Kremmling " Mustangs hang tough but can’t overcome Cowboy attack
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When Meeker and West Grand met before Christmas in a tournament in Granby, the Meeker Cowboys notched an impressive 18-point victory over the boys from West Grand High School.
Although Meeker won this past weekend in a game played in Meeker, 67-54, it was a bit of a different story.
The Mustangs were within a few points for much of the game, yielding a clear advantage only when the game’s final moments drained from the clock.
The inside-outside attack of Meeker proved to be too much for West Grand. The Cowboys have a pair of sophomore post players that each have a solid “back-to-basket” game. Tyler Gerloff scored 18 points while Dakota Rowlett scored 10 for the host Cowboys.
Brian Crowe scored 18 points for the Cowboys. The shooting guard had four three-pointers, including two that came at critical times in the fourth quarter.
For the Mustangs, senior post player Marshall Kraker led the team in scoring with 16 points. Mackenzie Widener had 11 while Cory Davis scored 10 points.
The two teams battled throughout the game as Meeker coach Klark Kindler and coach Leo Pesch of West Grand matched wits throughout.
The Cowboys took a 19-15 point lead after the first quarter. For West Grand, Kraker led the team in scoring with six points, while Widener notched five, including one from beyond the three-point arc.
The Mustangs tightened up their interior defense in the second quarter. Rowlett and Gerloff were held to only two points, after scoring a combined 11 points in the initial frame. The Cowboys got four points from freshman Jake Nieslanik to help even the scoring.
In the second frame, Kraker scored another five points while Ryan Smith came off of the bench for West Grand to score four points.
In the third frame, the Mustangs got three-pointers from Widener as well as senior Rory Menhennett. Connor Widener and Sky Handyside also notched two-point baskets in the frame.
However, Meeker was able to score 18 points and pulled away at the end of the quarter to take a 10-point advantage.
West Grand was able to chip away at that lead, but when senior point guard Mackenzie Widener was whistled for a touch foul, one of the main outside shooting threats for the Mustangs was lost.
Coach Pesch asked Cory Davis to use his strength on the interior and the senior was able to score two baskets and two free throws to cut the advantage to less than five points.
However, it was at that point of the final quarter that Meeker’s Crowe hit two three-pointers to put the game out of reach from West Grand.
The Mustangs host a couple of league contests this weekend, with games against Grand Valley on Friday and Soroco on Saturday.
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