As the Minarets High girls basketball team’s (12-7, 6-3 West Sequoia League) season is coming to a close, an outside chance of winning league vanished, as the Mustangs were upset by the Fowler Redcats 60-50 on Feb. 13. The two teams are tied in the standings at 6-3, with the league title going to Caruthers at 8-0. The Mustangs had beaten Fowler twice this season, a 20 point win and a 11 point win Jan. 27.
The Redcats took advantage of the Mustangs absence of center Kristy Berry, and jumped out to a 24 point lead at one point as Minarets struggled in the first half. Following the half time break the Mustangs chipped away at Fowler’s lead including a half court shot by Natalie Chamberlain as the buzzer sounded, ending the third quarter. Minarets closed the deficient to 8 points going into the fourth quarter, but missed transition baskets, and forced turnovers by Fowler sealed the win.
Playing against Riverdale Feb. 11, theCowgirls took the game to the final buzzer with the Mustangs squeaking out a one point win, 40-39.
The two teams meet again this week at Minarets in the teams final game before entering the Central Section D-V play-offs.
According to MaxPreps, the Mustangs are expected to receive the No. 5 seed in the playoff bracket. With a win against Riverdale, (Fowler plays Fresno Christian) with undefeated Caruthers looming, should the Mustangs win their first round game.
Boys team defeated by Riverdale and Fowler
The Mustang boys varsity team (4-14, 4-5 WSL) lost games last week to Riverdale (56-54) on Feb. 11, and to Fowler (79-50) on Feb. 13.
Against Riverdale, Kaleb Sausone had 20 points, Mason Ellis had 15, and Sam Delk contributed 10.
Against Fowler, Delk was the game’s high scorer with 18, with Ellis adding 14.