The Minarets girls varsity basketball team (4-16, 2-5 WSL) played a league road game against the Lady Cowboys of Riverdale (2-18, 0-7 WSL) on Tuesday, Jan. 30, beating the Cowboys 32-17.
The Lady Mustangs, after coming off two defeats the prior week would defensively control the game from beginning to end, limiting Riverdale to only 17 total points. Without their star center, junior Sierra Stalter, the rest of the team would step up and control the game.
With just six players, the team could not press the entire game, so coach Brett Moglia was constantly changing defenses to change the pace. Riverdale would try and take the Lady Mustangs captain Ellery Meade out of the game by playing a man defense against Meade.
Senior Captain Ellery Meade would lead the team with a double double with an impressive 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior Breanna Saenz took over the game in the paint with a season high 16 rebounds. Freshman players Taylyr Moglia and Morgan Padilla would step up defensively while scoring 4 and 2 points respectively.
“The girls responded well to the game plan we put in place,”, assistant coach Brett Moglia said, ”And I can’t say enough about the way that Ellery led the team. 21 points is a great game ”.
Lady Mustangs lose to Fresno Christian
On Feb. 2 the Lady Mustangs would have their hands full with a second place Fresno Christian team (15-4, 6-2 WSL) that has only lost to the top ranked Caruthers Blue Raiders this year.
The Mustangs had trouble scoring against the much taller Eagles, who took a commanding 19-2 score to start off the game. Their smothering defense caused the Lady Mustangs to miss quite a few shots. The ladies ended up shooting 6 for 31 shots from 2 point range.
The rough shooting night for the Lady Mustangs would continue through the night as they would lose to the Eagles 44-14.
Breanna Saenz would lead the team in scoring with 7 points, while Sierra Stalter and Breann Williamson would both lead the team in rebounds with 9 each.
Minarets will play Fowler (10-13, 4-4 WSL) at 6 p.m. at home Feb. 6 and will host Parlier (7-11, 4-4 WSL) at 6 p.m. Friday in the finale game of the season.