The Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs entered a Tuesday night clash with the Walton Raiders at home, looking to rebound from a slow start to the season. The Mustangs began the night with a 1-5 record, looking to avenge multiple close losses early, including a loss at the buzzer to East Paulding. Students and parents filed into the gym to see the upcoming matchup, avoiding the brisk weather.
The Mustangs won the tip-off, and the game was underway. The first quarter was a defensive struggle, as neither team could find a rhythm. The teams battled to gain control, and the first quarter was back and forth, ending with the score deadlocked at 11-11.
The second quarter was much of the same as both teams traded baskets and free throws, both unable to take control. As the second quarter came to a close with the sound of the buzzer, both teams headed into their locker rooms with the Raiders holding a 24-22 lead.
Walton came out of the locker room ready, as they had a game-high 20 point quarter, jumping ahead to their biggest lead of the night ending the third quarter with a score of 44-37. The Raiders didn’t miss a beat to begin the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 9 with only 3 minutes remaining in the contest. However, the Mustangs refused to concede and fought back, shortening the deficit to only 3 with 1:30 left on the clock. Ultimately, the Mustangs were unable to complete the comeback, falling 59-55 to the red-hot Raiders. Perry Robinson lead the Mustangs in scoring with 26 points and Carson Adler and Cole Morris lead the Raiders in scoring with 14 points each.
The 6-1 Raiders look to continue their hot start on Thursday night as travel to take on the Hillgrove Hawks, and the Mustangs will look to avenge their season opener loss to Etowah as they take on the Eagles in a rematch at home on Friday night.