Mustang girls earn first victory of the season
By Kyle Salomon
Despite dropping two out of three games in the Ardmore Holiday Tournament, the Bronco girls basketball team earned its first victory of the season against in-county foe El Reno.
The Mustang girls fell to 1-4 on the young season with a 1-2 record in the Ardmore tournament held Dec. 26-28. The Broncos won the first game of the three-day event against El Reno, 61-53. MHS fell in game two against Ardmore by a score of 55-38, and lost a heart-breaker to Ardmore Plainview in the final game of the tournament by a score of 52-49.
Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said he was proud of the way his team competed throughout the tournament.
“I thought we got better overall as a team in this tournament,” he said. “We obviously wanted a different outcome in our second and third games, but we are making improvements as a team, which is what we need to do at this point in the season. I thought we competed hard all weekend and played with a lot of intensity.”
Against El Reno Mustang got off to a slow start offensively in the first period, but the Broncos picked it up in the second as they put 21 points on the board. Mustang played a strong defensive game against the Indians as they forced El Reno into tough offensive situations throughout the game. Mustang got a big game out of senior center Brooke Irwin as she dominated the paint area on both ends of the floor.
Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson finished the game with six points. Senior guard Tori Shockley totaled two points. Junior guard Madison Maxwell finished with four points. Sophomore forward Brandi Russell added four points.
Senior forward Laci Joyner totaled four points in the game. Sophomore forward Shelby Wright finished with four points. Irwin totaled 21 points in the game, and junior forward Rebecca Hicks finished with 16 points.
Against tournament host Ardmore the Bronco girls were outmatched the whole game. Ardmore controlled the game at both ends of the court as Mustang struggled to score on offense and stop Ardmore on defense. The Broncos didn’t score above 14 points in any period and managed just seven points in periods two and four.
Lawson finished the game with seven points. Shockley totaled six points. Maxwell finished with two points. Sophomore forward Sarah Kellogg totaled eight points as well as Joyner. Irwin and Hicks finished with three points each.
Against Ardmore Plainview, the Bronco girls suffered a gut-wrenching loss. Mustang held a four-point advantage going into the final frame but couldn’t hold on to secure the victory. The Broncos managed just 19 points in the second half and nine in the fourth period, which wasn’t enough to hold off Plainview from making the comeback.
Junior guard Toniesha Cobbs finished with six points. Lawson totaled three points. Maxwell closed the game with 10 points. Kellogg finished with four points. Russell had two points. Wright totaled four points, Irwin finished with 17 points and Hicks had three points.
The total tournament statistics for the Bronco girls include 147 total points scored in the three games. Mustang allowed 160 points to their opponents.
Cobbs finished with six total points for an average of two points per game. Lawson had 16 points for an average of 5.3 points per game. Shockley finished with eight points for an average of 2.7 points per game.
Maxwell closed the tournament out with 16 total points for an average of 5.3 points per game. Kellogg totaled 12 points for an average of four points per game. Russell had six points for an average of two points per game.
Joyner totaled 12 points in the three-day event for an average of four points per game. Wright had eight points for an average of 2.7 points per game. Irwin finished with 31 total points for an average of 10.3 points per game, and Hicks totaled 22 points for an average of 7.3 points per game.