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Mustang coach, Kevin Korstjens, directs Addyson Lawson earlier in the season. The Lady Broncos fell to Enid, 60-54 in the Bruce Gray consolation championship on Saturday. Photo by: Shelly Holinsworth.
 

By Trey Hunter
Mustang Times
Staff Writer


EDMOND-- The Mustang Lady Broncos turned an 11-point deficit into a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter, however, a 7-0, game ending run gave the Enid Pacers a 60-54 win in the consolation championship at the Bruce Gray Invitational on Saturday.

The Lady Broncos capitalized on their size advantage throughout the game as Brooke Irwin and Rebecca Hicks combined for 27 points and 13 rebounds. However, Enid neutralized Mustang’s two centers for parts of the contest and used a zone defense in the second half on the way to its consolation championship victory.

“We were a little frustrated at times,” Mustang head coach, Kevin Korstjens, said after the game. “You could see the girls get a little flustered when it was tough to get her (Irwin) the ball inside. We didn’t let them take that away, but we had to be a little more patient throwing it in late.”

“I wish we would have played the first half a little bit more like how we played in the second.”

Mustang’s Tori Shockley showed as the team's bright spot while the Lady Broncos struggled to feed the ball into the post. Shockley finished with 12 points and drained two threes in the first half, keeping the team within striking distance for the final 16 minutes.

“She (Shockley) had a great tournament,” Korstjens explained. “I’m proud of her for stepping in like she did, and not just for the shots she hit, but defensively too.”

“She’s a pest and for as small as she is, she probably boxes out better than anybody we have. She got pushed around a lot, but she just battled. I’m really happy with the way she played the last three days.”

Irwin and Hicks continued to dominate the paint offensively in the second half, however, the pair’s defense is what kept the Lady Broncos in the game late.

“They’ve (Irwin and Hicks) come so far defensively,” Korstjens said. “They have some skill offensively, but when they’re in there together, they’ve done a great job on the defensive end as well.”

Mustang took its final lead with under two minutes left in the game. Addyson Lawson drained a pair of free throws to give the Lady Broncos a 54-53 advantage, however, it wasn’t enough as the Pacers ended the game with a 7-0 run and captured the Bruce Gray consolation championship. 

“We’re starting to find our identity,” Korstjens said. “Obviously, Brooke (Irwin) is starting to turn it up offensively, which has been big. We just have to do a better job of closing it out. Hopefully we will learn from this and get ready to go again on Monday.”

Irwin led the way for the Lady Broncos with 15 points and eight rebounds. Madison Maxwell finished with seven points and three boards, Lawson finished with five points and two assists, Laci Joyner finished with five rebounds and Brandi Russell finished with two points and four rebounds to round out the starting unit.

Hicks led the bench with 12 points and five rebounds while Shockley finished with 11 points, including three triples to round out the second unit.

The Lady Broncos fell to 4-11 with loss and will host the Edmond North Lady Huskies on Monday at 6:15 p.m. 


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