Two Lund High School girls basketball players fight for a rebound over Sandy Valley in their 48-44 home loss Friday. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Two Lund High School girls basketball players fight for a rebound over Sandy Valley in their 48-44 home loss Friday.
(Garrett Estrada photo)

The Lund High School girl’s basketball team put up some fights on their home floor during their homecoming weekend.

In the first part of a double-header weekend for the Mustangs, Sandy Valley shot out to an early lead. Team coach  Rick Hendrix spoke with the team about needing to pick up the pace and start running with them.

“I was pretty vocal. We were just slow and were getting outplayed on both ends of the floor,” Hendrix said.

The Mustangs responded, looking almost like a different team in the second half. Hendrix’s talk about speed was visible on the court, as the Mustangs played more aggressively on defense, which led to several breakaway layups. It looked like a complete comeback, but there was just one problem.

“If we could only make our free throws,” the coach said.

The Mustangs struggled from the free throw line in the second half, a problem that has plagued the team all season. When the Sandy Valley Sidewinders began to recover in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs were unable to hold onto a lead, often leaving points on the court with missed attempts.

The Sidewinders pulled away, taking the game 48-44. But the Mustangs were determined to get things back in order Saturday.

Through a strong offensive performance by Tatum Hendrix, the team was able to do just that, defeating the Beaver Dam Diamondbacks 43-37 on the day that student’s showed up to celebrate Homecoming.

The boy’s basketball team had a harder time, losing to Sandy Valley and Beaver Dam. The two losses dropped the team to 0-14 on the season.

According to Lund High School’s principal Alan Hedges, the school celebrates Homecmoing during basketball season because the school often does not have enough students to form a football team.

Both teams’ losses on Friday did little to hinder the school spirit of the students however, as they gathered around a large bonfire to celebrate the school tradition.

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