Irwin, Schuster combine for 37
Mustangs down Titans in Crystal
The Midway-Minto (M-M) Mustangs girls basketball team rode into Crystal last Thursday and defeated the Drayton-Valley-Edinburg (D-V-E) Titans 62-45.
Helen Schuster led the Mustangs with 19 points and Mackenzie Irwin was right behind with 18. D-V-E’s Jalyn Larson scored 15 points followed by Alex Braathen with eight.
The Mustangs led from the start outscoring the Titans almost 2-1 in the first quarter, quickly jumping out to a 17-9 lead.
M-M extended that lead to 25-11 in the first 1:36 of the second quarter prompting Titans coach Wayne Stegman to call a timeout.
In the next four minutes D-V-E battled back and cut the lead to nine after Haley Jackson came off the bench and scored six points, two on a field goal and then going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
At the 2:30 mark of the second quarter is when Irwin and Schuster took over the game scoring all M-M’s points, leading the Mustangs on a 13-2 run.
“I encourage the girls to be aggressive and make things happen. Mackenzie (Irwin) and Helen (Schuster) really created momentum for us,” said M-M coach Scott Lloyd.
D-V-E went scoreless during the streak until Taylor Reilly scored a basket with 39 seconds remaining in the first half. The Mustangs took a comfortable 43-23 lead into the break.
The Titans made a run to open the third quarter and cut the lead to 12 before M-M’s Faith Maendel made their first basket of the second half, that coming at the 4:23 mark. After a couple of baskets by Dominique Martinez, the Mustangs increased their lead to 49-31, eventually ending the third quarter with a 51-35 lead.
A combined 18 fouls were called in the second half that slowly allowed D-V-E to cut the lead again, this time to 11 with 2:16 remaining in the game.
Lloyd called a timeout at this point to have his team use the shot clock to their advantage forcing the Titans to foul to stop the clock. After D-V-E scored at the 56-45 mark it was the free throw shooting of Martinez and Schuster that closed out the game allowing the Mustangs to take the 62-45 District 4 win.
Lloyd is pleased with the improvement his team is making.
“We’re moving the ball well and making the easy pass to open girls. As we continue to play, we’re getting better with each game. The contributions are coming from all the girls. It was a total team effort last night,” said Lloyd.
Titans coach Stegman remains positive despite the loss.
“I thought we got off to a slow start and were not aggressive enough in the first quarter. We had that stretch right before half where we couldn’t score and then had a few turnovers that led to easy shots for them. I was happy with the second half, we were more aggressive on defense and got some shots to fall. Jalyn (Larson) had a nice night with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Alex (Braathen) was right behind her with 8 points and 12 rebounds.”