ANDERSON — Sure if you ask McDonald County head coach Kyle Fields which quarters he would rather see the Mustangs leading after, it would be the second and fourth quarters.

Well, that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night when the Mustangs clashed with the Monett Cubs in their Big 8 Conference opener.

McDonald County led 27-23 at halftime and then earned a 54-51 win over their conference and district rival behind a 22-13 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Monett led 16-12 after one quarter and 38-32 after three quarters, putting a 15-5 third to use.

McDonald County, who earned two wins in the Neosho Holiday Classic against Benjamin Banneker from Brooklyn and Lamar, improved to 4-8 overall and 1-0 Big 8 entering Friday night’s road clash against Big 8 rival Seneca.

The Mustangs have won four of their last six games after starting the year 0-6, with both of their recent losses coming against Arkansas schools West Memphis and Van Buren.