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Cold shooting dooms Cougars in 60-24 loss to Mustangs

January 25, 2019 GMT

LAUGHLIN — Shooting percentage was the difference maker in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A South League conference clash.

The Laughlin High School Cougars suffered a 60-24 loss to their rivals, Needles High School, at home on Jan. 15.

Laughlin is now 4-8 overall and 1-7 in league play. As for Needles, the win makes the Mustangs 6-8 overall and 4-4 in the league, according to Nevada Preps.

“If we shot better (on the season) we would be in all these games,” head coach Gary Reese said. “However, that comes with hard work. I’ve got 35 summer games set up. If we get five or six kids out, next year will look different.”

Eighteen of the Mustangs’ 60 points came from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Dawson Yeager had his range dialed early as he made two

3-pointers in the first quarter to stretch the Mustang lead to 12-6.

Yeager was the night’s leading scorer, finishing with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

Laughlin made a push for the lead in the early minutes of the second quarter after junior guard Diego Trujillo knocked down both free throws after being fouled to make it 14-11, capping a quick 5-2 burst by the Cougars.

The Mustangs, though, didn’t let Laughlin get any closer. An 18-0 run over the remainder of the second quarter pretty much sealed the outcome, leaving Needles with a 32-11 halftime lead.

The third quarter didn’t go much better for Laughlin as the Cougars scored only five points in the quarter. The offensive chances were there; the shots just did not fall.

Additionally, the Cougars left 15 points at the line making only eight of 23 free throws. The Mustangs went 13-for-20.

Needles junior forward Semaj Howell made five out of seven free throws during his 15-point outing. He was the second-leading scorer on the night.