Kremmling " West Grand girls deal decisive defeat to DeBeque
A resounding victory after an emotional loss was just what the doctor ordered for the West Grand High School Lady Mustangs basketball team.
On Saturday, the Mustangs defeated DeBeque 62-12 after being defeated by the Hayden Tigers, 68-43 on Friday night.
The Mustangs traveled to Hayden on Friday night to play the ranked Tigers. For most of the first half, the Mustangs outplayed Hayden, leading after the first quarter, 13-12. In the second quarter, West Grand was bothered by the Hayden full court press and the Tigers pulled away to a 30-17 lead.
In the third quarter, the Tigers displayed their team depth and scored 21 points to only eight for West Grand. In the final frame, the Mustangs regrouped and scored 17 points to keep the advantage for the Tigers from growing.
In the middle two frames, Hayden standouts Holli Salazar and Kylee Sweetser combined for 29 points. The two players had 45 of the 68 scored for Hayden.
“The first half and particularly the first quarter was the best defensive basketball we have played all year,” coach Larry Banman said. “I was really happy with the way we played against an outstanding team. I know the girls were disappointed that we let the game get away from us in the middle of the contest. I appreciate their competitive spirit and I know we would like to play them again.”
For the Mustangs, Brook Cecil was the leading scorer with eight points, while Melissa Kraker and Rebecca Roller each scored six points and Renea Ellison and Samantha Tracy scored six apiece. For the Mustangs, a total of 10 players got into the scoring column.
“I was pleased that in a game of this magnitude, we had several players step up and not flinch in the glare of the spotlight,” Banman said.
In the game with DeBeque, the Mustangs started the game with a fullcourt press and quickly pulled to a huge lead. West Grand led DeBeque at the end of the first quarter, 26-1.
Cecil led the team in scoring again, this time with 18 points. The junior wing player took advantage of several turnovers and raced down for numerous layups. Kraker had 10 points, Roller scored eight points and Erin Beason, Ellison and Taylor Pesch all had six points apiece.
The Mustangs had 23 steals as a team, while only registering 10 turnovers. Rose Hargadine led the team in rebounds with eight, while Rebecca Roller and Hannah Howell had seven rebounds apiece. Ellison led the team in assists with seven while Hargadine had three assists. Kraker led the team in blocked shots with three while Hargadine had two assists.
“DeBeque only has five players on their team and I applaud their effort and good spirit,” coach Banman said. “I thought we did a good job of rebounding from an emotional evening in Hayden to play solid basketball.
“I like the way all of the players are hitting the floor, ready to play,” Banman continued. “There isn’t a single player on the team that isn’t giving 100 percent each and every game.”
The win on Saturday evened the Mustangs league record at 1-1 and improved their season record to 6-3.
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