Mustangs Defeat Rebels, 62-57
Claim D13 Tourney First-Seed
HUNTINGDON (February 7) — In District 13A high school basketball action, the Huntingdon Mustangs, fueled by the scoring of Keeton Bailey (20) and respective 11-point performances by Dylan Johnson and Jeremiah Pearson, defeated the McKenzie Rebels, 62-57 to earn the season-sweep and first seed in the upcoming boy’s District 13A District Tournament commencing via satellite action on Tuesday, February 14. In the girls contest, the Fillies erupted
Photos by Joel Washburn / The McKenzie Banner for 33 first-period points en route to defeating the Lady Rebels, 89-41.
Via three-way coin-toss at Bethel University on Wednesday, February 8 between the Fillies, Gleason and Dresden, Huntingdon claimed first seed in the girls District 13A Tournament that commenced with satellite action at the higher seed on Monday, February 13.
Mustangs 62, Rebels 57
In a defense-tinged first period of play, Huntingdon combined the offensive production of Tyrese Mebane (trey, deuce) with a deuce by Dylan Johnson and two free throw swishes by Keeton Bailey to narrowly outscore McKenzie, 9-7. McKenzie was paced in the fourth frame by the scoring of Dajour Edmondson (trey) and deuces by Tyler King and Brandon Baucum.
As both teams opened up offensively, McKenzie combined Edmonson’s seven free throw swishes with a trey and deuce by Baucum, a two-pointer by Preston Henderson, two free throw conversions by Bryce Wiggins and a charity swish by King to net 17 points in the second frame and trail the Mustangs at the half, 28-24. Huntingdon was led in the second canto via the scoring of Keeton Bailey (two treys, two charity swishes), Jeremiah Pearson (trey, deuce), Kaleel Bailey (trey, free throw swish) and Devin Brown deuce.
Resuming play in the second half, Huntingdon and McKenzie battled on both ends of the court as the Mustangs cobbled the scoring of Keeton Bailey (trey, two deuces, charity toss) Mebane (deuce, free throw conversion), and respective two-pointers by Brown and Davion Phillips to outscore McKenzie, 15-12, and lead at the start of the fourth period, 43- 36.
Threatening down the stretch, McKenzie utilized the gritty inside scoring of King (10) and a trifecta by Henderson to close Huntingdon’s lead to two before falling, 62-57.
Huntingdon was paced via the scoring of Keeton Bailey (20), Johnson (11), Jeremiah Pearson (11), Mebane (8), Kaleel Bailey (6), Phillips (4) and Brown (2).
McKenzie was led offensively by King (18), Edmonson (16), Baucum (12), Henderson (8) and Wiggins (3).
Fillies 89, Lady Rebels 41
Unleashing offensively from the game-opening tip, Huntingdon fused the production of Taylor Smith (three trifectas, deuce), Jesica Keith (two deuces, three charity swishes), Alli Jones (trey, two deuces), LeAnn Webb (trey), Jasmine Dupree (trey) and Marisa Belew (two-pointer) to roll out to a 33-13 lead over the Lady Rebels at the end of the first canto. McKenzie was led in the first period via the scoring of Anna Comer (trey, deuce, two charity swishes), Jacey Davis (trey), Shelby Davis (two free throw conversions) and Bailey Nelson (free throw toss).
Continuing to heat up the arc, Huntingdon outscored McKenzie in the second period, 25-8, and led at the half, 58- 21.
Battling back in the second half, McKenzie combined the scoring of Nelson (4), J. Davis (4), S. Davis (4) and Comer (3) to net 15 points and trail Huntingdon at the start of the final frame, 75-36.
Switching to reserves, Huntingdon coupled the scoring of Tyasia Reed (6), Leah Hayes (4), Macey Culbreath (2) and Alexys Stephens (2) to outscore McKenzie in the fourth frame, 12-5, en route to its commanding, 89-41 win.
Huntingdon was paced via the scoring of Smith (19 points including five treys), Keith (17), Jones (9), Cheyenne Childress (7), Hayes (7), Reed (6), Grace Angelos (6), Webb (5), Kaci Fuller (4), Dupree (3), Belew (2), Samantha Dunn (2), Belew and Stephens ( 2). McKenzie was led offensively by Comer (12), Jacey Davis (11), Shelby Davis (8), Nelson (5), Katlyn Morgan (3) and Olivia Wright (2).