BLUE SPRINGS - The Mantachie Mustangs and Lady Mustangs turned up Highway 9 in Blue Springs to take on the East Union Urchins in division 1-2A action last Friday night, but were unable to bring a win back to Itawamba County with them.
(G) East Union 62, Mantachie 40
The Lady Urchins started fast. Really fast.
Tianna Castillo broke away for a layup off the opening tip, and it was
answered by a Madison McMillen layup on the other end to make the score 2-2.
That was about all of the good news in the first quarter for the Lady Mustangs. East Union proceeded to go on an 18-0 run over the next 5:16, taking a 20-2 lead before back-to-back buckets by Kennedy Jones and McMillen ended the streak.
Trailing 21-6 after the opening quarter, the second quarter featured more of the same for the Lady Mustangs. Mantachie struggled from the field, and the Lady Urchins struggled to miss.
An 11-0 run to start the second quarter pushed the lead to 32-6, before McMillen hit a jumper from the top of the key and McKinley Montgomery added a block jumper to get Mantachie to double-digits.
East Union would then end the half on a 9-0 run to take a 41-10 lead at the break.
Mantachie got some offensive production in the third quarter, but the Lady Urchins caught fire from beyond the arc to extend their lead 56-21 heading into the final quarter of the game. While the final eight minutes belonged to Mantachie, too much damage had been done.
The Lady Mustangs went on a 17-2 run to start off the final period, thanks to a couple of layups by Hannah Bishop and jumpers from Montgomery.
There simply wasn't enough time on the clock for the comeback effort to be legitimate, and the Lady Urchins took a 62-40 division victory over the Lady Mustangs.
Montgomery led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points, with 7 of them coming in the final quarter, and McMillen finished with 12 points.
(B) East Union 63, Mantachie 45
The first quarter of the boys' game might as well have been Mantachie vs. the Fightin' Ty McDonalds.
McDonald, East Union's 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound standout, lit up the Mustangs for 14 of East Union's 20 points, as the Urchins held a 20-11 lead after the opening period.
East Union hit their first three attempts from behind the 3-point line, but Trevor Herring did his best to keep the Mustangs close, as he knocked down a pair of deep threes from the top of the key.
Trailing 35-17 at the half, Mantachie senior Jake Mears went on a rampage to try and get the Mustangs back in the game.
Mantachie went on a 13-5 run just minutes into the third quarter, with all 13 points coming from the fingertips of Mears.
The Mustangs managed to cut the lead to 49-33 after three quarters, but that was as close as they would get, falling 63-45.
Mears led the Mustangs with 20 points, while Herring added 12.