Burros too much for M-M
Irwin leds Mustangs with 20 points
On the upside, the Midway-Minto (M-M) Mustangs held the Hillsboro-Central Valley (H-CV) Burros to 50 points in Tuesday’s quarterfinal game of the Region 2 Girls’ Basketball Tournament. On the downside, the Mustangs struggled offensively and that translated into a 50-34 loss, an exit to the tournament and an end to the 2012-2013 basketball season.
“They scored more points than we wanted them to, but I think they (H-CV) had to earn their points,” M-M coach Randy Rice said. “I didn’t see a lot of (H-CV) kids out there smiling while they were playing.”
Midway-Minto sophomore MacKenzie Irwin fired the first salvo of the game to put the Mustangs up 3-0, but the Burros answered with the next seven points on the way to a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was fairly close. The Burros managed to outscore the Mustangs 10-8 and held a 22-13 halftime lead.
In the third quarter the wheels came off the cart for the Mustangs. Katie Bartuska opened the scoring for M-M on a baseline drive, but the Mustangs wouldn’t score again until the final second of the quarter on a banked in 12-footer by Irwin.
In the meantime, the Burros dominated the offensive boards to score 16 points, many of them of the put-back variety and built a 38-17 lead heading into the final quarter.
“We just don’t have the size,” Rice said. “They’ve got the height and they crash (the boards). If we don’t get a body on them right away and set the tone, we’re in for a long night.”
All in all, Rice said he couldn’t complain about his teams’ performance.
“I though it was all good,” he said. “The thing we’ve stressed all year is to compete, do what you’re supposed to do and play hard. Win or lose, we don’t care.”
Irwin led the Mustangs and all scorers with 20 points, followed by Helen Schuster with six, Kelsey Altendorf and Rachel Olson with three points each and Katie Bartuska with two points.
Kennedy Henningsgard led the Burros with 16 points, followed by Taylor Henningsgard with 11 and Jessi Sundbom and Rachel Murphy with six points each.
The statistics bear out the Mustangs’ shooting woes. M-M finished the contest shooting 9-for-35 from the field, good for 25 percent. The Mustangs went 9-for-20 from the free-throw line, good for 60 percent.
The Burros were more productive from the field, finishing the game going 20-for-38, good for 53 percent.
H-CV finished the contest going 7-for-12 from the charity stripe, good for 47 percent.
H-CV out-rebounded M-M 29-19. In the turnover department, the Burros gave the ball away 13 times and the Mustangs committed nine turnovers.
The win improved H-CV to 17-5 and into a semifinal matchup against Grafton.
The loss ended the Mustangs season at 13-9.
According to Rice, the future looks bright for his young squad, but he’ll miss his three seniors, Katie Bartuska, Kelsey Altendorf and Rachel Olson.
“There’s no reason for these kids to not be back here next year, but there’s a lot of work to do,” Rice said. “I can’t say enough about our seniors. They all work extremely hard. We’ve been undersized for the last 2-3 years. They make up for it with floor-burns and bruises. They’re great role models.”