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Macksville men win 73-58/ Lady Stangs try for comeback - too little, too late
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Macksville's Tanner Tranbarger goes in for the layup in the first round of Larnad's Keady Classic Basketball Clasic.
Macksville's Tanner Tranbarger goes in for the layup in the first round of Larnad's Keady Classic Basketball Clasic.
By Barry Ragan
Dec. 10, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The Macksville Mustangs men's basketball team came to life in the second half and defeated the Hoisington Cardinals 73-58 Monday afternoon. Macksville advances to Friday's semi-finals against the St. John-Hudson Tigers. The game starts at 4 pm. at Larned's Keady Basketball Classic and held in the Indians' middle school.
Starting out the Mustangs took an early lead and then let Hoisington whittle off some of Macksville's lead, the Mustangs going into the second quarter leading 16-12.
Going into the half half, the Mustangs were leading by one point 39-38.
Things were looking up for Macksville as they took control, out-scoring the Cardinals by 12 points in the third and going into the final quarter ahead 56-43.
The scoring was pretty much even in the final quarter as both teams traded points with the advantage going to the Mustangs by two points.
Macksville won the game 73-58.
“We played smarter in the second half and did a good job on them defensively” said Macksville's head coach Jeff Kuckelman. "Luckily, Jordan (Welch) shot the ball real well and that helped overcome some foul trouble for our guys. We will have to be better if we want to have a chance.”
Scoring for Macksville: Jordon Welch 27, Simon Miller 17, Kaden Herman 12, Tanner Tranbarger 10, Alan Ibarra 4, Mario Carrillo 2, Austin McCaulley 1.
Free Throws made: 23/41 - Miller 9/14, Tranbarger 5/6, Welch 4/6, Ibarra 2/4, Herman 2/9, McCaulley 1/2.
Three points goals made: 6/20 – (Welch 5, Tranbarger).
Macksville made 42 percent of their field goals and 41 percent of their free throws
Turnovers: Macksville 12 - rebounds: 11 ofens, 18 def. - Steals: 10 – Assists, 13 – blocks 2 - personal fouls 22.
The Macksville Lady Mustangs played the Hoisington Cardinals in the first round of Larned's Keady Classic Basketball Tournament, falling behind by 14 in the first half and tried for a comeback, and came within five points in the third quarter, but it was just too little too late as the Lady Stangs lost to the Cardinals 37-28. The Lady Stangs will move into the consolation bracket playing against the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers Thursday afternoon.
Things did not go well for Macksville on offense in the first half with the Lady Stangs just able to muster up 22 percent shooting while the Cardinals were hitting 52 percent of their shots. Melissa Espino canned two three-pointers and Sophie Filbert made two baskets in the first quarter. Then the Stangs went into a scoring drought and didn't score in the second quarter.
The score going into the half had Macksville fourteen points down 10-24.
The Stangs came out of the locker room ready to play, putting a scare into the Cardinals starting the third quarter. The Lady Stangs found the range and swished the nets, making three, 3-pointers, courtesy of junior Tara Bunker's two 3-pointers and freshman Sophie Filbert's 3-pointer.
Hosington managed to score one basket as did Macksville, the score in Hoisington's favor 26-21 midway through the third.
Hoisington came back and started widening their lead, the Mustangs going into the final quarter 12 points down 21-33.
Macksville out-scored the Cardinals in the fourth, getting seven points to Hoisington's four. Three of them from Espino's third three-pointer while Clara Cross made a basket and Bunker a free throw. Unfortunately the Cardinals' lead was just too much to overcome, the Lady Stangs losing the match by nine 28-37.
Scoring for Macksville: Bunker 9 points, Espino 9, Filbert 7, Cross 2.

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