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From The News-Courier staff—
MUNDAY—The Munday Moguls didn’t survive their trip to the area round of the playoffs this season, falling by a 53-33 margin to the Hermleigh Cardinals, the No. 2 seed from District 13-1A, at Hamlin last week.
The Moguls survived this test last season, rallying for a 40-38 win over Highland before being eliminated by Jayton in the quarterfinals.
“We didn’t get off to a good start as they had a 12-2 advantage within the first four minutes of the game and we couldn’t ever climb out of that hole,” said Coach Adrian Daniel. “I knew going into the game we couldn’t allow them to score more than 10 in first quarter or we would be in trouble and they finished with 19.”
Daniel felt the Moguls just turned the ball over too many times against the Cardinals’ ball pressure and just couldn’t make shots.
“We shot less than 30 percent from the field and you won’t win many games when that occurs,” he added.
“We played a lot of young kids and for most of them that was the biggest stage they have been in, and you could tell they had jitters.”
The Moguls cut the lead to eight on three occasions and to seven another time, but just couldn’t come up with a stop and buckets to get any closer.
“We will miss the three seniors who had a lot of size, but I’m looking forward to our future,” Daniel continued.
Daniel admitted the Moguls struggled to start the season, posting a 2-14 record in non-district play, “ but we had a lot of adversity and just to get back into the playoffs and win another district championship is nothing to be disappointed in.”
Cameron Thornton led the Moguls in scoring with 15 points, but no one else managed to get into double digits.
Hermeligh advance to the quarterfinals where it was scheduled to play District 15-1A co-champion earlier in the week.