Mustangs finish regular season with victory

by Logan Gilman

With one game remaining in the regular season, the PCM Mustang girls’ basketball team matched up against the Gilbert Tigers. The Mustangs were already a lock for fourth place in the Heart of Iowa Conference standings, but they still had a lot to be playing for, as this was the last regular season game of the year, and bringing momentum into the playoffs is critical.
The Mustangs got the job done on the road, winning 56-47.
Senior Karina Van Dyke said, “It’s very important to get a win heading into the postseason because coming off a big win from Gilbert gives us confidence in what we can do in the post season.”
The game started off slow for the Mustangs, as they were down 9-6 after the first eight minutes. The flood gates opened for the Mustangs in the second frame, scoring16 points to take a 22-20 lead into the break. The third quarter was tight. The teams traded body shots to try to pull away and get the momentum on their side. After three, PCM held a 33-32 advantage. Heading into the pivotal fourth quarter, both teams knew their execution needed to be at its best. The Mustangs got hot at the right time, scoring 23 points in the fourth, pulling away to secure the nine-point win.
Junior Kayla Jennings was the star of the night for the Lady ‘Stangs, scoring 23 points on nine of 14, shooting and sinking all three of her 3-point attempts. Fellow junior Jayci Vos had a big night as well, scoring 12 points and assisting on five made baskets. The Mustangs rebounded well as a team, as Jennings and juniors Alexis Timmins, Rachel Stafford and Katie Vande Wall each had four boards.
Jennings said, “The second half proved the type of team that we can be and have strived to be this whole season. Our unselfishness of passing the ball created wide open shots, and our perseverance and dedication resulted in made baskets.”