Friday April 23, 2021
After defeating Beyer High 45-36 at home the night before, Mountain House traveled to Modesto California for the second game of the back-to-back and defeated Beyer 42-41, capped by the game-winning 3 pointer by sophomore Sariah Fobert, freshman Niara Mangrum’s first Varsity double double of her career, and junior Elani Khoe’s superb defense in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs slogged through the first half and led 19-18 at halftime, with Fobert leading the way with 9 points. Senior Maya Gorman finished the half with 4 fouls, forcing Coach Ursal to adjust the lineup with freshman Niara Mangrum starting the half instead of Gorman. Mangrum led the charge with 6 points in the quarter, but the Mustangs found themselves down 34-29 on a buzzer-beater three pointer by Beyer sophomore Allie Robinson, her fourth 3-pointer of the quarter that had the momentum squarely on Beyer’s side.
To the Mustangs credit, they picked up their defense and held Beyer to 7 points in the 4th quarter led by junior Elani Khoe, Gorman and Mangrum’s pressure. With less than a minute left, the Mustangs found themselves down 39-41. They forced a held ball and on a set play from their own baseline, Fobert inbounded the ball to Gorman who delivered a perfect pass back to Fobert for the game-winning corner 3-pointer that gave the Mustangs the 42-41 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
With less than 10 seconds left, Beyer had their chance to win the game when Mustangs sophomore Raavi Virk fouled Beyer’s #2 Karel Ylagan to prevent a fast break layup. Beyer missed the 2 free throws before having to foul Mustangs freshman Lauren Estrella with less than 5 seconds on the clock. On the ensuing miss on the front end of the one-on-one, Beyer secured the rebound and heaved a desperation half court shot that fell short, giving Mountain House their 2nd victory in this shortened 2020-21 season.
Fobert and Mangrum both finished with double doubles (12 points, 13 rebounds each) with Gorman finishing with 9 pts, 10 rebounds. Sophomore Raavi Virk’s 6 points in the 3rd and 4th quarter were key in keeping the Mustangs in the game. Freshman Lauren Estrella chipped in with 3 points. Junior Elani Khoe’s backcourt defense throughout the 4th quarter was key in the Mustangs securing the one point win.
Coach Ursal is proud of all the girls for finding a way to win a game that had momentum going against them, particularly having to continually climb uphill throughout the 4th quarter. The girls didn’t give-in and found a way, a positive sign for the team as they prepare for the rest of the season.
The Mustangs hope to improve their play when they take on the Lathrop Spartans in a home and home back-to-back on Thursday April 29 and Friday April 30th.