Lutheran Girl’s Basketball Team Dominates in District Opener
by Cody S., Lutheran Sports Editor
In the first district game of the season, the girl’s varsity basketball team took on New Braunfels Christian Academy (NBCA). To begin the game, Gabby V. won the jump ball to give Lutheran possession first. The scoring for Lutheran started off well when Olivia D. made a layup. Ellie S. intercepted a NBCA pass, but Olivia missed a shot off of the steal, which led to NBCA grabbing the rebound and making a three-pointer. Lutheran found themselves down 5-2, but quickly bounced back after layups from Dani F. and Gabby to take the lead. Lutheran maintained the lead for the rest of the first quarter, but NBCA kept it close. At the end of the first quarter, Lutheran led 16-13.
The second quarter started off with Olivia draining a three-pointer. She then clamped up on defense forcing the ball to go off of an NBCA player’s head, which gave Lutheran the ball. It was all Mustangs from there on out as multiple steals, fouls, and turnovers were committed by NBCA. By the time of a much needed timeout for NBCA, the Mustangs had built a 25-15 lead. Leah W. jumped into the action, and grabbed four rebounds, leading to a total of eight straight points for Lutheran. NBCA was only able to score two points in the second quarter. By the time the first half ended, the score was 36-15 in Lutheran’s favor.
The second half began with a Mustang miss and a defensive rebound by NBCA. After some back-and-forth action, NBCA was fouled and added their first points of the half. Then the scoring started for Lutheran with multiple two-pointers by Dani and Ellie. There were some more back-and-forth possessions until NBCA made a two-pointer bringing their third quarter total to three points. Lexi H. and Sydney H. entered the game for the first time in the second half. Dani nailed a mid-range shot, and Rachel rejected back-to-back shots. Sydney stole the ball and gave it to Ellie who made a beautiful between the legs pass to Mia F. for two. Kylie E. rejected a block and was fouled when she took it back down the court. She nailed both free throws. The quarter ended with a score of 54-18.
The final quarter was not much different. The Mustangs offense had a rough start after Olivia missed a layup. She immediately came back around and nailed a three-pointer. Olivia stole the ball again and returned it for a layup. NBCA made their only two points of the quarter. It proved a struggle for NBCA to fire on any kind of cylinders on offense. Sydney recorded another steal, which was returned for points. Ellie nailed another three-pointer, and the game finished with a final score of 68-20 in favor of the Mustangs.
Overall, the Lutheran girl’s basketball team excelled in their district opener against New Braunfels Christian Academy. Their performance on both offense and defense, hopefully, indicated the beginning of another successful season for the Lady Mustangs.