Girls cage Huskies on road
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang used a strong second-half performance to propel over Edmond North in a road district battle. The Broncos girls basketball team improved to 6-12 on the regular season with a 65-55 victory at Edmond North Feb. 4.
MHS turned a one-point halftime lead into a double-digit victory with a stout second half.
Despite sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, Mustang senior center Brooke Irwin led the way in the scoring and rebounding department with 20 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson added 15 points, and junior guard Madison Maxwell also contributed 13 points in the winning effort from the Broncos.
Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said his team played a complete game against the Huskies.
“I thought we played a really solid game all night,” he said. “It was under some pretty tough circumstances. We had to move the time of the game up because of the weather so we didn’t have very many people in the stands, but our girls battled and played a really solid game.”
In the first period, the Huskies jumped out to an early lead on the Broncos. Mustang was able to weather the storm and begin its comeback in the period behind strong play from Lawson and Maxwell. Irwin went to the bench early in the frame with foul trouble, which allowed Edmond North to attack the paint in the MHS defense. The score was tied at 14 after one.
The two squads continued to battle neck and neck in the second period. Mustang’s guards continued to have success attacking the interior of the Huskies defense, and Edmond North continued to pound the rock inside without Irwin in the paint for the Broncos. MHS took a one-point lead into halftime at 30-29.
The Broncos extended the lead in the third period as Irwin began to have an impact on the game. Mustang’s guards continued to have their way against the Edmond North perimeter players, but the main reason for the Bronco success in the frame was its defense against the Huskies. The Broncos allowed just nine points in the period to North. MHS led 45-38 going into the fourth.
In the final period, Edmond North tried to make several runs at Mustang to make the game interesting, but the Broncos answered every Huskie run with a run of their own, making the final score a 10-point difference for MHS.
“We are starting to play better team basketball at this point in the season,” Korstjens said. “We are taking better care of the ball and playing better team defense, which is important as we head toward the postseason.”
Mustang had 47 total rebounds, made 20 out of 26 shots from the free-throw line and committed 14 turnovers.
The Bronco girls traveled to Putnam City on Tuesday night for another road district game. They will host Edmond Santa Fe at 6 p.m. Friday in the annual “Pink Out” game.
Those results will be in the Feb. 20 Mustang News.