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The Marion County R-II boys basketball team went into this week’s Monroe City Tournament on the strength of their first victory of the season.
After losing their season opener, 66-58, at Community last Tuesday, the Mustangs went on the road again for a 58-41 victory at Bevier, Thursday.
The Mustangs took control from the start, opening with an 18-8 run and going into halftime with a commanding 39-14 lead.
Wyatt Goldinger lead the team’s balanced scoring with 15 points including 11 in the first half.
Jackson Stewart and Joey Lagemann joined him in double digits with 11 each, and Root Cheney almost did but sank three three-pointers for nine points.
Also contributing were Spencer Whetstone and Cooper Stotts with six each.
After a falling behind to start the game at Community, the Mustangs recovered to trail by three at the half.
But they could not get any closer and were out-scored 36-31 the rest of the way.
Goldinger sank seven field goals, including a three pointer, and hit 12 of 17 free throws for a game-high 27 points.
Also scoring for Marion County were Cooper Stotts, nine, Caden Stotts, seven, Lagemann, five, Porter Britt, three, Stewart, three, Whetstone, two, and Keegan McIntosh, two.
This week, the Mustangs are competing at the Monroe City Tournament, opening against the top-seeded host squad at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
11/30 at Comm. L 58-66, 0-1
12/2 at Bevier W 58-41, 1-1
12/6-11 Monroe City Tourn.
12/7 Monroe City
12/13 North Shelby
12/14 at Higbee
1/4 at Brashear
1/10 at Wells-Mid.
1/11 Macon County
1/17-22 N. Shelby Tourn.
1/25 at Atlanta
1/28 at Mark Twain
1/31 Scotland County
2/5 at Silex
2/7-12 Brashear Tourn.
2/15 at Canton
2/17 South Shelby