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Ladies trample Lincoln, head into break 5-0

December 31, 2018

NEEDLES — It was a 52-29 victory for the Needles High School Lady ’Stangs over their NIAA 2A South League basketball rival Lincoln County Lady Lynx on Dec. 20 in The Corral.

With the win, the Lady ’Stangs remain in first place in the south league with a 5-0 league record and a 13-2 overall record.

The Lady ’Stangs felt comfortable the whole game and they were able to control the pace of the game. In the first quarter, the Lady ’Stangs jumped to a 13-6 lead over the Lady Lynx by being able to break the full court press that the Lady Lynx were running.

“We have a couple of different types of plays that we run to break the press,” said Manuel Calderon, Lady ’Stangs head coach. “One of those plays was resulting in us getting good looks by cutting hard to the basket from the baseline.”

The Lady ’Stangs kept on finding the back door cut against the Lady Lynx’ press, which gave them a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Marie Mills ended with 16 points for the Lady ’Stangs, Paige Murch scored 14 points and Jordyn Breaux ended with eight points to round out the top three scorers.

The Lady ’Stangs would switch back to a 2-3 matchup zone defense from time to time in their half-court set.

“We would always lean a little bit to the side where their shooters were in order for them not to beat us with the three-point shot,” said Calderon.

The Lady ’Stangs continued their game plan of beating the press and went into halftime with a 28-17 lead.

The Lady ’Stangs didn’t let up in the third quarter as they kept on pushing forward against the Lady Lynx. They managed to push their lead to 44-21 midway through the quarter and finished the third up 44-24.

When the fourth quarter came up Calderon cleared his bench in order to give his younger players some in-game minutes.

The Lady ’Stangs are off for the Christmas break but are back in action in the Gator Winter Classic Jan. 2-5.

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