Coming in to their matchup Friday night both Mineola and Alba-Golden’s girls basketball teams were riding high as neither team had lost in their last five games combined.
Last Tuesday the Lady Panthers had completed a three-game win streak good enough to give them the first place slot in district with a 7-1 record, however that didn’t last long as the Lady Panther’s lost 49-36.
The loss effectively avenged an earlier loss for the Lady Jackets who received their first district loss to Alba-Golden just over three weeks ago on the road.
Early on it was Alba-Golden that played with great composure on offense as the Lady Panthers held a 9-13 lead when the second quarter got underway.
Cyndi Butler for Mineola and Sammi Rambsel for A-G traded long-range jumpshots midway through the frame as Mineola cut A-G’s lead to 15-14 with just over two minutes left in the half.
That’s when Vanessa Spurgeon got the Mineola offense in gear as she created a solo 5-0 run hitting a three, then hitting an off-balance layup that gave Mineola a four-point lead at 19-14.
Mineola’s Sabria Dean added another layup before the half ended as Mineola took a 23-15 lead to the locker room.
In the third quarter Mineola used their seemingly superior speed and team defense to swarm the Lady Panthers as they forced multiple turnovers leading to easy baskets in transition. After a driving layup by Mineola’s Jessiah Riley, Dean became Mineola’s defensive catalyst as she got steals on back-to back plays leading to a 5-0 run on her own. that 7-0 run between Dean and Riley gave Mineola a 30-15 lead that would prove to be the difference.
Alba-Golden responded with a 4-2 run of their own when Kenzie Chadwick scored on back-to-back possessions for the Lady Panthers.
Late in the third quarter with Mineola still in the lead, Meghan Brewington got in to the mix as she hit back-to-back threes extending Mineola’s lead to 20 at 42-23. Mineola would take that 19 point lead into the fourth quarter and would not relinquish it the rest of the way.
AG went on to commit 31 turnovers in the game, which was mostly due to the tight man to man pressure generated by Mineola’s Dean and Riley.
Mineola was led in scoring by Riley who scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed five steals. Dean had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, as she also added a season high six steals. Spurgeon had eight points while Meghan Brewington added six points and three steals. Kelsey Brewington had four points. Tiara Stephens had a solid game on the board as she grabbed six rebounds to go with her three points.
For Alba-Golden Chadwick led her team in scoring with 12 points and eight rebounds. Grace Bizzell also scored in double figures as she had 10 points. Sammy Rambles added nine points for Alba-Golden.