Kremmling " Mustangs thrash Wildcats but get edged by Tigers |

Kremmling " Mustangs thrash Wildcats but get edged by Tigers

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News
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The West Grand boys basketball team unleashed a 23-point outburst in the third quarter on Saturday to easily pull away to a 60-25 win over the North Park Wildcats.

The play in that quarter was a treat for fans who love to see efficiency, crisp passing and perimeter shooting. Mackenzie Widener hit three three pointers and Cory Davis added a long-range bomb of his own.

When the Wildcats tried to stop the outside onslaught, Sky Handyside, Tim Ritschard and Marshall Kraker made them pay with seven points on the interior.

The game started with North Park jumping to a six-point lead with Coby Corkle dominating the inside. The Mustangs turned it around behind eight points from Marshall Kraker and West Grand took a 15-11 first quarter lead.

Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter as the Wildcats kept within five points of the lead.

The wheels came off for the visiting Wildcats in the second half, however, when they were able to score only six points in the entire half.

Coach Leo Pesch unleashed his fastbreak attack and it wore down the Wildcats, which suit up only seven players.

“We played pretty well in that game,” Pesch said. “Our hard work in practice is starting to pay off with more crispness to our attack.”

Widener lead the team in scoring with 24 points. In the game, he nailed four three pointers. Davis hit on three treys of his own and he finished with 13 points. Kraker added nine to the victorious total.

The victory improved West Grand’s record to 6-5.

On Friday night, the Mustangs lost a tough battle to the Hayden Tigers. The game was close throughout, with the host Tigers leading by one point after one quarter and West Grand leading by two points at the half. The Tigers regained the lead in the third quarter and headed into the final frame with a 46-44 lead.

In a wild final frame, the Tigers outscored the Mustangs 20-19 to secure the final 66-64 advantage.

It appeared that West Grand had tied the score when Widener wound his way downcourt for a layup to know the score at 64 points apiece. The basket was disallowed, however, when the Mustangs were called for basket interference.

West Grand wasn’t able to get another clean look at the basket and Hayden’s Murphy Smartt hit a late free throw to secure the final advantage.

Kraker led the Mustangs in scoring with 22 points, while Widener had 18 points and Davis chipped in with 10 points.

Coach Pesch applauded a supreme effort in what has always been a tough environment for West Grand. Hayden has become a league power in all sports recently and this year appears to be no different.

The Tigers are also blessed with an abundance of tall players. They have two 6 foot, 3 inch players and two who stand 6 feet, 5 inches. One of those 6 foot, five inch players, Zach Barnes, led the Tigers in scoring with 23 points.

This week, the Mustangs travel to Meeker on Saturday for their only competition of the week.

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