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Mustang's Laci Joyner goes up for a lay-up against Edmond North on Monday. The Lady Broncos won, 68-51. Photo by: Shelly Holinsworth.

By Trey Hunter
Mustang Times
Staff Writer

Mustang’s Brooke Irwin and Rebecca Hicks combined for 37 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Broncos defeated the Edmond North Huskies, 68-51 at home on Monday.

Mustang’s ability to play inside-out in the first half not only helped them gain a 37-28 advantage through 16 minutes, it helped extend the lead down the stretch as well.

The Lady Broncos looked to feed the post early in the game as Irwin scored eight of Mustang’s 14 points in the first quarter. Mustang’s guards racked up four assists in the quarter as they continued to drop the ball into the paint. And as Irwin took a break in the second, Hicks picked up right where she left off.

Hicks dropped 11 of the Lady Broncos’ 23 points in the second quarter as they turned a one-point, first quarter advantage into a nine-point lead going into the break.

The Lady Broncos guards’ patience and ability to feed the post paid off in the third quarter as they opened the second half with a 12-1 run.

Madison Maxwell and Addyson Lawson drained two threes midway through the third that turned a 14-point lead into 20, all but sealing the team’s fifth win. Maxwell and Lawson’s threes came off multiple passes from the post to the perimeter, something head coach, Kevin Korstjens credits to their patience in the first half.

“Anytime we can go inside-out, it’s big,” Korstjens said after the win. “Teams are trying to do different things to stop Brooke (Irwin), but the girls continue to be patient. I thought we did a good job early and it forced them to adjust, which in turn left us wide-open for other things.”

“The girls are starting to figure out that patience will benefit them later on.”

The win marked the fourth game in five day for the Lady Broncos. However, it didn’t show as Mustang, led by Laci Joyner, won the effort battle against the Huskies.

With just 15 seconds left in the first half, Joyner dove on the floor for a loose-ball, collected it on the ground and delivered a pass to Rebecca Hicks who finished an old-fashioned, three-point play as time expired.

“I thought the Laci (Joyner) set the tone for us early,” Korstjens said. “I was worried about playing our fourth game in five days, but I liked the way our girls responded.”

“Laci (Joyner) started that by diving on the floor at the end of the first half. She doesn’t take possessions off. What she gives us in effort and how hard she works, we wouldn’t be able to win without it.”

Hicks led all scorers with 19 points in the win. Irwin finished with 18 points and six rebounds while Joyner finished with four points, a team-high eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Lady Broncos moved to 5-11 after the win and will host the Choctaw Yellow Jackets on the team’s homecomig, Friday at 6:30.

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