The Minarets girls varsity basketball team (2-12, 1-1 West Sequoia League) began league play against powerhouse Caruthers Blue Raiders (11-5, 2-0 WSL) at Caruthers on Jan. 9, and limped home after being beat 73-14.
Caruthers played with blistering speed and an aggressive full court press that the Mustangs had no answer for. The Caruthers press forced 29 Mustang turnovers that would result in easy layups for the Blue Raiders.
“Our girls faced a very talented team that had a deep bench,” assistant coach Brett Moglia said. “What I was most impressed with was the relentless spirit of competition our girls showed until the very last whistle. Our young team continues to learn and apply new skills every game.”
Ellery Meade scored 6 points for the Mustangs with Breanna Saenz adding 4, and Morgan Padilla and Ayami Sappington each making one bucket.
On Jan. 12, Head Coach Dee Kamalani got her team back on track to beat the Riverdale Cowboys (2-12, 0-1 WSL) 27-22.
A little more comfortable on its home court, the Mustangs would turn the tables with 31 steals during the game while flustering the Lady Cowboys the entire game. Saenz just missed a triple-triple with 10 steals, 14 rebounds and 9 points.
Playing with only 6 players, the Mustangs would take a 22-13 lead into the third quarter, however, in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys would make a run to pull the game within 6 points with 2:29 left to play. But with 29 seconds left in the game, Morgan Padilla would hit 1 of her 2 free throws to seal the win 27-22.
“The girls were relentless in their defense,” Moglia said. “With 31 steals, they controlled the flow of the game and came out on top.”
All 6 members of the team would score in the contest led by Saenz’s 9 points, Sappington (6), Breann Williamson (5), Meade (4), Sierra Stalter (2) and Padilla with her one free throw.
The team played Fresno Christian (10-3, 1-1 WSL) on Tuesday and play at Fowler on Friday at 6:30 p.m., preceded by the JV game.