It was a record-breaking week for Eldon sophomore basketball player Sara Rhine as she took two milestones in stride while leading the Lady Mustangs to victory.
On Feb. 4, the ladies traveled to Warsaw and snagged a 67-46 win over the Lady Wildcats.
The Mustangs started out a little rough, but outscored the Wildcats 21-7 in the second quarter and were off and running for the victory.
Sara Rhine scored 26 points for the night and also seized a berth in Mustang history. Rhine passed the 500-points for the season mark with her outing. She was aggressive throughout the game, nabbing seven steals along the way.
Treva Hankey added 10 points while Hannah Green and Becca Lasson had six each. Logan Reed finished with five points, and Sarah Evers, Jordyn Schmidt, and Morgan Koerner added four apiece.
On Thursday, the Lady Mustangs hosted conference rival Blair Oaks and were dealt a 76-46 loss by the Lady Falcons.
With an 18-17 start, it was the second quarter that put the Lady Mustangs behind on the scoreboard, taking a 31-26 deficit into the half. The second half was worse, as they were outscored 25-5 in the third and struggled to make it up in the final round.
Sara Rhine once again led with 19 points.
On Saturday, they hosted Hallsville for the Mustang senior recognition game and cruised to a 64-40 victory over the Indians.
The Lady Mustangs held the Indians scoreless until late in the first quarter and took a 26-13 lead into the half. Hallsville battled back in the third, falling behind only five points in scoring, but Eldon put it to the court and held on to the victory.
Rhine finished with 25 points and passed the 1,000-point mark for her career in the first quarter. Hogan added 10 points and Schmidt and Evers added eight each.
The Lady Mustangs finish their regular season on the road this week at Osage on Thursday and Versailles on Friday.
The Eldon boys team had a busy week and picked up another three losses for the effort.
The Mustangs fell 82-57 to Blair Oaks on Feb. 5 at home despite a second quarter lead.
Eldon started the game with a full-on offensive effort and kept it close with a 21-17 lead after the first quarter. They led for most of the second quarter, but a Falcons buzzer shot put the Mustangs down 32-29 at the half.
The third quarter yielded only 9points for the Mustangs while the Falcons came on with 25 of their own to cruise out to a substantial lead. Another 25-point Blair Oaks quarter to finish the game also finished the Mustangs.
Chris Hulsey finished with 23 points with Beau Roseblock adding eight. Blake Randall and Graham Baucom both finished with seven.
On Friday the Mustangs were at California for a 54-44 loss to the Pintos, and on Saturday the Hallsville Indians dealt the Mustangs a double-overtime 66-71 blow.
The Mustangs started out their senior recognition game with a solid effort, keeping it close but still down 15-18 after the first quarter.
The battle continued with the Mustangs taking the lead in the second quarter only to have it snatched away with the help of a Hallsville three-point buzzer shot to end the half 31-36 Hallsville.
Hallsville took control in the third quarter and cruised to a 50-43 lead to enter the final round. Josh Jones came alive in the fourth, putting up eight points to give the Mustangs a two-point lead with three minutes left in the game.
The Mustang defense went into high gear and all but shut down the Indians, allowing only two Hallsville points early in the quarter and it looked like Eldon might pull off a victory when Jones' three point shot found purchase and the "Stangs were up 54-52.
The final points in the regular game would be for Hallsville as they connected for a game-tying two points with 3:20 left in the game. No other scoring would happen before the final buzzer to send them into overtime.
Hallsville scored first on a free throw, but Eldon came back with their own two-pointer with just :39 left on the OT clock and took a slim 56-55 lead. Less than 10 seconds later the Indians would connect for two at the free-throw line and Eldon was down again. Another free-throw put the Indians up 58-56 with nine seconds left in the game but Jones would come through again, connecting on his two free throws to tie it and send the game into a second overtime with the score tied at 58-58.
Turnovers and fouls would end up costing the Mustangs in the final four minutes as the Indians pulled ahead to take the win.
Joe Limbach finished with 21 points including five in the second overtime. Hulsey ended with 15 and Jones had 14.
Senior Zac Shreve connected for seven points, while fellow seniors Blake Randall and Roseblock added four apiece. Senior Logan Shinn contributed two points to start off the game, and Thomas Krieghaauser also added two.
The Mustangs were at Osage last night and will travel to Versailles on Friday. Their final regular season game is on the road at Hickman on Feb. 22.