By Allen Hamrick
The Lady Mustangs opened the week against Geary’s Lady Panthers. The Lady Mustangs came into this game after chilling South Harrison Middle with two feet of a Lady Mustang snowfall. There is definitely no ball and chain attached to the Lady Mustangs; under the new regime of Coach Phil Dobbins, they take to the court and dominate.
They hit this week running against Geary with a defense that would resemble an ant assaulting a cube of sugar, there was no clear opening to the hoop for the Lady Panthers until late in the game when the Lady Mustangs handed them some early Christmas baskets. The Lady Mustangs came out hot and started burning up the net racking up 10 points on the board. Lady Mustang defense held the visiting Lady Panthers to just four points in the half. It would have taken the Harlem Globetrotters to get a clear shot through the Lady Mustang defense.
The Lady Mustang offense kept a steady torch on the net throughout the game scoring 41 points. Geary made a run at the boards in the 4th period, but it was too little too late as the coffin nails were already driven in. The final score was Lady Mustangs 41- Lady Panthers 23. Zoey Jones was once again the top gun racking up 17 points. Ella Keen was top shot for the Lady Panthers with 10.
Next up was the queen of the hill match with the Lady Knights of Braxton County. This is always a game of enhanced defense and lower scores as both teams battle in the trenches. This game would be no different – it’s a queen of the hill match complete with bragging rights to the victor until their next game. It was obvious that the Lady Mustangs were not taking anything from the game and left it all on the court emotionally and physically; this matchup would almost require a standby ambulance.
Offensively, the Lady Mustangs have a serious air force strike team but were finding it difficult to find the boards through the Lady Knight defense. However, the Lady Knights were having an even more difficult time unloading on the boards. Although the fans never really smelled the net burning, the game will go down as a defensive battle. When the bombs stopped dropping, it was the Lady Mustangs on top and holding on to bragging rights with the final score being 21-16.
All the Lady Mustangs did an excellent job of navigating the court and played well as a team. The season looks bright for the Lady Mustangs. If Coach Dobbins can keep this fiery pace going with the Lady Mustangs as it was in these games, who knows, maybe another record season? Keep it up Lady Mustangs. They will be playing this week at home against Webster on Monday evening and then away at Spencer on the 13th. Come out and support the teams. Go Mustangs!