Following a heartbreaking loss to Caruthers, the Minarets girls basketball team (11-4, 2-1 West Sequoia League) rebounded with back-to-back wins last week against Fowler and Parlier.
The team is trying to stay within striking distance of Caruthers (12-6, 3-0 WSL) which they will play Feb. 5 for a piece of the league title.
The Mustangs traveled to Fowler on Jan. 19 to play take on the Redcats. It was the third meeting between the two clubs, with the Mustangs winning both previous meetings. Minarets again proved too much for the Redcats to handle in an easy 44-30 win.
However, that win came at a cost. Junior Kristy Berry was lost to an ankle sprain which forced her to miss the Parlier game on Jan. 22. Berry is averaging 12 points and eight rebounds a game.
It could have been a different game had the Redcats worked the inside a bit more. Fowler was 3-27 from the 3-point line allowing the Mustangs several easy transition points. Coach Dee Kamalani used a heavy rotation in both games, and the starting five saw limited minutes as a unit. Kamalani continues to develop her bench, which will be needed if Berry is lost for an extended amount of time.
In Friday’s home game against the Panthers of Parlier (Kamalani's group wasted little time jumping out to a 11-4 lead, then shut out the Panthers in the 2nd quarter, going to the break 23-6. Minarets would go on to defeat Parlier 39-10.
Danielle Johnson led her team in scoring with 10 points. The senior is ranked third in Division standings averaging 13.2 points per game.
Natatlie Chamberlain scored 10 as well. Patrichia Thomasian and Madi Pearson added six, Kelea Kamalani scored five, Sydney Johnson and Delaney Reardon added two each. The Mustangs felt the absence of Berry who is averaging more then 12 rebounds a game.
The Mustangs hosted the Riverdale Cowboys (5-9, 1-2 WSL) on Tuesday Jan. 26. Scores were not available but the Mustangs entered the game as heavy favorites after beating the Cowboys in tournament play 42-19 earlier this year. The Mustangs will travel to Fresno Christian (4-10, 1-2 WSL) on Friday Jan. 29.
On paper the Mustangs are favored in every category. The Eagles are averaging 28 points a game while the Mustangs are at 48. On the boards Minarets holds an overwhelming edge, but without the services of Berry the offense as well as the defense will likely be affected. One of the Mustangs strengths this season has been their domination on the boards and their points off second attempts.
In Central Section D-V maxpreps.com standings, the Mustangs are ranked No. 3 behind San Joaquin Memorial and College Prep Academy. Caruthers sits at No. 5 below Kern Valley.