GIRLS HOOP ROUNDUP: Lady Mustangs sink H-F to earn playoff berth
Published 9:58 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2020
WEST ORANGE – Utilizing a knockout punch early with a punishing, physical defense, the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs accomplished something Tuesday night that the program has not done since 2007 – and that’s making the playoffs.
The Lady Mustangs outscored Hamshire-Fannett 17-0 in the first quarter and never looked back as they notched a 52-24 District 22-4A victory at Mustang Gym.
The Lady Longhorns (1-19, 0-11) wilted under the full-court defensive pressure that Coach D.J. Wilson and the Lady Mustangs (17-11, 6-4) applied to them in the first quarter.
Six different Lady Mustangs scored in the first-quarter onslaught as they forced the Lady Longhorns into 10 of their 25 turnovers in the first eight minutes.
The Lady Mustangs extended their lead to 25-6 by intermission as B’Jne Arvie, Keshaunia Winbush, Marlandria Hebert and Aniah Henderson each scored five points in the first half.
The Lady Longhorns did not get a bucket until 5:24 left in the second quarter off of a Kinteza Lee drive and layup.
Arvie helped push the WO-S cushion to 39-13 by the end of the third quarter as WO-S went on a 14-7 spurt. Arvie was dominant in the paint in the quarter as she bruised her way inside for all 14 of the Lady Mustang points in the period.
There was no doubt it was a physical encounter, one the Lady Mustangs won handily.
WO-S finished with a whopping 57-19 rebounding advantage.
Arvie led the way again with her typical double-double, that she is known for, as she poured in 19 points and snagged 13 rebounds.
Henderson chimed in with 11 points and seven boards. Winbush had five points and collected 10 rebounds. Hebert had five points and five boards. Gabby Tims played fierce defense and captured 11 rebounds while Temecia Adams collected seven rebounds.
Carli Jo Taylor led the Lady Longhorns with six points. Lee finished with five points while Kennedi Hatcher added four points and a team-high five rebounds.
The Lady Mustangs had just 16 turnovers. Their only “sore” spot on the night was from the free-throw line, where they made just 13-of-33 from the charity stripe.
Hamshire-Fannett struggled just as much, going just 4-for-14.
The Lady Mustangs are still in the thick of trying to up their playoff seeding, battling Lumberton and Silsbee for the second through fourth-place playoff berths with two games remaining.
The Lady Mustangs will visit first-place Hardin-Jefferson Friday and will host LC-M Tuesday.
ORANGEFIELD – The Orangefield Lady Bobcats smashed the Kountze Lionettes 65-19 in District 22-3A play at Bobcat Gym Tuesday night.
Jacey Bourque paced the Lady Bobcats (26-11, 10-2) with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Faith Fregia had 11 points and a pair of steals. Harleigh Rawls notched eight points, four steals and four rebounds. Kenadie Dubois had nine points and three boards. Stormi Lorenzo contributed five steals, four rebounds and three assists while Madison Greenway chimed in with five points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Bobcats will head to Anahuac Friday.
LUMBERTON – The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears fell to the Lumberton Lady Raiders 81-51 in District 22-4A play at Raiders Gym Tuesday night.
Zaria Johnson sparked the Lady Bears (13-12, 2-8) against the Lady Raiders (22-11, 8-3) as she poured in 19 points and had four assists.
Chelsea Perry filtered in 10 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Brittany Wyatt had eight points and six boards while Zoe Levens added seven points.
The Lady Bears will play host to Bridge City Friday. Bridge City (17-13, 3-7) fell to first-place Hardin-Jefferson (23-8, 10-0) 62-32 Tuesday night.