Recap below from Tracy Press article – December 27, 2018
The Mountain House Mustangs and Weston Ranch Cougars played a rough four quarters of basketball, with the Mustangs eventually coming from behind to take the 54-53 win at the Hawkins Tournament on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.
Neither team scored much at the start, with the Cougars taking an 8-3 lead in the first quarter. Both teams played hard, though. By the end of the second quarter the Cougars led 29-25, and referees had called 40 fouls, split evenly between the Mustangs and the Cougars.
As the Mustangs started to close in it was largely on free throws from senior Andrea Garcia as she hit six of nine shots from the line in the second quarter and went 12 for 18 on free throws for the night, contributing to her game-high 26 points.
“We beat them back in the Lodi Tournament so we knew they wanted to come back and beat us,” Garcia said. “They brought really good energy out there and were really tough and we had to match that.”
Garcia also brings her aggressive style of charging up the middle at the basket, which usually results in a score or a foul as the opposition tries to stop her.
“We just have to learn how to stay disciplined and keep our hands up, and since they were calling it both ways that allowed us to attack and get the calls.”
The Mustangs still trailed at the end of the third quarter, 47-40, but Garcia and junior Natalia Moore-Raygoza led the comeback, with sophomore Maya Gorman also contributing to the Mustangs’ 12-2 run in the fourth quarter, which put the Mustangs up 52-49 with 2:23 left on the clock.
Neither team scored from the floor in the final minutes, but both teams got chances from the free throw line, with Garcia making two shots and the Cougars making four to bring the final score to 54-53.
“We’ll take an ugly win like that, where there were a lot of fouls called, we weren’t hitting free throws and we were undisciplined at times,” said Mountain House coach Reno Ursal. “The one thing that is a signature for our team is that we scrap and work hard, and we keep going regardless of which way the ebb and flow of the game is going.”
The Mustangs got offensive contributions from 10 players, including 10 points for Moore-Raygoza.
Sophomore guard Reilyn Ursal was unable to play due to injury.