Nail biting win for ‘Stangs

by Caleb Peter

Freshman Regan Freland and senior Kayla Jennings combined for 31 points as the PCM girls defeated a 4A ranked Fairfield team in a game that wasn’t decided until the very end when senior Alexis Timmins scored on an errant pass by the Trojans and the Mustangs won 55-54 at Fairfield on Thursday, Jan.19.

“We knew Fairfield was going to be a tough game going into it. I think it was a good match-up for us to apply some things we have been working on in practice,” said Jennings.

The game began with close back and forth scoring for both teams. However, by the end of the first half Fairfield led 34-27.

“There was much intensity throughout the game, but I felt relaxed at the same time. We started to finally just play the game of basketball without overthinking it, like we do a lot of the time. If we continue to play like we did last night, then we will be hard to beat,” said Jennings.

The Mustangs caught up to them with consistent scoring – 14 – for both the third and fourth quarters.

In addition to Freland with 16 and Jennings with 15, seniors Katie VandeWall and Alexis Timmins scored eight and seven respectively. Timmins also had a game-high eight rebounds. Senior Kaylee Townsend scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.

“We just had an open mind going into the game because we knew they were good. With an open mind set we just went out, played hard, and had fun. During the game we all just stayed positive. No one got down; we all just kept our heads up and kept playing,” said Townsend.

The Mustangs play Thursday, Jan. 26 at home versus South Tama.