Crane Girls Win Battle Of The Mustangs

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CRANE – Currently, two Mustang girls’ basketball teams are ranked in the top 10 of the state 1A rankings. Both Mustang teams are part of the High Desert League. The two Mustang teams met earlier this season in the Union Bobcat Classic, a game that found Crane able to come away with a 31-29 victory over Jordan Valley.

On Friday, Jan. 14, the Mustangs again met on the court, this time with the record going towards the league standings. For this game, the margin of victory was double the last meeting between these two teams as Crane made the home fans happy with a 38-34 win.

The Jordan Valley girls made the game difficult on themselves, starting slowly and only putting two points on the board in the first quarter. With a nine-point second quarter, Jordan Valley trailed 11-21 at the half.

With Jordan Valley putting up 23 points in the second half, Crane was forced to hold on in the final quarter, putting up only six points.

“We got tired in the second half and the struggled with the changes Jordan Valley made at the half,” said Crane coach Stub Travis. “This was a hard win and we had to fight for every single point.

“We got off to a slow start and that was tough,” said Jordan Valley coach Kelsi Skinner. “Once we got rolling, it was good, but we just ran out of time. Fouls also hurt us as starters were on the bench at the end of the game.”

Alexia Ballard led Crane with 12 points followed by Leslie Doman with 11 points.

“Leslie had really stepped up this year to lead the team,” said Travis. “Last year we had so many weapons Leslie was able to stay in the background. This year is different, she is front and center.”

Photo Gallery – Jordan Valley v Crane – John Braese

For Jordan Valley, Taylor Eiguren ended her night with 14 points to lead all scorers in the game.

“I thought we rebounded really well tonight, but struggled defensively with some of the things Crane was doing,” said Eiguren.

Cassity Gluch backed up Eiguren with 13 points.

Jordan Valley struggled with perimeter shooting, hitting on only a single 3-point shot. On the other side of the ball, Crane hit on four 3-pointers.

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