Lady Mustangs can’t catch up to Rains in 46-28 defeat
On Friday, the Chisum Lady Mustangs basketball team played its home finale against the playoff-bound Emory Rains Lady Wildcats. The visitors jumped out to an early 10-2 lead and seemed to be cruising to the finish line. Chisum fought back with several efforts throughout the rest of the game to keep things competitive, but Rains seemed to have an answer for every Lady Mustang surge en route to a 46-28 victory.
The Lady Wildcats scored the game’s opening bucket but sophomore guard Peyton Holland swished a baseline jumper with 5:38 left in the first quarter to tie the score at 2-2. From there, Rains used a quick 8-0 run to build a 10-2 lead. With 3:32 left in the opening frame, Chisum called timeout to regroup, and the home team put together the first of several solid runs that pushed and challenged the Rains squad.
Freshman Emma Garner found senior Chloe Prestridge down low for an easy layup with 1:08 left, then senior guard Jordan Lawson came off the bench and swished a 3-pointer from the right wing with 45 seconds left to trim the deficit to 10-7 in the blink of an eye. The Lady Wildcats eventually took a 13-7 lead into the second quarter and, although Chisum hung tough through most of the final three quarters, a few lapses and timely offense from Rains proved to be the perfect storm.
“The hesitation comes from just being unsure and, once they become sure of themselves and fully trust that their teammates are going to be in the right spot, then we become a totally different team,” Lady Mustangs head basketball coach Will Smith said. “When we played Edgewood here, we would have spurts where we would be flying around, in the right spots, and getting steals. Then, we would be second-guessing ourselves, backing up, and giving up easy passes. Once they become sure of themselves and each other, we’re going to be pretty good.”
Chisum’s success continued in the first half, though, as the home team’s ball movement, interior scoring on offense, and the presence of 6-foot-1 junior Harmony Marsh anchored the paint with four first-half blocks. The Lady Mustangs trailed 21-11 at the break and stayed within striking distance into the fourth quarter, but Emory Rains gradually pulled away down the stretch as several timely outside shots proved to have a significant impact on Friday night’s outcome.
Holland led Chisum with 9 points while Marsh scored 8 points, blocked 5 shots, and pulled down several rebounds. Prestridge also scored 8 points while Lawson added 3 points. Senior guard Leo Terry scored 19 points and senior post Chanlee Oakes had 12 points to lead the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Mustangs were eliminated from the postseason and dropped the second of two meetings against the Lady Wildcats. However, Smith was encouraged by the way his team rebounded and expects more improvement and familiarity going forward.
“We’ve been working on good closeouts and boxing out, which killed us the first time we played Rains,” Smith said. “They had I want to say 26 offensive rebounds the first time we played them, and most of those came in the second and third quarters, so I was very pleased with the effort on the boards tonight. We just have to keep getting better because turnovers and offensive rebounds have been our Achilles heel this year. If we just keep getting better at that and build on that going into next year with more experience, we’re going to be a lot better for it.”
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