Turnovers lead to girls’ loss to Choctaw
By Kyle Salomon
Turnovers were the difference as the Bronco girls basketball team fell to Choctaw in its season opener. The Mustang girls fell 64-41 to Choctaw Dec. 5, dropping to 0-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
The Bronco girls committed 25 turnovers in the game, with most of them coming in the third period, which allowed the Yellowjackets to break the game open heading into the final frame of the contest.
“We just didn’t play as well as we are capable of playing,” head coach Kevin Korstens said. “We made too many mistakes and we weren’t sharp offensively. I thought we played hard, but we just didn’t make enough plays. We will get back to work and improve.”
The Yellowjackets got out to a fast start in the first period as they connected on baskets on their first several possessions, taking an early lead on the Broncos. Choctaw earned several second-chance points in the paint as Mustang was struggling in the rebounding department. MHS got its offense rolling late in the period, which enabled them to keep the score close heading into the second period. Choctaw held a 19-14 lead after one period of play.
The second period almost mirrored the first as the Broncos got off to a slow start offensively, while Choctaw extended its lead to double digits. Mustang made a run late in the period, cutting the lead back down to five before the halftime bell. The guards for MHS began making outside shots, which brought the Broncos back. The Yellowjackets remained on top of the Broncos by five heading into the halftime locker room.
Choctaw came out swinging in the third period as the team forced the majority of Mustang’s turnovers in the third frame, extending its lead back to double digits. Mustang’s offense didn’t come alive like it did in periods one and two as the Broncos mustered just four points in the frame. The Yellowjackets held a 42-30 advantage after three periods of play.
It was much of the same for Mustang and Choctaw in the final period of the game. The Broncos continued to struggle offensively and defensively as the Yellowjackets moved their lead beyond 20 points before the final bell rang, with Choctaw coasting to the 23-point victory.
Mustang made 16 out of 24 free throws on the night.
In the individual stat department it was sophomore guard Addy Lawson coming out on top for the Broncos with 11 points. Junior guard Madison Maxwell also had 11 points on the night. Senior center Brooke Irwin had six points and five rebounds in the game. Sophomore forward Sarah Kellogg added four points and three rebounds.
Senior guard Tori Shockley had three points and one rebound. Sophomore forward Shelby Wright posted three points and three rebounds. Sophomore forward Brandi Russell had two rebounds, and junior guard Toniesha Cobbs added one point for Mustang.
The Bronco girls were originally scheduled to travel to Durant last weekend to compete in the Durant tournament, but inclement weather forced the tournament to be canceled. The girls took on Edmond North on Tuesday night in their home opener for the season.