The Minarets Mustangs girls basketball team traveled to Mariposa Nov. 24 to play the second of a home and away scrimmage between the two clubs. The Mustangs won the first game 56-41, in controlling fashion, sustaining a 10 point cushion the entire game.
This time around the Mustangs trailed the entire game until the closing minutes. Behind clutch three-pointers by Kalea Kamalani, who scored 15 in the game, the Mustangs stole a win against a stunned Grizzley squad, 54-51.
Coach Janeene Bebout expected this game to be much tougher and the Grizzles didn't disappoint. Mariposa jumped out to a six point lead before the Mustangs dictated the tempo throughout the game, along with a quick, fast-paced game, while pressing with their man defense from time to time.
Mariposa led by as many as 13, but were never able to put the game away. Bebout's starting five played all four, 15-minute periods without much substitution - a test of conditioning, what turned out to be the difference in the end.
As the Grizzlies struggled at both ends of the court in the final period, the Mustangs erupted with clutch shooting and key rebounds to claw there way back into the game, eventually escaping with the three-point win. It was a true team effort in the final period as multiple Mustangs scored to pull even with Mariposa at 46.
A great example of what this club is capable of doing on any given day. Danielle Johnson and Kamalani were key in the Mustangs come from behind win. Bebout's delay game in the final minutes worked to perfection as Mariposa was battling the clock as well as the Mustangs.
The Mustangs play in the Fowler Tournament Dec. 4 - 6.