The Mustangs defeated WIC East foe Cascade 73-49 at home on Friday night but lost to #2 ranked 1A Bloomfield 57-47 on the road Saturday night.
Both games were polar opposites in several regards. On Friday the Mustangs played an average first half before exploding in the third quarter. On Saturday the Mustangs came out of the gates in a full gallop, but fell apart in the 4th quarter.
On Friday EHS jumped out 21-15 behind Brayden Patton’s 4 baskets. Patton scored 21 in just under three quarters to lead all scorers. Cascade outscored the Mustangs 12-10 in the second quarter, but Edgewood managed to lead 31-27 at the half. Junior Cooper Bybee went off in the 3rd quarter scoring 13 in the frame; Bybee scored 21 in the game. Edgewood won the quarter 28-8 and had a 59-35 lead going into the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter was a wash with both teams scoring 14. Sophomore Curtis Cowden scored 4 for the Mustangs.
Junior Caleb Norris led all rebounders with 7. Freshman Joe Kido led EHS with 7 assists. EHS comitted 12 turnovers but dished out 19 assists. Ciole Cradick added 12 points, Tanner Thomas 8, Cowden 4, Chayton Howard 3, and Ryan Stuffle 2.
On Saturday EHS Edgewood shots lights out making 10 of 12 shots from the field in the opening period. EHS found themslelves up 17-4 midway through the first Q, but the highly touted Bloomfield Cardinals started dominating the glass and fighting back into the game. The score was 21-11 after period one in favor on EHS. All five starters scored for Edgewood in the quarter. Quarter two saw Bloomfield scrap back a little closer with their big man scoring 9 and leading BHS back to a smaller 26-33 deficit. The two teams traded baskets in the 3rd quarter with both teams scoring 11 and EHS leading 44-37. However, from that point the wheels fell off for Edgewood. The Mustangs lost their poise, started turning the ball over, and got blitzed 20-3 in the frame.
EHS was led by Patton with 17 points. Bybee scored 11, Cradick, 8, Thomas 6, Brown 3, and Kido 2. Kido dished out 5 assists. Patton led in rebounds with 6.
It was an interesting weekend and there were tons of positives for us. Granted we didn’t finish well on Saturday, but that was likely my fault. First…they were really good, and they played very, very well. I waited too long to call a couple timeouts, but I always hope to see guys handle adversity and right the ship on their own. We just didn’t do that, but I’ll bet we learn from it.
I also need to identify where to go after player 6. I have several guys competing for 7th and 8th man positions, but no one has grabbed on to those roles as of yet. I need someone to step up and earn more playing time by contributing immediately when on the floor…especially at the defensive end and on the glass.
On the positive side we played about as well as we possibly could have in the 3rd quarter Friday and in the first quarter and a half Saturday. We either need to get into better shape or find more depth. Obviously, we need to gain more consistency.
My biggest worry is simply that we haven’t handle pressure situations too well over the last year and a half. We have improved a great deal, but we get tentative and stop executing when it’s crunch time. That must change. We’ve got to relish big moments not away shirk from them.
The good news is that we are 2-0 in the WIC East with a chance to go 3-0 on the road Friday at North Putnam. On Saturday we get another of the “big boys” coming to town with Mooresville visiting here. It’s another great opportunity.