Girls’ basketball season ends at regional

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By Kyle Salomon,

A slow start was too much for Mustang girls to overcome in a regional loss to Lawton Eisenhower Feb. 27 at Norman North.

The Bronco girls basketball team saw its 2013-2014 season come to an end with an opening round 54-48 loss to Lawton Ike.

The defeat drops Mustang’s final overall record this year to 9-15.

“We just couldn’t do much right to start the game,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “It’s hard to dig yourself out of a big hole against a good team. I was really proud of how the girls fought back.”

Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson led the Lady Broncos in the scoring department with 15 points in the game. Senior center Brooke Irwin was the only other Mustang player in double figures with 10.

Irwin was the leading rebounder for MHS with 12 boards in the contest. Senior Laci Joyner finished with five rebounds.

The Lady Broncos had a rough start in the first period. At the midway point in the frame the girls trailed Lawton Ike 14-3. MHS was able to cut the lead to 19-11 by the end of one, but Eisenhower was still in control of the game.

Mustang turned the tables in the second period as its offense came alive. Inside play from Irwin and junior forward Rebecca Hicks helped the Broncos get back in the game. The Bronco defense was stouter as well, holding Ike to 10 points in the frame and trailing 29-27 at halftime.

Lawton Ike was able to extend the lead back to six points by the end of the third period and hold off several Mustang rallies to grab the six-point win.

Mustang totaled 28 rebounds in the game and made nine out of 12 free throws. The Lady Broncos forced 20 turnovers and committed 16 in the game.

Looking to next year

The Mustang girls now look ahead to next season with the season-ending loss to Lawton Ike.

The Lady Broncos will lose four girls to graduation from this year’s squad. Center Brooke Irwin, guard Tori Shockley, forward Laci Joyner and forward Candis Davis played their final game in the Mustang girls basketball program against Lawton Ike.

Irwin, Shockley and Joyner all played major roles on the team this season, but Davis was injured in the preseason and could not play her senior year.

Mustang will return guards Madison Maxwell, Addyson Lawson, Toniesha Cobbs and Bailey Flynn next season. Flynn was forced to miss the entire year this season due to a knee injury she sustained in the preseason.

Forwards Logan Haller, Sarah Kellogg, Brandi Russell, Shelby Wright and Abby Niehues will be back next season for the Lady Broncos. Russell and Wright missed most of the season with injuries sustained earlier in the year.

The Mustang girls will have one center on the roster next season and that will be Rebecca Hicks, who came on strong midway through the year.

“We definitely learned a lot this season,” Korstjens said. “I’m hoping our young girls who are coming back next year can learn from their experience this season and improve for next year.”