Despite leading in the third quarter of last Friday's matchup with McDonald County, the Aurora Houn' Dawgs could not hang on for a sweep of the Mustangs following the girls' win earlier on the night. The 48-39 loss left the Dawgs will still just one win on the season.
Points were hard to come by for both sides early in the first quarter, as two and half minutes went by before McDonald County opened the scoring. Soon after that, though, Aurora would get its first basket on a layup by senior Garrett Boyd and take the lead on a shot by senior Casey Weathermon. By the end of the period, however, the Mustangs managed to hold a slight 9-7 lead over the home team.
The Dawgs got into a hole early in the second quarter, as the Mustangs increased the lead to eight points. But with six points in a row by Weathermon, the Dawgs were back in the hunt.
Unfortunately for the home fans, however, Weathermon picked up his third foul with 2:21 to go in the half and was forced to take a seat on the bench for the rest of the quarter. But the team picked him up effectively, and in his absence tied the game at 17 going into halftime.
After the break, Weathermon returned to action and quickly gave the Dawgs their first lead since the first quarter. McDonald County, however, would tie the game at 24 with 3:30 left in the period.
With Weathermon and senior Kaden Clark both in foul trouble on the bench, the Mustangs took advantage of a short-handed Aurora squad to take a 34-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Despite their best efforts, the Houn' Dawgs could not overcome the lead in the fourth and were forced to settle for a 48-39 loss in the end.
Boyd and Weathermon paced the offense with 15 and 14 points, respectively. A trio of Houn' Dawgs -- Clark, Chandler Phelps and Jaesik Friggle -- finished with three points each, while Jess Williams scored one.
Aurora will continue its search for a second win on Friday at Monett before traveling to Mt. Vernon on Tuesday.