By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
The Southwestern Heights Lady Mustangs took care of business after a sluggish first quarter, defeating the Satanta Lady Indians, 47-20.
“I’m not sure if we had a bad start or if they just had a great start, but they held us to seven in the first quarter,” said Lady Mustangs coach Barry Mellen. “ We did take some bad shots early on; we didn’t go with our power game like we normally do. Then from the second quarter on we not only got our power inside, but our shooters got hot as well.”
Heights definitely got their inside-outside game going. Rebi Jacobs led the Lady Mustangs with 15 points, including four 3-point baskets. Inside Sheree Ryan (11 points), Jackie Loya (6 points), and Rachel Stout (6) used their height advantage to score in the paint, and help the Lady Mustangs build a 20-7 lead at the half.
“Offensively, when you play a team that is going to pack it in, you have to make the extra pass, and after the first quarter we did. We were very balanced,” said Mellen.
But it was the defense that Mellen was most proud of, limiting Satanta’s shot selection and opportunities.
“Our defense is going to keep us in most games, and it definitely did,” said Mellen. “We are starting to do some really good things. We need to communicate better, but we moved our feet well and had active hands. We made good decisions on defense, and our rebounding was good.”
Heights continued to add to their lead in the third quarter by doubling up the Lady Indians 14-7 to take a commanding 34-14 lead into the fourth quarter. Heights won the fourth quarter too, 13-6.
Heights remains undefeated at 5-0, and will host Syracuse Friday.