Both the Dugway boys and girls basketball teams competed at the Wendover Tournament during the weekend with both teams coming back with splits.
The Dugway boys opened the tournament on Friday with a win against the West Wendover, Nev., junior varsity squad. The Mustangs (2-6) pulled out a 50-36 win thanks to a 13-point scoring output from freshman Dan Shepard, highlighted by two 3-pointers. Junior Ben Shepard scored 8 points while also hitting two 3-pointers. Dan Shepard shot 36 percent from the field, and Ben Shepard shot 27 percent from the field.
West Wendover JV took the early lead with a 10-9 first quarter advantage. Dugway powered itself with a 10-4 scoring advantage in the second quarter for a halftime lead. The Mustangs kept the pressure going with a 17-10 scoring advantage in the third quarter, and then they closed things off by holding serve 14-12 in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs faced Region 18 rival Wendover (9-4) the on Saturday in the tournament. Though the two schools are region competitors, the game counted as a non-region matchup on the record.
Wendover blasted Dugway with a 17-4 run in the fourth quarter to get the win. Dugway led 39-31 at the end of the third quarter, looking as though it had a chance to come out of the tournament with two victories. Wendover junior James Trujillo powered the Wildcats with 14 points alongside teammates Cesar Contreras with 10 points and Ernesto Mendoza with 9 points. Dugway junior Josh Johnson led the Mustangs with 20 points alongside Ben Shepard with 18 points.
The 5-point loss is the closest loss of the season for Dugway. Before the Wendover loss, the average point margin the Mustangs lost by this season was 27.4 points per game in their five previous losses. The worst loss was a 43-point loss to Pinnacle, and the closest loss was an 11-point loss West Ridge Academy.
Dugway still plays on the road this week with games at Mount Vernon on Wednesday and at St. Joseph on Friday. Mount Vernon is 0-2 on the season, and St. Joseph is 2-3.
The Dugway girls continued their even record at the Wendover tournament, opening with a loss to St. Joseph and ending with a 2-point win against Pinnacle. The Mustangs (5-5) had difficulty scoring against unbeaten St. Joseph (8-0) in a 51-16 loss. Dugway scored just 4 points in the first half. Nadaja Bullock led Dugway in scoring with 9 points. St. Joseph’s Kallie Kashiwaeda scored just as many points as the entire Dugway team in her efforts to lead St. Joseph’s with 16 points. Leading 20-4 at the start of the third quarter, St. Jospeh continued its stifling defense with a 21-5 run, putting the game out of reach.
Dugway bounced back on Saturday with a 41-39 win against Pinnacle (2-5). Dugway jumped out to an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained that lead. Pinnacle slowly crept back into the game to make it 33-27 going into the fourth quarter, and then it outscored Dugway 12-8 in that final quarter. The Lady Mustangs held on to get the win and even their record.
Dugway plays on the road this week with games at West Ridge Academy on Tuesday and at Legacy Prep on Thursday.