Musketeers Open Up Conference Play

Jayden Birkner, Staff Writer

Coming off a highly emotional and exciting win against Cairo, the Musketeers traveled to Steeleville to take on the Warriors. The Warriors have had the Musketeers number for their past few meetings, but the Musketeers were ready to take on their conference rival.

For the first few minutes of the game, it was a back and forth battle. Bryce Amann opened up the scoring with a layup on the first possession. Carter wiegard knocked down a three and Jayden Birkner scored a layup off the dish from Alex Kueker. In the middle of the first it was 8-7 Steeleville. From that point on the Warriors took over the game, going on a huge scoring run. The Musketeers were not getting back on defense and the Warriors got easy transition buckets. The score was 17-7 Warriors at the end of the first.

The Warriors continued pouring it onto the Musketeers in the second quarter. The Musketeers could not take the lid off the basket and continued to turn the ball over. Their deficit increased to 38-12 going into half.

The second half was much of the same for the Musketeers. They could not do anything offensively and were struggling defensively. The final score was 55-24 in favor of the Warriors.

The following conference matchup was the home opener for the Musketeers and they took on the Dupo Tigers. The Musketeers knew a win was well within their reach for this game but knew they needed to go out and play hard.

The Musketeers came out with a lot of intensity. They guarded their men full court and trapped them when possible. The offense did not follow in the first quarter unfortunately and the score was only 12-6 in favor of Red Bud after the horn sounded.

The Musketeers continued playing hard nosed defense. They were harassing the guys they guarded and forcing many turnovers. Wiegard hit two threes in the quarter and Kueker put in two two point buckets. The score was 26-8 going into half.

The Musketeers kept the pressure on the Tigers in the second half. They forced them to play fast which resulted in them throwing the ball away and turning it over. In result, the Musketeers got many easy transition layups and jump shots. The Musketeers won the game 59-21.

The Musketeers travel to East Alton Wood River to take on the Oilers on Tuesday and conference opponent Valmeyer Pirates at home on Saturday.