
The Mustangs will return to action on Friday night when they play the prelim game vs Pendleton
County at 6:30pm.