Girls win OT thriller against rival Yukon
By Kyle Salomon
The Mustang girls basketball team won an overtime thriller against Yukon 58-57 Monday night at home.
The Bronco girls improved to 7-12 on the season with the one-point victory. Senior center Brooke Irwin scored the game-winning shot with 12 seconds remaining on the clock.
Irwin got the post pass on the low left block and banked in a 2-pointer over her Yukon defender to give the Broncos the home win.
Irwin led the way in the scoring department for Mustang with 23 points on the night. She also brought down nine rebounds.
“It was really good to get the win against Yukon tonight,” Irwin said. “The first time we played them we weren’t even in the game, so it was good to come out and play the way we did tonight.”
In the first period, the Broncos dominated on both ends of the floor. The Mustang defense was stout against the inside play from Yukon and the Bronco offense played well early, giving MHS an 18-10 lead after the first.
Yukon sliced into the lead in the second period, but Mustang responded in kind, increasing the lead back up to six points at the half, 28-22, behind strong play from the post players on the Broncos roster.
Mustang’s defense disappeared in the third frame as Yukon put 20 points on the board. The Bronco offense struggled as well in the period. Yukon took the lead heading into the fourth 42-41 over Mustang.
The fourth was a battle for the two squads as both teams were struggling to score in the period. Both teams struggled to convert down the stretch and the game went into overtime tied at 52.
In the overtime session the game went back and forth between the rivaling schools. The Millers took a one-point lead at 57-56 with just under a minute to play when Irwin’s heroics took over for Mustang.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls for how hard they competed,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “We are a lot different team than we were the first time we played them, and we showed that tonight.”
Mustang girls totaled 26 rebounds on the night. They made 12 out of 21 foul shots and committed 14 turnovers.