Lady Mustangs fall in CCCAA tournament

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NORWALK — The Lady Mustangs season came to a heartbreaking end in the California Community College Athletic Association tournament with a 60-53 defeat to the Mt. San Antonio Mounties.

First team All-State Selina Moore finished as the Mustangs leading scorer with 20 points, but was held to a disappointing 5-21 shooting.

The Mustangs came out strong as it built a quick eight-point lead early in the first half as sophomore Nishalina Buksh and Freshmen Brianna Smith hit three pointers.

The Mustangs defense bullied the Mounties, by holding them to 20 percent shooting (7-35) in the first half.

However, the Mustangs committed 12 team fouls putting the Mounties at the free throw line where Mt. San Antonio capitalized on by hitting 10-15 attempts.

The teams went into the half tied at 24.

The second half started with a quick pace as both teams traded baskets causing the lead to change sides on multiple possessions.

With the Mustangs trailing 31-29 Moore to a pass from the right side of the three point line and hit a 3-pointer to give the ladies their last lead of the game.

The Mounties offense came to life, as they broke open a close game thanks to freshman Priscilla Lopez (seven points) and sophomore John’ne Thompson (12 points).

The Mounties were also able to take advantage inside the paint outscoring the ladies 28-14 as the team built a 14-point lead with eight minutes left in the game.

The Mustangs also hurt themselves, as they had problems at the free throw line as they went 6-14 from the line in the second half, and 8-19 overall for the game.