By Allen Hamrick
Both the Lady Mustang and Mustang basketball teams played in a double header on Wednesday night at the Mustang Coliseum as the teams and the queens were rocking in court on homecoming night. These games would go net to net and be chocked full of action. The Mustang boys were up first against Geary who brought just enough players to put a team together, but they gave it a shot. However, it was like a train against a Tonka truck; yeah, it was a good game but as lop sided as a horse with two legs. The Mustangs capitalized on the few players and simply out distanced them physically and emotionally. By the end of the game, the clock mercifully signaled the end of the game and time to get some nachos. Final score Mustangs 42, Geary 17. Joel Elliot was top shot in the game with nine points. The Lady Mustangs were up next after the blowout of the boys’ game, and it was just as ugly for Geary as the boys game was. The Lady Mustangs simply spurred their horses and ran the courts in a fast paced in your face game and held nothing back. The Geary girls just couldn’t get the shots to fall, and when the massacre was over, it was the Lady Mustangs on top 49-4. Peyton Johnson was top shot with eight points. The Lady Mustang defense was just too much for Geary this time as they kept the heat up under the boards, getting the edge on rebounds and steals and kept Geary guessing
The next day both teams faced off against the tough Spencer teams and these would prove to be nail biters. The Mustangs were up and it looked as though it would be another Mustang blowout as the score at the half was Mustangs 39, Spencer 17. The Spencer team started to rally in the 3rd period as the shots stopped falling for the Mustangs. Spencer started hitting the hoop with bombs that hit the target, and before you knew it, they had closed the gap hitting for 19 points in the 4th period, nearly winning the game. However, the Mustangs managed to get six points in the 4th to just pull out a barn burner win 50- 47. Joel Elliot once again was top shot with 18 followed closely by Lathan Brown with 15. Lady Mustangs were up to do battle next, and once again it was another stress test for their fans. The girls came out firing and dropping some clean shots and quickly put 17 points on the board to take a good lead. Their defense held the Lady Yellow Jackets to single digit scoring in the first half. Like all good things, though, they came to an end. The 2nd period was no piece of cake for the Lady Mustangs as they managed just two points as the Lady Yellow Jackets turned up the heat. When it was over, the Lady Mustangs got back on track and won the game 37-30. Top shot was Rylee Murphy with 12 points.
Wednesday night also was the CCMS basketball homecoming 2024. A touch of class hit the rural hills we call home as Principal Leslie Goe crowned Peyton Johnson as the 2024 CCMS basketball homecoming queen. She had the beauty, poise and grace of a queen that will be remembered. The sound of wild cheers and smiles on parents’ and friends’ faces filled the gym as the crown was set in place. Peyton is deserving of the title of CCMS Homecoming Queen and will be among the queens to grace the halls of the school. She was escorted to the event by Joel Elliot. Her court consisted of 6th grade Princess Layla Stewart escorted by Trenton Parker, 7th grade Princess Lynette Hanna escorted by Levi Rogers and 8th grade Princess Olivia Lanham escorted by Kayden Hersman. Class representatives carrying the respective flags were Andrew Tanner and Layla Parker. Carrying class colors were Gunner Dobbins, Jacob Vance, and Cheyenne Adkins.