West Grand/Girls Basketball: Mustangs prevail against Middle Park, drop league tilt to Meeker
The Lady Mustangs of West Grand High School played two games last week that had nearly identical scores.
On Tuesday in a game played in Granby against Middle Park High School, the Mustangs were on the favorable side of a 57-43 score.
On Friday night, the team from Kremmling felt the disappointment of being on the other side of that equation when they lost a road contest to Meeker, 57-42.
Against the Lady Panthers of Middle Park, four Mustang players scored in double figures, with Brook Cecil leading the way with 16 points. Renea Ellison and Taylor Pesch each scored 11 points and Rebecca Roller added 10 to the winning total.
“That is the first time this year we have had four players score in double figures,” Mustang coach Larry Banman said. “Plus, Rose (Hargadine) had one of the most balanced games I have seen this year.”
Hargadine, a senior center, scored six points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked one shot and recorded six steals.
Ellison and Pesch also had three assists while Cecil led the team in steals with nine. Roller, Ellison and Cecil each grabbed six rebounds.
The Mustangs jumped to a seven-point lead in the first quarter before Middle Park grabbed the momentum by scoring 10 straight points. In that rally Quincy Pedersen scored four of her 10 points for the game.
At the break, which Middle Park led 12-9, the Mustangs made a couple of defensive adjustments. West Grand was able to hold the Panthers to five points in the second frame, while scoring 15 points.
In the second-period rally, Cecil scored nine points, Roller added four and Ellison scored two points.
The two teams battled out a close third quarter, with West Grand increasing its advantage by one point. Pesch scored five points in the third quarter while Ellison added four points.
West Grand then withstood fullcourt pressure by Middle Park in the fourth quarter and outscored the Panthers, 19-13, to pull away to the final advantage.
Kristin VanHorn led Middle Park in scoring with 14 points. In addition to Pedersen’s 10 points, Shelley McLean and Rachel Linke each added five points to the total for the Lady Panthers.
“It felt like a well-played game by both teams,” coach Banman said. “We had a good balanced attack and that helped us in a game against a very good opponent.”
The league game on Friday against league foe Meeker started out well for West Grand, as six players scored in the first quarter and the Mustangs held a 13-12 advantage at the break.
In the second quarter, Meeker star guard Marki Cook scored nine points to lead the Cowboys to a 27-25 halftime advantage. Cecil and Hargadine countered with four points apiece in the second frame.
The third quarter proved to be the downfall in this game for the Lady Mustangs as the Cowboys outscored West Grand, 18-8. Janae Kendall for Meeker scored 12 of her 15 points in that frame.
The Mustangs recovered a bit in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points of their own and holding Meeker to 12 points. Cecil scored seven of her game-high 19 points in that frame, but the Cowboys were able to keep the Mustangs at bay.
“Their inside game in the third quarter was a good complement to their outside shooting in the second and fourth quarters,” Banman said. “In addition, they hit 80 percent of their freethrows. With 11 seniors and that type of balance, they can be hard to beat.”
In addition to the 19 points by Cecil, Hargadine scored eight points and Roller added six points.
Marki Cook led the Cowboys in scoring with 22 points while her sister Sydney Cook added 10 points to the 15 scored by Kendall.
After the loss to Meeker, the Mustangs have an overall record of 9-6 and are 2-4 in Western Slope League play.
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