The early season success for the Lady Mustangs (6-3) was put to a temporary halt Dec. 18 against Arvada West (6-5), as the Lady Wildcats willed their way to the 44-33 road victory. Despite the loss, …
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The early season success for the Lady Mustangs (6-3) was put to a temporary halt Dec. 18 against Arvada West (6-5), as the Lady Wildcats willed their way to the 44-33 road victory.
Despite the loss, MR found themselves with the lead after a quarter, 14-12. Behind eight points from senior Anna Giampietro (two 3-pointers) and fantastic defensive energy early, the home team’s lead vanished in the second quarter and the Lady Mustangs could never get it back.
Scoring just three points in the second, MR couldn’t grasp the usual flow of their offense, as the ball became stagnant at times. However, because of the consistent defensive effort of the Lady Mustangs, Arvada West only put up nine points in the quarter, keeping the home team hanging around going to halftime.
Seeming to come from behind all evening, MR found themselves within 1-point of AW with 2:23 remaining in the third. Closing the quarter out on a 9-2 run, the Lady Wildcats seemed to grasp control. That’s at least what they thought.
Not allowing a point for the first four minutes and 41 seconds of the fourth, Mountain Range’s full-court pressure led by juniors Lillian West, Reis Lay, Millie Alvarado, and freshman Aaliyah Chavez put the Lady Mustangs into stealing situations. With their aggressive, hard-nosed defensive play jumpstarting the offensive fast-break, MR found themselves within three heading to crunch time. But, unfortunately for Mountain Range, AW responded, as they did all night.
Rallying with a 10-2 final sprint to close the game, Arvada West made just enough plays to escape with their third road win in four tries. MR’s miscues offensively in the paint and at the free-throw line proved costly as the Lady Mustangs drop their second in a row.
“They (Arvada West) did a nice job,” Mountain Range coach Bill Giampietro said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them, but we just couldn’t get any continuity together on offense tonight. We were getting stops, but we just didn’t execute the way we have been. It was a tough one. We just need to hit our free throws, layups and move the ball better and learn from this one.”
Giampietro led Mountain Range with 16 points followed by six from West. Sophomore Hannah Chavez and Alvarado each recorded four.
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