By Allen Hamrick
The Lady Mustangs officially opened their season on the road with a pit stop at South Harrison Middle school to take on the Lady Hawks. It was time for the Lady Mustangs to hit the floor running; after a romance season last year, new head coach Phil Dobbins promised they would do their best to make it a repeat. They have the goods to get the job done – height, speed, ball control and a good kangaroo pocket of shooters that get the job done from inside the paint and on the perimeter. Only time will, tell though, and a butt whipping here to start the season off would be a good start.
The JV Lady Mustangs hit the floor first, and it would have taken four forklifts to get the jaws off the floor as the girls came out and proceeded to corral the Lady Hawks back into their cages. The offense delivered 15 points via airmail in the first period before the Lady Hawks could get their game wings on. Lady Mustangs’ defense was half basketball half beast as the Lady Hawks could only manage a goose egg in the first period, and by the half, it was 21-3 Lady Mustang JV. By the time the JV Lady Mustangs hooves stopped stomping on birds, the score stood at 34-6 for the final. All I can say to future opponents is that if you think the JV Lady Mustangs are pushovers, you better bring a towel to wipe the tears when it’s over. Top shot in the JV game was Layla Parker who could shoot the eyes out of a tater at 50 paces. She finished the game with 13 points. Following closely was Autumn Rapp who did a bombing run from the perimeter hitting for 12 points of her own.
Next up, it was time for the Lady Mustang varsity to bring their high flying circus act to the hardwood. The first period opened up with a Lady Mustang flurry as the fans eyes had to cross several times just to catch the high speed action. It was so fast that by the time they tried to cheer on their own team that play was over and the Lady Mustangs were in the net. However, not to be out done, the Lady Hawks got into a groove and went toe to toe with the Lady Mustangs…in the first period. Lady Mustang defense stepped up and applied a thousand pounds of pressure on Lady Hawk offense, and it broke apart like a hammer hitting glass. On the other hand, the Lady Mustangs proceeded to burn the net adding 10 more points to the pot making the score 20-12. After the half, the Lady Hawks came out swinging but were unable to bring the fire to the court as the Lady Mustangs went to work to take this game to the winner’s circle. When the smoke cleared, it was the Lady Mustangs over the Lady Hawks 33-18. The top gun award goes to Skiley Wilmoth who came in and dominated the defense of the Lady Hawks by hitting for 12 points followed closely by Zoey Jones who was a beast in the paint hitting for 11and also had 11 rebounds.
This was a great start to a season that will soon be tested with more great teams in the lineup. These Lady Mustangs are bent on keeping the title this season, so if you want to see some great basketball action, come out and support the teams. Go Mustangs!