Sat, March 28

Girls basketball falls to Mustangs - look to State
Marauders look ahead to State tournament after seeding is established

VVN/Wendy Phillippe

VVN/Wendy Phillippe

The Mingus Union girls basketball team got into foul trouble early against Sinagua Tuesday night and lost the 4A II Grand Canyon Region tournament game, 58-34.

Coach Will Rider hoped that home-court advantage would give them the win, but it didn't happen. Instead three of the team's starters, Tina Hagberg, Heather Rux and Kelsey Wokasch got into foul trouble early and spent most of the game on the bench. The edge went to the Mustangs, which took advantage.

Sinagua came out shooting and outscored the Marauders, 12-9 after the first quarter. Both teams caught fire in the second with the Mustangs again edging the Marauders, 17-15 for a 5-point lead at halftime.

In the third and fourth quarters, without the trio meant disaster for the Marauders as they lagged on offense and was outscored 17-5 and 12-5 in the third and fourth quarters.

Tina Hagberg was the only Marauder in double digits with 10 points on the game.

Despite the loss, the Marauders have a lot to look forward to ... the State Tournament. Currently the Marauders are ranked No. 8 in the Power Points, which would give them a 1st round game at home. But the rankings have not settled yet as the rest of the State is still finishing up conference play.

"We can finish as high as No. 7 or as low as No. 10," said coach Rider. "There are too many scenarios to anticipate who we are going to face in the first round and where."

The first round of the State Tournament will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the high seed's court. If the Marauders win that game, then they will most likely travel for the 2nd round game on Feb. 15th. From here on out, a loss will end the Marauders' season.

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