By Morgan Dinkler
On December 29th and 30th, the Silver Lake Mustangs hosted the 28th annual Holiday Tournament. To start off the tournament the Red Cloud Warriors and the Shelton Bulldogs battled. To follow them the Silver Lake Lady Mustangs took on the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves. To start off the game, the Lady Mustangs came out strong scoring fourteen points. The Timberwolves did the same scoring fourteen and tying the game at the end of the first. Going into the second quarter the Mustangs scored 12 points while the Timberwolves only scored four. At the end of the second, the score was 26-18. In the third quarter, the Mustangs still outscored the Timberwolves. The Mustangs scored 14 to the Timberwolves’ 12. This left the score 40-30 at the end of the third. Going into the final quarter, the Timberwolves outscored the Mustangs this time, but the Mustangs pulled together and won the game 50-42. Senior Georgi tenBensel led the team with 20 points and sophomore Emma Schmidt followed close behind with 15 points. Sophomore Katy Soucek led the team with 8 rebounds. tenBensel and freshman Sophie Schmidt followed both of them with 4 rebounds. Coach Sinsel said, “I was proud of the girls coming out so strongly after coming off of a break. Exeter-Milligan is much better than their record shows, and they are coached extremely well, so I knew we needed to come out strong. The girls executed and followed our game plan very well.” After the win on Friday, the Lady Mustangs came back on Saturday and took on the Shelton Bulldogs. Unfortunately, the Mustangs fell to the Bulldogs, 66-9. They ended the tournament with the second place plaque, with their record at 5-3 to finish 2022.