By EARL WATT and RICK YEARICK
• Daily Leader
The defending state champion Lady Mustangs kept their record perfect Tuesday with a 77-31 rout of Satanta.
The Lady Mustang defense held the Lady Indians scoreless until the final four minutes of the first half.
While the defense had the clamps on Satanta, the Lady Mustangs were scoring at will.
Heights stifling defense led to a 23-0 first quarter lead.
By halftime, the Lady Mustangs had a 38-9 lead.
Heights was able to turn defense into offense, forcing 14 first-half turnovers that resulted in points on the offensive side.
The domination continued in the third quarter. The Lady Mustangs extended their lead to 66-20.
With the lead in hand, Heights coach Barry Mellen substituted in the fourth and cruised to the 77-31 win.
Deni Jacobs led all scorers with 21 points, Lindsay Garinger had 15, and Heidi Brown scored 12 including two three-pointers.
Marissa Angel came off the bench to score six and also helped by running the point-guard position.
Sophomore Rachel Stout earned game experience and provided defense while scoring four.
“Defense is the key,” Mellen said. “We don’t want to be outworked. We have a balanced offense, and we have great effort right now.”
The win advanced Southwestern Heights to 5-0 on the season and protected their No. 1 ranking in Class 2A
The Lady Mustangs are expecting to be tested by Syracuse at home Friday.