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Madison Maxwell drives past a Choctaw defender. (Staff photo Shelly Holinsworth)
 
By Ryan Horton
Choctaw Times

CHOCTAW – The Mustang girls basketball  team opened their season on a down note.
Choctaw freshman Ana Llanusa scored 29 points to lead the No. 12-ranked Lady Yellowjackets to a 64-41 win at Choctaw High School.

After a defensive opening Choctaw would score first with seven minutes left in the first quarter, and the Lady Jackets would push that lead to 7-0 before Mustang could get on the board.

By the end of the first Choctaw would earn a five-point lead over the Lady Broncos, 19-14.

Play stayed consistent in the second as the Lady Jackets maintained their lead finishing the first half 31-26.
By the third quarter Choctaw seemed to find their rhythm as they outscored Mustang 17-6.

Opening the final quarter with a 48-32 lead Choctaw’s Lady Jackets demonstrated why they were ranked No. 12 going into the contest.

Choctaw outscored Mustang for a fourth and final quarter sealing the win, 64-41.

“It was a good start. Mustang played hard, they found ways to get themselves back in the game during the first half. In the second half we tightened up the defense a little bit and held them to six points in the third so that was a nice lift for us,” said Choctaw head coach Ryan Maloney.

Addyson Lawson and Madison Maxwell were both in double figures scoring for the Lady Broncos. Lawson led the way with 12 and Maxwell scored 11. Brooke Irwin added six points.

Llanusa led Choctaw with 29 points, Addie Vernon followed with 11 and Kiyra Biard scored eight.
Choctaw has started the last two seasons ranked in the top 20, and has finished each season one game shy of the state tournament.

Maloney says that will change this year, and the win over Mustang gave Choctaw the momentum needed to begin climbing the OSSAA 6A ladder.

“We started out ranked 13th, and moved up to 12th for our opening game. We hope to keep moving up the ladder. We’re going to be competitive, and we have room to develop” said Maloney.

The Lady Broncos were scheduled to play in the Lion Classic in Durant last week, but the event was cancelled due to weather. Instead, Mustang will play in the Ardmore Tournament after Christmas.

Mustang’s game against Edmond North Tuesday night was also postponed due to weather.

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