Bronco girls take down McGuiness
By Kyle Salomon
A strong second half and dominating inside play helped the Mustang girls to a victory against Bishop McGuinness last Friday in the Deer Creek tournament.
Senior center Brooke Irwin led the team with 30 points and 11 rebounds in the Bronco girls’ 59-50 win against the Fighting Irish in the Bruce Gray Invitational last weekend at Deer Creek High School.
The Mustang ladies went 1-2 in the tournament, dropping their overall regular season record to 4-11 on the season. The Broncos fell in day one of the tournament to Edmond Memorial by a score of 52-45. MHS lost its final contest of the three-day event to Enid, 60-54.
“I thought we did some good things throughout the weekend,” Mustang head coach Kevin Kortjens said. “Of course, we are disappointed with the result. You are never happy with a loss. I thought we got some good play from some of our seniors. Brooke Irwin and Tori Shockley both had really solid tournaments, and our young girls played pretty well for the most part.”
Irwin was named to the All-Tournament team for her play throughout the weekend.
Against Bishop McGuinness, the Broncos had the clear height advantage inside. Mustang didn’t full take advantage of that until the second half. In the first period the Broncos struggled offensively to get the ball into the basket. They were getting a lot of good looks around the goal but couldn’t convert when they had their opportunities as McGuinness led 15-11 after the first period.
In the second period the Broncos continued to struggle on the offensive end as Bishop McGuinness was swarming the inside players from Mustang with double and triple teams in the post. The Broncos defense improved drastically in the period as it held the Fighting Irish to 11 points in the frame. The Mustang girls trailed 26-21 going into the halftime locker room.
The Bronco ladies came out and took control of the game in the third period as Mustang’s offense began to roll. Senior guard Tori Shockley made several outside shots to loosen up the tight defense from McGuinness on the Mustang post players. Irwin started taking control of the game as MHS took a 39-38 lead into the final period of the game.
The Broncos dominated in the fourth period as they scored 20 points in the frame behind the inside play from Irwin. Mustang was having more success on the defensive end of the floor as well, forcing Bishop McGuinness into difficult shots on nearly every possession for the Fighting Irish. The Bronco ladies were able to coast to the nine-point victory.
“I thought the difference in our win against Bishop McGuinness was we made the plays down the stretch we needed to make to win the game,” Korstjens said. “We knew we had an advantage inside and Brooke did a really good job of taking advantage of those opportunities.”
The Mustang girls fell to Putnam City North 75-62 in a district road battle with the Panthers on Jan. 21.
The story of the game for the Broncos was turnovers as Mustang committed 38 turnovers in the loss. MHS had 37 rebounds and made 22 out of 29 free throws.
Mustang took on Edmond North in a district home battle on Monday night, and will host Choctaw Friday night on homecoming night for MHS.
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