The Minarets Mustangs girls basketball team (6-3), had a final tune-up, preparing for West Sequoia league play as they took part in the Parlier Invitational. The Mustangs took 1st in the consolation bracket after a heart breaking 3 point loss to Porterville, 45-42. It was a tough loss for Coach Janeene Bebouts group as the Mustangs clearly were the better team but missed several attempts from under the basket, while also struggling at the free-throw line.
Team Captain Kelea Kamalani was recovering from dental surgery, normally the teams leader in rebounds and points scored, the junior was slowed by the effects.
The Mustangs go back to business in their second tournament game, a 42-5 thumping of tournament host Parlier. The Mustangs were once again at full strength and it showed. Bebout pressed the Panthers into turn over after turn over, at the half the Mustangs led 25-2. The bench saw plenty of playing time in the second half as the Mustangs cruised threw the second half.
The Mustangs advanced to the championship game in the consolation bracket pitting them against league rival, Fowler, 2-6. Thought to be the favorite heading into league play, the Mustangs handled the Red Cats with ease. Minarets took the lead 5 minutes into the first period and never looked back, out rebounded Fowler a controlling the tempo of the contest throughout, cruising to a 39-28 win. Junior Natalie Chamberlin was named to the All-Tourney team
The Mustangs start West Sequoia League ague play with a Jan 16th home game against the Fresno Christian Eagles. The running Mustangs should control this one from tip-off and come away with their first league win.
"I've got a lot of versatility within the girls and am very confident going into league play, they have great team work as a unit", said coach Bebout