Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mustangs outrun Panthers at end

If I had one wish for every team I've watched in high school girl's basketball since I actually became interested shortly before the turn of the century, it's that they could make it through the season injury free. Hightower, Cy Falls and Cy Ranch have battled through more injuries than any other team if I'm not mistaken and I'm talking about multiple players on each team but the Mustangs of Cy Ranch may just have everyone beat as far as that. Last night marked the return of Deauzya Richards, one of the top players in the country and D'Asia Collins, one of the states top sophomore points played in her second game showing know lingering effects from a knee injury

Arianna Whitfield has been out multiple games, as well as Rachel Tapps, Whitfield is one of the top 17s in the state, she scored her number (20) while Tapps has signed with UTEP, so this can change the complexion of a team dramatically if one of those D1 pieces of  the puzzle or not there. The Mustangs weren't as crisp as they'll be in a week or two but the chemistry is definitely there in time for the run and they fought off a talented Cy Springs squad who are battling for a playoff spot as well.

Tasia Hayes went off dropping four threes on the evening including two in the first quarter giving the Panthers an early 19-14 lead after one, in fact they lead after each of the first three quarters as multiple players put up numbers including 6'2 freshman Tiffany Mack who scored 10. Richards also scored 10 for  Cy Ranch in return but her desire to go after the ball, aka following her shots, is somewhat of a lost art nowadays but this was a pretty good game, both teams are still in the playoff hunt and if the Mustangs stay healthy, they could be hunting 1-10 West