The Mineola Lady Jacket basketball team has now won five straight games after their 58-27 blowout victory over the Arp Lady Tigers last Tuesday.
The Lady Jackets were led by a season high four three-pointers from Cyndi Butler. The sophomore guard played arguably her best game in this early part of the season as she was red hot from deep hitting two-three pointers in the opening quarter. On the game she finished 4-5 from beyond the arc and added three rebounds while also playing some back-up point guard to boot.
Mineola was poised and swarmed the Lady Tigers’ offense early as they raced out to a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Mineola employed they’re typical full court 1-2-2 pressure defense that bothered Arp all night forcing turnovers and breaking the rhythm of the Lady Tiger offense.
Head Coach Tony Riley said the quick start to the game for his team was key to their victory. “I thought our girls came out from the tip and played hard. They flew around on defense, caused turnovers, we ran the floor and got easy baskets. I was very proud of the way they came out and played,” Riley said.
The quick start forced a Lady Tiger timeout, however the momentum would not go away for the Lady Jackets as they continued their defensive onslaught as they held Arp to nine points most of the half before taking a 41-12 lead into the halftime break.
Sophomore forward Jessiah Riley had a great game also as she poured in 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, four on the offensive glass. Riley and Point guard Sabria Dean were in sync most of the night as Riley scored on both Dean’s assist as well as an assist from Butler also.
After gaining a 29-point lead at halftime, the second half essentially became a formality as the Lady Jackets cruised to a 31-point win.
The Brewington sisters gave the Lady Jackets a solid contribution to hold their second half lead. Meghan Brewington had eight points, five of them in the second half, while Kelsey Brewington finished with five points and three rebounds as she also made a three pointer in the first half.
Riley said he hopes his team continues the momentum from their five-game win streak and that their offense continues to improve as the district season approaches. “Our defense has improved and we are finally starting to get out and run a little bit to get easy baskets and we are finally starting to knock down shots,” Riley said.