Mingus Union High School girls basketball has had its ups and downs this season. Friday was one of those downs. The Marauders began section play with a 52-31 loss at Flagstaff High School.
But last week wasn't all bad for Mingus. Earlier in the week, the team beat Lee Williams High School 45-38.
Head coach Dave Moncibaez said the key to that win was how his team started the game.
"We jumped on them early," Moncibaez said. "On offense, we were clicking."
He added the Marauders built a big lead.
"Had them by 20," he said. "We started to do some substitutions due to fouls. That changed the game a little bit. But, we never really let them back in. The score looks a little closer than what it was."
Friday was a different story. This game was already the second time the Marauders played Flagstaff. Even though Mingus and Flagstaff are in the same section, their first match-up at Mingus was a non-section game. Friday was the start of section play.
Stat leaders for Mingus were Angelyana Razo with 14 points. Sharon Reghborg had the most rebounds with eight. Kylie Streck had a team-high five assists.
Moncibaez said in the two games, Flagstaff has had the Marauders' number.
"They rattled us a little bit," he said. "They got out on our passes and anticipated them very well."
He added turnovers were a problem for his team.
"We were throwing the ball away and we couldn't make easy shots," he said. We had our opportunities to get back into the game. I'm pretty proud of them. But we need to make the easy ones and less turnovers. We're right in that game if we don't turn the ball over."
This wasn't the first time this season Mingus struggled with turnovers. This also wasn't the first time the Marauders had a lot of turnovers against Flagstaff. In the first game against Flagstaff, Mingus had 40 turnovers.
Moncibaez said there were still some positives from the Flagstaff loss on Friday.
"Our defense played pretty well," he said. "On offense, we just turned the ball over. We want to be strong with the ball. When we turn the ball over, we don't get any chances to score. The chances we did have, we missed our easy shots. We had opportunities. But, we need more."
He added it all starts with fewer turnovers.
"We need to get more opportunities from taking care of the ball," Moncibaez said.
He mentioned that many of the Marauders' turnovers were the result of good Flagstaff defense.
"We weren't making strong passes," he said.
Moncibaez said the team's mistakes are correctable.
"Everything that we were doing we can fix," he said. "We just need to be more confident and worry about our passes."