Lady Broncos end successful summer
By Kyle Salomon,
As the month of July begins, the Mustang girls basketball program goes into its dead period before school starts back up in August.
The Lady Broncos competed in their summer season in June as they played more than 20 games against competition from all around the state. They traveled to Owasso to compete in the Lady Rams team camp and then hosted a team camp of their own in late June.
Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said it was a successful summer for his program.
“I would say it went pretty well,” he said. “We had the opportunity to go up to Owasso and compete against some pretty tough competition, and then we hosted our own team camp and got some good competition that week as well. When you play 10-12 games in a five-day span, it tests you mentally, and overall, I was pleased with our effort.”
The Mustang girls graduated four seniors from last year’s squad and three who played vital roles on the court for the Lady Broncos.
Brooke Irwin was the leading scorer from last year’s squad, Laci Joyner was a scrappy player who competed hard on the court, and Tori Shockley was a sharp-shooting 3-point specialist. All three girls left holes that need to be replaced before the season begins in December.
The fourth senior was Candis Davis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason last year. Davis provided leadership off the bench that will need to be replaced as well.
“We had a lot of young girls who really got a lot out of the experience of playing this summer,” Korstjens said. “We have several holes to fill from the seniors that graduated, but we are confident we are going to be able to do that.”
Senior guard Madison Maxwell, junior guard Addison Lawson, junior forward Brandi Russell, senior forward Shelby Wright, junior forward Sarah Kellogg, sophomore forward Logan Haller and sophomore Abby Niehues will all be counted on to step up and provide leadership next season.
Senior guard Bailey Flynn is another Lady Bronco that will be counted on to provide leadership next season. Flynn started at point guard as a freshman, but due to knee injuries, she has not seen much action in the past two years.
“We are excited to have Bailey back,” Korstjens said. “The biggest thing we need from her is to stay healthy. She brings a lot of energy to our team, and we need that going into next year.”
Junior forward Sarah Kellogg said she thinks the summer season went well and she is looking forward to seeing how the team is next year.
“We lost Brooke, Laci and Tori, so we are going to look a little bit different,” she said. “We aren’t going to have as much size, but we will be able to play faster. I think we developed a lot of chemistry this summer as well. Everyone got better, which is the most important thing.”
Korstjens said despite not having team-organized activities for the remainder of the summer, the girls can come into the gym and put in work themselves.
“We will be able to tell who took the rest of the summer off and who didn’t when school starts,” he said. “We expect the girls to come in and work on the things we told them they need to improve on before next season.”