Mustangs defeat Fowler and Parlier

The Minarets Mustangs girls basketball team (14-5, 5-2 West Sequoia League), celebrated Senior Night with a 48-38 win over Fowler (14-10, 5-3 WSL) Feb. 9, after being up by one point at the half.

It was the third time this season that the Mustangs defeated Fowler, including a preseason tournament victory to win the Fowler Invitational.

The teams traded baskets most of the third period, but in the fourth, the Redcats showed signs of fatigue, with Minarets proving to be the better conditioned team, pulling away for the 10 point win.

Fowler was forced to foul in the closing minutes in a final attempt to get within striking distance, but Mustang Danielle Johnson converted 4 of 4 shots from the charity line, to ice the victory. Senior Natalie Chamberlain led all scorers with 13 points, including two 3-pointers, followed by Johnson’s 12, and center Kristy Berry adding 11.

Last Friday the Mustangs traveled to Parlier (1-16, 0-7 WSL), putting up 25 points in the first quarter before winning 44-13. Thomasian and Berry scored 12 points each to lead the Mustangs, with Johnson contributing 10, and Kelea Kamalani getting six.

Berry controlled the boards for the Mustangs with 13 rebounds of the teams 33, while recording three blocked shots. The junior has 176 rebounds on the season along with 21 blocked shots. Kamalani is not far behind with 129 rebounds, she leads the team in assists with 60. Thomasian has 104 rebounds, 53 of those on the offensive side of the ball.

The Mustangs played Riverdale (7-12, 2-7 WSL) earlier this week (results not available at press time). Minarets has won both meeting between the two clubs, a 42-19 stomping Jan. 7, and a much closer contest Jan. 26, in which the Mustangs won 48-39. Minarets will be without the services of Chamberlain due to illness.

The Mustangs will conclude their regular season with a home game against Fresno Christian (4-13, 2-7 WSL), 6 p.m. Friday.

In the teams first meeting the Mustangs dominated from tip off to the final buzzer, winning 69-33. Coach Dee Kamalani has been developing her bench throughout the season and it will pay dividends if Chamberlain is still out Friday.

The Mustangs sit in second place in the WSL, with its two losses coming at the hands of Caruthers who will be crowned league champs at the end of the week.

Central Section D-V playoff seedings will be announced Friday. The Mustangs should secure a home game in the first round.

Currently has the Mustangs ranked No. 2 in D-V, behind Wonderful College Prep Academy. Caruthers is No. 4 behind San Joaquin Memorial.