Mingus girls beat Sedona, look to Flagstaff

Head coach Dave Moncibaez said the Marauders need to play better defense. VVN/Derek Evans

Head coach Dave Moncibaez said the Marauders need to play better defense. VVN/Derek Evans

Mingus Union High School girls basketball is 2-2 on the season. The Marauders are coming off an impressive win against Sedona on Tuesday. The Marauders are hoping for more of the same this season.

Head coach Dave Moncibaez said his team played in a tournament before the Sedona game. The Marauders went 1-2 in the tournament.

"We lost pretty handily to Queen Creek," Moncibaez said. "We played Westwood really tough. We saw a lot of good things and made a lot of good corrections from that tournament."

The Marauders beat Sedona 60-46.

He added certain things worked well in the Sedona game.

"Our press was effective," he said. "They kept getting the ball in the middle, which we don't want them too. We kept the pace that we wanted to keep on offense, we are moving the ball. I think we could have been doing a little bit better. On defense, we had some break downs."

The Marauders next game is at home on Monday vs Flagstaff. Although Flagstaff is in Mingus' section, it will count as a non-section game. The Marauders will begin section play in two weeks when they rematch Flagstaff.

Moncibaez said he knows Flagstaff well.

"They're always outside shooters," he said. "They always like to shoot from the outside. We need to contest those shots and make sure that we're boxing out. We don't want to give up second chances to them."

Moncibaez said his team needs to improve.

"I believe on defense, we can still get a lot better," he said. "On offense, if we can keep moving the ball and not rush. We have a tendency to rush our shots instead of waiting for a good one. It's defensively, we need to be more fundamental."

Moncibaez added he thinks it's a benefit his team gets a section opponent before section play actually starts.

"I think it's a big advantage," he said. "We really want to go out there and take it to them the first time. Especially at home, and make those adjustments for the next time we meet."

For the Marauders to beat Flagstaff, senior guard Kylie Streck needs to have a big game. Streck said it was the little things which got Mingus the win over Sedona.

"We hustled," she said. "We talked to each other. We moved the ball very good."

Although Streck said the Marauders talked to each other at Sedona, she said communication could have been better in the tournament prior. She also said the Marauders just didn't do the little things well.

"I know we were tired, but we could have hustled more," she said.

Another important Mingus player is junior guard Vivian Koeppe. Koeppe said the Marauders beat Sedona because of how well the team played on offense.

Last year, the Marauders had their best season in five years.

"I think we can keep that pace," Koeppe said. "We have a very fast team. We have a lot of potential."

Koeppe said for the Marauders to reach their full potential, it starts in practice.

"We just need to gel with each other," she said.

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