Mustang girls see forward momentum

Laci Joyner

By Kyle Salomon

Despite several tough losses, the Mustang girls basketball team picked up some momentum as the girls capped off their week in the win column.

The Bronco girls earned their second win of the season on Saturday with a 52-42 victory against Word of Life Traditional School out of Wichita, Kan., in the Jaguar Invitation at Westmoore High School.

The victory against the Lady Fire was the one win out of three games for the Mustang girls. The Broncos fell to Sapulpa 52-32, then dropped their second game of the tournament to Norman 60-38 on Friday.

The 1-2 record in the event dropped Mustang’s regular season record to 2-7 on the year.

“I thought we played better as the tournament went on,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “I thought we played our hardest in that last game on Saturday. I was proud of the girls for competing the way they did after the first two days didn’t go our way.”

Against Word of Life, the Broncos jumped out to an early start. Mustang scored the most points they have scored in a single period this season with 18 points in the first. The Broncos controlled the period with strong offensive play as they got most of their points in the paint. Mustang led 18-5 after the first.

Brooke Irwin

Brooke Irwin

In the second and third periods the Lady Fire mounted a comeback on the Broncos as they cut the lead to four points before halftime at 26-22. Mustang’s offense began to slow down and Word of Life made several outside shots to slice into the MHS lead. The Broncos led by one at 36-35 after three periods of play.

Mustang was able to pull away in the fourth frame with solid defense and going back inside on the offensive end where the Broncos had a clear advantage with size. MHS was able to coast to the 10-point victory.

The Broncos finished the game with eight total turnovers and made 11 out of 20 foul shots. Senior Brooke Irwin recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Addyson Lawson had 14 points and five rebounds. Senior Laci Joyner totaled eight points and five rebounds.

Sophomore Brandi Russell finished with six points and two rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Kellogg totaled five points and seven rebounds, and junior Madison Maxwell had three points and two rebounds.

Maxwell was also named to the All-Tournament team following the game.

Against Norman the Bronco girls played even with the Tigers in the first period. Mustang used its defense to hold Norman down early in the game as both teams were knotted at eight apiece after one.

The Tigers exploded in the second period as their outside shots began to fall against the Broncos. Mustang’s offense continued to struggle as Norman took a 17-point lead into the halftime locker room, 31-14.

Norman continued to extend the lead in the second half, holding down Mustang defensively and scoring at will on the offensive end of the floor. The Tigers led by 24 after three periods and coasted in the fourth to the 22-point victory.

Mustang committed 13 turnovers in the game and made 12 out of 19 foul shots.

Maxwell led the Broncos in the contest with seven points and three rebounds. Lawson finished with six points and two rebounds. Joyner totaled six points and five rebounds.

Junior Rebecca Hicks had five points and three rebounds. Russell finished with four points and one rebound. Senior Tori Shockley had three points and two rebounds.

Kellogg finished with three points and one rebound. Junior Toniesha Cobbs posted two points and four rebounds. Irwin had one point and two rebounds, and sophomore Shelby Wright totaled one point and three rebounds.

In the first game of the tournament, the Broncos took on Sapulpa. The Chieftains got out to a hot start offensively as they put 20 points on the board in the opening frame. Mustang managed just nine points, putting them in a hole early.

The Broncos offense struggled even more in the second period as it put up four points in the frame compared to 10 points from Sapulpa, making the score 30-13 at halftime.

The Chieftains extended their lead to more than 20 points in the third period as they took a 44-22 advantage entering the fourth.

The final frame was the only one of the game the Broncos won as they scored 10 points to Sapulpa’s eight, making the final difference at 20 points.

Mustang finished the game with 17 turnovers and made 14 out of 19 free throws.

Maxwell closed the game with nine points and three rebounds. Irwin totaled seven points and 10 rebounds. Hicks had five points and three rebounds.

Wright finished the game with three points and one rebound. Kellogg totaled three points and three rebounds. Russell finished with two points and three rebounds.

Lawson had two points and five rebounds, while Joyner finished with one point and two rebounds.

“I thought we had a lot of good looks at the basket throughout the entire tournament,” Korstjens said. “Eventually, those will start falling for us. They did a little bit in our game Saturday and everything flowed much better.”

The totals from the three-day tournament included one win and two losses. The Broncos scored 122 total points and allowed 164. The Broncos turned the ball over 38 times and made 37 out of 58 free throws.

Irwin led the way for Mustang with 22 points and 33 rebounds. Lawson totaled 22 points and 12 rebounds. Maxwell finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Joyner totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Kellogg finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Russell had 12 points and six rebounds. Cobbs totaled two points and four rebounds.

Hicks finished with five points and three rebounds. Shockley totaled three points and two rebounds, and Wright had four points and four rebounds.

“I really like the fight in our girls,” Korstjens said. “No matter what we face, our girls never give up. They will always compete. We feel like we are improving every day.”

On Jan. 7 the Broncos took on district foe Putnam City in the Mustang High School gym in the home opener this season. The Pirates used a strong second half to defeat Mustang 48-39.

The Broncos controlled the game in the first half as they led 10-4 after the first period and 22-10 at halftime. Mustang’s defense was holding down the sharp-shooting guards from PC.

The second half was a different story as the Pirates began to make outside shots. Putnam City roared back to lead by six after three and finished with a nine-point victory on the road.

Mustang committed 16 turnovers in the game and made 10 out of 16 free throws.

Irwin led with eight points and five rebounds. Maxwell finished with seven points and five rebounds. Russell totaled six points and nine rebounds.

Cobbs finished with five points and four rebounds. Wright had five points and four rebounds. Kellogg finished with four points and three rebounds.

Joyner finished with two points and five rebounds, and Lawson had two points and one rebound.