By Rich Winter
A tough season opener for Anthony Muilenburg’s Bennett County girls as they opened their season in Mission against a guard-heavy team that ran the floor and applied a suffocating press.
Todd County, applying a full-court press forced a ton of turnovers, started the game on fire and jumped out to a big lead early before winning the contest, 87-20.
Despite the lopsided loss, Muilenberg talked abut his teams unwillingness to give up.
“I learned that even when a game is kind of out of reach, my girls continue to show heart and play hard,” Muilenburg said. “There was no quit in them. This week we will really be working on taking care of the basketball, hustling, and defense.”
The night started off brilliantly for the Bennett County girls who came from behind to win the C game.
While Todd County won the junior varsity game, Muilenberg had praise for some of his younger players.
“Eden, Stefonna, and Baily stood out to me in both the C and JV games. They gave us energy in the second half of the C game and allowed us to come back and win that game,” Muilenburg said. “They also created turnovers and opportunities for them and others to score. Keisha and Carissa stood out to me in the Varsity game. They came in off the bench and really helped us get on the score board.”
A full week of practice and getting the first-game jitters out should help the cause. Bennett County opens their home schedule by hosting Gordon-Rushville on Friday.
On Saturday, the Warriors travel to Presho to take on Region 7B’s Lyman, Lady Raiders.