The Leander Lions dominated the Marble Falls Mustangs on Tuesday by a lopsided score of 78-37.
It was a much-needed win for the Lions after losing in a nail-biter to Cedar Park last Friday.
“I thought our offensive execution was pretty solid, we didn’t turn the ball over very much,” Leander coach Clint Bradley said. “We had a balanced attack, we got the ball into the interior, and we also took very high percentage perimeter shots.”
Junior point guard Kristian Murphy was the instigator for Leander in the opening quarter alongside senior guard David Bonner. Both had six points to start the game while junior Chase Cotton scored four points in the quarter. The Mustangs were limited to a total of eight points in the opening quarter, only finding success from beyond the arc. They could not find any offensive rhythm and could not stop the strong Leander scorers. At the half, the Lions led 40-19.
“We’re feeling pretty good,” Leander junior JP Stevens said after the victory.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Cotton rushed passed the defenders and slammed in an impressive dunk that finished off any remaining hope for the
“I was just dribbling down, like my warmups, and it just happened,” Cotton said. “It’s pretty exciting actually.”
Cotton totaled 13 points in the game while Stevens finished with 14, with 11 of those points coming from the second half. Bonner finished the game with 12.
Marble Falls was held to just 18 points in the final half of the game. Senior O’Ryan Ficklin and junior Ethan O’ Riley were the only sparks for the Mustangs, and will look to lead their team to a better performance as the season progresses. Leander goes on to face East View in Georgetown.
“East View is an athletic team who is very aggressive on the offensive end, and so we’re going to have to do a good job of just guarding them,” Bradley said of tomorrow’s matchup.
Jack Densmore is a senior at Leander High School participating in the Texas Top 100 Academy for Young Writers program. He also serves as the editor-in-chief for the LHS online newspaper. Follow him on Twitter at @densmorejack.