Girls fall to Choctaw at home
By Kyle Salomon
Second-chance points for Choctaw doomed the Mustang girls’ chances at an upset as they fell at home in a district battle.
The Bronco girls basketball team dropped to 5-12 on the season with a 64-51 loss to top-five ranked Choctaw at the Mustang High School gym last Friday.
Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said rebounds were a key in the contest.
“When you are playing a good team like Choctaw, you have to do all of the little things right to get the win,” he said. “We allowed them too many second-chance opportunities at the basket. I was proud of our girls for never giving up. I thought we battled hard all night.”
Defense was the killer for the Bronco girls in the first period against the Yellowjackets. Choctaw seemed like they made every shot they threw up at the basket regardless of how tight the Mustang defenders were playing.
The Broncos offense wasn’t shabby either as it was working the ball inside to its front court players, senior Brooke Irwin and junior Rebecca Hicks. After the first period of play, Choctaw led the Mustang girls 27-20.
The second frame was a polar opposite from the first as both teams’ defenses stepped their game up and made life a little more difficult for the offenses. The Broncos managed to score just nine points in the period, but their defense held the Yellowjackets to 10 points, keeping the deficit under double digits heading into halftime.
Mustang trailed Choctaw 37-29 at the intermission.
The third period was nearly identical to the second as both squads continued to struggle on offense. The defenses were stout as Mustang managed 12 points in the frame compared to Choctaw’s 13, making the score 50-41 after three.
The Yellowjackets extended the lead by several points in the final period of the game as their offense started to find its rhythm again and the Bronco offense continued to struggle, making the final difference 13 points in favor of Choctaw.
Mustang gets home win against Huskies
Just like the boys, the Bronco girls played their fourth game in five days when they hosted Edmond North Jan. 27 in a makeup district game.
The Mustang girls caged the Huskies 68-51 as they dominated the game from start to finish.
“I thought we played our most complete game of the season against Edmond North,” Korstjens said. “I was pleased with how we played on both ends of the floor. I thought we played with tremendous intensity, especially following the three-day tournament at Deer Creek with just one day of rest.”
The Broncos controlled the first half from the opening tip as Edmond North had no match for Mustang’s inside play with Irwin and Hicks. The MHS offense was on point as it put up 37 points before halftime compared to the Huskies with 28.
The second half was much of the same for Mustang as its offense continued to roll and the defense continued to stifle the Edmond North offense. The inside play of Irwin and Hicks opened the perimeter up for outside shooters to drain open shots to extend the Broncos’ lead.
Mustang coasted to the 17-point victory.
The Bronco girls traveled to Edmond North for the rematch with the Huskies at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and Mustang hosts rival Yukon at 6 p.m. Friday in an important district contest for the Broncos. Those results will be in the Feb. 13 Mustang News.