Stanton has a deep bench and showed Friday that it isn’t afraid to keep fresh legs in the game.
The Mustangs opened the season with a 71-29 loss on the road against Howells-Dodge. The Jaguars already had a game after falling to Class C1 Pierce 54-31 on Thursday.
Mustang coach Cole Beebe, who is in his first year at the helm, said the depth will bode well for Stanton this year.
“We were deeper on the bench than we have been in previous years, so we had more experience going in,” Beebe said. “I liked how the kids were working so well together.”
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Howells-Dodge jumped out to a 16-0 lead over Stanton before Owen Vogel dropped a 3-pointer to put the Mustangs on the board late in the first quarter. The Jaguars’ hot hand continued in the second half with a big 25-9 third quarter over Stanton.
Abe Larson and Parker Krusemark led the Mustangs with eight points each. Blake Sindelar put up a game-high 21 points for the Jaguars.
Bebe said the Jaguars were more hungry for the win after their opening loss, but that means the Mustangs will have the same hunger Saturday as they look to bounce back.
“I, as are the kids, am relieved to get the first game out of the way,” Bebbe said. “Now we can get back into the season and play Tekamah. We’re in the same position Howells was — we’re hungry for a win.”
The Mustangs (0-1) will open at home on Saturday afternoon against Tekamah-Herman (1-0).
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Stanton 3 9 9 7 — 28
Howells-Dodge 19 14 25 13 — 71
Stanton: Abe Larson 8, Parker Krusemark 8, Matt Reese 2, Joe Butterfield 5, Owen Vogel 5.
Howells-Dodge: Lance Brester 5, Aiden Meyer 3, Jacob Tomack 14, Gavin Nelson 10, Brittin Sindelar 2, Colton Kloson 4. RJ Bayer 12, Blake Sindelar 21.