Mingus Union girls basketball lost their third game in a row on Friday night, but head coach Frank Nevarez was happy with how his team played.
No. 1 Coconino (21-2) beat the Lady Marauders 53-23 on Mingus’ senior night.
Coconino senior J.J. Nakai tallied 15 points, but didn’t score any in the second or fourth quarters and was held to 5 in the first.
“Personally, I thought our team played very well,” Nevarez said. “They just shot lights out. Their number one scorer, she averages 22, 23 a game; first half she only had five points. I think the rest of the team, they just shot extremely, extremely well. There are times when we played well on defense, they had a just a small little opening, they took advantage of it and they hit the basket.”
For Mingus, senior Destiny Razo scored 14 points and juniors Stephaney Esqueda and Nikki Zielinski had four.
Coconino held No. 18 Mingus Union (7-9) to six points in the first half, two in the first quarter. Coconino scored 31 points in the first half and 22 in the second half.
The Panthers have won 10 games in a row.
“They shot extremely well, but for us, after the first half, the second half, we came back, we did not give up, I think we showed a lot of pride, a lot of fortitude and we just played very well, so I was really proud of the girls, because they could have given up easily after the first half, but after the half, we came back and said ‘we’re not going to give up’ and they played very well.”
Friday night was the last home game for three Mingus seniors: Razo, Twylia Kohlbeck and Emily Bauers, who Nevarez called a “great group of kids.”
Nevarez said Razo is their spark plug, that he was impressed how Kohlbeck was able to come back from her injury and Bauers works hard and has a never-give-up attitude.
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