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Thu, April 09

Senior night vs. Sinagua - lucky for boys, not for girls

The Mingus boys basketball team ended their regular season on a high note as they defeated the Sinagua Mustangs at home, 59-43.

Friday night was also senior night for the Marauders as the crowd and coaches recognized the seniors on the team and their family. Travis Adcock, Josue Ortiz, Dmitri Zagar, Jay Arthur and Tyler Butler make up the senior power on the team.

Once the recognition was over, tip-off started the game and a 19-8 first quarter for the Marauders as they started off to a commanding lead. Each team scored 11 points in the second quarter, giving the Marauders an 11 point lead at the half.

In the third quarter the Mustangs chipped away at the lead. By the end of the quarter, the Marauders were up by nine. That Mustang momentum wouldn't last long as Mingus put up 17 points to Sinagua's 10 and shut the door on the Marauders' final regular season game.

Adcock finished the night with 13 points, followed by Ortiz with 11, Harold Mitchell and Mike Cook each with nine. Zagar added eight, Todd Ritter had five and Tyler Butler added four.

Next week the Marauders participate in the regional tournament and compete for a place in the State tournament the following week. Mingus finished the season 14-11 and the No. 3 seed in the 4A II Grand Canyon region, behind No. 1 Page and No. 2 Flagstaff.

Senior night did not bring any luck to the Mingus girls basketball team as they fell to the Sinagua Mustangs, 60-35 in their last home game and regular season game of the year.

The Mustangs came out firing while the Marauders floundered a bit, trailing 22-2 after the first quarter. Mingus rebounded though and outscored their opponent, 13-7 in the second quarter, dropping the Mustangs' lead to 15 at the half.

In the third quarter the Mustangs kept pounding away and extended their lead with an 18-12 quarter. Finally in the fourth quarter the deficit was too much and Sinagua outscored Mingus 13-8 for the 25-point victory.

Nicole Webb led the Marauders with eight points, followed by Kelsey Wokasch with seven and Elissa Banuelos with six.

The Marauders look to Coconino on Monday to battle for a chance at more games in the regional tournament beginning on Tuesday. Coconino and Mingus have split games this season with one win apiece. Hopefully Mingus can rebound from Friday's loss to continue its season into the next rounds of the regional tournament.

Seniors recognized on Friday night were Brenda Rauch, Emily Potts, Natalie Johnson and Elissa Banuelos.

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