by Jayden Birkner
Two nights after a loss to a solid Wesclin team, the Musketeers had a home contest against the very talented Freeburg Midgets on Dec. 21. They knew they would have their work cut out for them in this matchup. They had blown out last years team, and returned a lot of the same players.
The game started very poorly for the Musketeers. They were getting open looks, but could not convert them into points. The team only was able to put in two points for the quarter, courtesy of free throws from Alex Kueker. Unfortunately, they were not getting it done on the defensive end as well. The zone defense was not working, as players were not getting to where they needed to be. This allowed many open shots for the Midgets who put up 20 points in the first quarter.
A lot of the same continued in the second quarter, although not as terrible. The Musketeers continued to struggle to find the bottom of the net. Kueker put in another two points. Jayden Birkner hit two mid range jump shots in the last minute of the quarter. These buckets were not close to enough, as the Musketeer defense still struggled. Giving up 15 points this quarter was an improvement, however, it was mostly the result of Freeburg missed shots. The score going into the break was 35-9.
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