Paige Murch

Paige Murch retains a look of calm concentration despite the relentless pounding of the Lady Lynx’ defense Feb. 2 in The Corral.

NEEDLES — With the NIAA 2A South League playoffs right around the corner the Needles Lady ’Stangs beat the Mountain View Lady Saints 52-15 on Jan. 30 and lost to the Lincoln County Lady Lynx 42-29 on Feb. 2.

With the win and the loss the Lady ’Stangs’ overall record stands at 18-9. Their league record is at 10-4; they remain in third place in the playoff race.

Against Mountain View the Lady ’Stangs had 24 points, Lady Saints 2 in the first; Lady ’Stangs 13, Lady Saints 0 in the second; third Lady ’Stangs 6, Lady Saints 12; fourth Lady ’Stangs 9, Lady Saints 1.

Leading the way for the Lady ’Stangs was Preslee Murch with 20 points, Imani Evans with 10 points and Jasmine Mejia with six points.

The Lady ’Stangs liked their matchup in the paint and were constantly attacking that part of the floor and either getting good looks at the basket or getting to the charity stripe.

“We ran an overload to one side to try and get a little bit more movement from our post player and it worked out well for us,” said Manuel Calderon, Lady ’Stangs head coach. “Defensively we did a great job and everybody on the team got to see playing time tonight which is a big bonus for us.”

The Lady ’Stangs relentless defense was kept up throughout the game and the Lady Saints were having a hard time finding the bottom of the net.

The Lady ’Stangs next took on the undefeated and league-leading Lady Lynx.

The Lady ’Stangs were held to 1 point in the first quarter, Lady Lynx 9; second Lady ’Stangs 14, Lady Lynx 4, third Lady ’Stangs 5, Lady Lynx 15; fourth Lady ’Stangs 9, Lady Lynx 14.

The Lady ’Stangs’ Marie Mills led the team with 13 points and Preslee Murch followed with eight points.

“We started out in a 2-3 matchup which has worked for us but unfortunately early in the game they got off to a quick start and we couldn’t stop them defensively,” said Calderon. “So we went to a 2-3 zone and that got us enough stops that we were able to create good scoring opportunities.”

The Lady ’Stangs went into half time with a two point lead over the Lady Lynx but weren’t able to keep it. “In the second half we had a hard time defending their outside shooters and they made a couple of threes on us. We got out rebounded in the second half as well,” said Calderon. “We took 25 shots for the whole game which is not good and we struggled a bit from the three throw line. But we are still in third place and we are either going to face Democracy Prep or Lincoln County again in the playoffs.”

The Lady ’Stangs were set to take on the Adelson Lady Lions during senior night in The Corral on Feb. 6. They travel to take on the Calvary Chapel Lady Lions on Feb. 8 to end their regular season. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. in the varsity-only game.

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