Although the Minarets girls basketball team (13-5, 3-2 West Sequoia League) has made a big turnaround this season under Coach Dee Kamalani, the Mustangs’ success will not include a league championship after being thumped 63-32 Jan. 5 by Caruthers (14-7, 5-0 WSL).
In the clubs’ first meeting the Blue Raiders escaped with a 53-48 win. This time around they wouldn’t be as easy on the Mustangs, sweeping all four games including boys varsity and girls and boys JV.
The Blue Raiders used a barrage of nine 3-pointers to bury the Mustangs early, five from Andraya Coera. It was just the opposite for the Lady Mustangs, usually proficient at 3-pointers, making just one of nine on the evening.
The Mustangs found themselves behind 30-17 at half.
In the third quarter Minarets made just four of 14 shots to fall behind 42-26. Minarets struggled to find a rhythm throughout the contest, missing several easy shots in the paint, many just off the mark as they would appear sure points only to roll off the rim. It was the Mustangs poorest shooting performance on the year.
Danielle Johnson and Kelea Kamalani were the team’s leading scorers with 10 points each.
Minarets also had their lowest total on the season for rebounds as Caruthers outrebounded the Mustangs in all four periods. Kristy Berry had 11 of the team’s 27 boards. The Mustangs also had a season high 20 turnovers as the Blue Raiders pressed the offense time and time again. The teams will undoubtedly meet in the sectional playoffs with much more at stake and the Mustangs looking for some redemption.
The Mustangs honored seniors Johnson, Madi Pearson, Kamalani, Patricia Thomasian, and Delaney Reardon at the Mustang’s senior night game Tuesday against the Fowler Redcats (12-9, 2-3 WSL). Scores not available at press time.
The Mustang seniors have been playing together for six years, including youth ball. The Redcats and Mustangs have met three times this season, with Minarets winning all three.
The team travels to Parlier Friday, as it looks to build some momentum heading into playoffs.