For the first time since starting a cross country program at Palestine-Wheatley, coach Dillon Jack enjoyed his first full boys team this season.
The Wynne Yellowjackets, known in the past for their “get it and shoot it” offensive-minded style of play are playing with a new mind-set under first-year coach J.D. Parker – a more deliberate game with more focus on defense.
Nine different Forrest City players put up points Tuesday night as the Lady Mustangs opened their 5A-East Conference season with a 68-22 “mercy rule” victory over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets at Wynne.
Trailing by eight at the half against the visiting Paragould Junior Rams, the Forrest City Junior Mustangs tied the game three times in the second half before eventually falling 40-37 in the 5A-East Conference opener played at Mustang Arena, the team’s first home game of the year.
A year ago, the Forrest City Mustangs split the home-and-home 5A-East Conference games with Wynne, losing 84-78 at Mustang Arena and winning 66-58 on the Yellowjackets home floor.
Team will begin 5A-East conference play next week against Wynne Yellowjackets
Both teams that played for the 21st Rumble on the Ridge title Saturday had been there before.
The Forrest City Mustangs worked their way through a close first half against Sidney-Lanier, Ala., Thursday in a first round Rumble on the Ridge before finally breaking through in the second half to post a 79-70 victory.
Team hopes to continue momentum upon return from Thanksgiving break
21st edition of annual three-day tournament to be held at Mustang Arena