Lady Mustangs win, but win ugly over Meade
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:56
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
KISMET — Good teams are the ones that sometimes play poorly, but still win the ugly games. The No. 7-ranked Southwestern Heights Lady Mustangs did just that Tuesday night, committing 34 turnovers in a 47-41 win over an over-achieving Meade Lady Buffaloes team.
“It was an ugly win,” Heights coach Barry Mellen said. “I don’t know if we took Meade lightly or weren’t into it tonight. All four quarters, we just never got things going.”
The Lady Mustangs (14-2) held a slim 10-7 advantage at the end of the first period and only led 18-14 at halftime.
Neither team could get anything going offensively, while Meade’s defense put on a pretty good show.
“More of that could be related to their defensive effort,” Mellen said. “They were working hard. There was a loose ball, it seemed like they got it. They just out-worked us tonight.”
Meade opened the second quarter with a 4-0 run to take an 11-10 lead as Kinzie Friesen cut it to 10-8, and a steal by Tatum Hansen led to a Lissa Crain basket to give Meade the lead.
Heights missed two free throws, but was able to get a stop on the other end, and converted on their end when Jackie Loya ht a jumper for a 12-11 lead.
Heights got another stop, but a Hansen steal led to a Friesen basket and Meade was back up, 13-12. Heidi Brown hit a free throw to tie it at 13, then nailed a 3-pointer to give Heights a 16-13 lead.
The Lady Mustangs pulled it out to a 6-point lead early in the third, but Meade cut it back to one with a Friesen basket at 1:32 in the third. But SWH pulled it back out to a 32-26 lead at the end of the period.
When Rebi Jacobs hit a trey to give Heights a 40-30 lead, it looked like the coffin had been nailed shut with under three minutes to go. But the Lady Buffs had one more push, going on a 6-0 run behind Landry Cordes and Hansen.
Britney Reimer hit two huge shots in the final 35 seconds, but the Lady Mustangs hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 50 seconds to ice it.
The Lady Mustangs will play host to Elkhart for homecoming and senior night on Friday. Elkhart is one of only two teams to beat SWH this season.