Lady Mustangs split first two league games |

Lady Mustangs split first two league games

Sky-Hi Daily News staff
Grand County, CO Colorado

Western Slope League play began last week for the West Grand Mustangs, and the girls from Kremmling lost at home to Hayden, 68-42 and then traveled to De Beque and won, 44-17.

“Hayden has a lot of weapons,” coach Larry Banman said. “I thought we handled their press fairly well, but their post players are very strong. This year they also have a good mid-range shooting game that will make them a force in the league.”

The second quarter proved to be the real undoing for the Mustangs as they were outscored 21-10. In the second half, coach Banman said, West Grand played the Tigers evenly. “We cut down on our mistakes and did a better job of taking advantage of what we were given. Our key this year will be to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.”

The Mustangs were led in scoring by Hannah Howell, Melissa Kraker and Brook Cecil, with 11 points each. The team was eight for 15 from the freethrow line.

Kraker led the team in rebounding with nine while Destry Heide grabbed eight caroms. Howell, who was battling illness, had seven boards.

“I thought our post players did a good job in the second half of not being intimidated by the Hayden post players,” Banman noted.

Hayden was led in scoring by Rachael and Erin Koehler, both of whom had 12 points. Kyra Rolando and Delanie Vedepo had 10 points apiece.

On Saturday, the Mustangs were able to turn the table and defeat De Beque in a game that saw the Mustangs limit the Dragons to one point in the first quarter.

“We executed the break and our offense pretty well,” coach Banman said. “We just weren’t always able to convert the chances we were given. I was very pleased with the effort the girls gave during the game. It is hard to come back from a disappointing loss and then give full effort. These girls do that time and time again and should be commended.”

Howell and Cecil were again the leading scorers, this time with 12 points apiece. Kraker and Taylor Pesch had six points apiece, Destry Heide chipped in with four points while Erin Beason and Maddie Roller added two points apiece to the winning effort.

Heide was the leading rebounder with nine while Howell and Kraker each grabbed six caroms. The team failed to convert on the three free-throw attempts it had.

For De Beque, Lexxi Vainer scored nine points and converted two three-pointers. The Dragons played only five players throughout the contest.