ADRIAN – Coming into the game pitting Jordan Valley versus Adrian girls, both teams were locked up behind High Desert League leader Crane. The winner would remain behind Crane, but stand alone as the runner-up as the league season enter the last two weeks of play. In the end, the Mustangs girls overwhelmed the Lady Antelopes, 58-25 to take sole possession of second place in the league standings.
Jordan Valley led from the beginning as Kelsey Gluch took a pass from Kiana Quintero for the first points of the game, an easy lay-in. The Antelopes did not find the scoreboard until over 1 minute, 30 seconds into the game when Lizzy Nielson found the basket for Adrian’s first score.
Photo Gallery – Adrian v Jordan Valley – Girls Basketball – John Braese
Jordan Valley led by 10 at the end of the first quarter, 19-9 and extended the lead to 35-12 as the first half came to an end.
Adrian continued to struggle offensively and trailed 18-49 going into the fourth quarter. In the end, freshman came off the bench for the Mustangs to finish up the game and the 58-25 victory.
“I was happy to give our freshman quite a bit of playing time tonight,” said Jordan Valley coach Marcia Eiguren. “We are still young and we needed them to get the experience. Adrian is a good rebounding team.”
Mustang players were happy with their team and efforts.
“We came out aggressive and played lively right from the start,” Quintero said after the game.
Eiguren was eager to provide a history of the team.
“We only started with five girls,” she reported. “We went from five girls to seven girls that really work well together. It has been an interesting year.”
With the victory, Gluch explained the team still has a goal, one that stems from the team’s performance last year.
“We want to get to state and not choke,” Gluch bluntly stated. “We keep making it to state and then lose the first game. We want to be the team that wins that first game in the state tournament.”
Gluch led the Mustangs for the night with 15 points. Quintero, Eiguren and Cassity Gluch each added 11 points.
In the loss, Lizzy Nielson had six points to lead Adrian.