By Milla Butler
The Mustangs dropped their first win of the season against Axtell on Tuesday, December 5th. After struggling to generate offense in the first quarter with only four points to Axtell’s 17, Silver Lake was able to regroup in the second quarter, led by the charge of sophomore Landon Duester who finished the night with 9 points, to put up 15 points to Axtell’s 12. Going into the break, the Mustangs trailed by just 10. Seniors Tayten Menke, Keaton Karr, and Jordan Faimon added to the Mustang offense with 8, 7, and 6 points, respectively. The Mustangs challenged the Wildcats for rebounds, and each team ended up with 31. Faimon and senior Trey Vance each pulled down 6. Despite the effort, Axtell’s fast-paced play proved too much for the Mustangs in the second half. The final score ended up 62-37 in Axtell’s favor.
For their fourth regular season game, the Mustangs took on the Elba Bluejays at home. At the end of the first quarter, the Mustangs had a strong lead of 30-0. The second quarter score tallied to 18-2, the third quarter 7-1, and the fourth and final quarter 7-0. The final score ended 62-3 in the Mustangs’ favor. The top two scorers against the Bluejays were seniors Jack Sorensen and Jordan Faimon, with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Also leading the team in offense was junior Clay Plambeck with four offensive rebounds. Defensive leaders for the Mustangs include Sorensen with five offensive rebounds and junior Cody Plambeck with four. Commenting on the team’s win, assistant coach Jordan Scott says, “We have been playing really good as a team. We’ve been sharing the ball and not being selfish with it. Communication has been a big emphasis during practice, and as a team, we are doing a lot more of it. It has been paying off not just in the Elba game, but also in the rest of the games following week one.” Speaking on the team’s upcoming game against Kenesaw, Scott comments, “Kenesaw is a physical team, but we have depth and the players that come off the bench do a great job when they go in so they can give our starters a quick breather. Our boys do a great job in practice giving our starters a look at how the other team plays. Friday’s game will be tough, but I believe our players will be ready for them!” Come support the Mustangs as they take on Kenesaw on Friday the 15th.