Girls grab huge victory on Senior Night


by Logan Gilman

The gym was packed, the emotions were high, conference placings were on the line and a big time rivalry game was taking place on Senior Night in Monroe. The visiting Gilbert Tigers were taking on the hometown PCM Mustangs, with the winner finishing second in the conference and loser taking home third. Three senior girls played their final home and regular-season game: Rachel Freland, Courtney Van Houweling Rachel Gulling. The Mustangs won in one of the most intense games of the season, 59-54.
PCM had a strong opening quarter, holding an 18-12 advantage. Gilbert wasn’t phased by the deficit, as they came roaring back in the second period to take a 32-30 lead into halftime.
The third quarter proved to be the deciding factor, as PCM pulled away by seven points to take a 44-39 advantage with one quarter to play. The final quarter was intense with each team’s passionate fans cheering loud, and both teams scoring 13 points, allowing the Mustangs to come away with the victory. Freland fouled out for the first time in her career.
The senior said, “We knew we had to step it up after two rough games from Saydel and Nevada. I just knew what I needed to do, and I felt like we caused turnovers, and we eventually got the job done. I have never fouled out of a game before in my life, and it’s so ironic to happen on Senior Night. [Assistant Coach Laurie Wood] told me when I came to the bench, ‘Hey, your team has it, don’t worry.’ Right then, I knew everything was going to be okay.”
For Gilbert, senior Jane Brown grabbed 26 boards, the same amount the Mustangs had as a team. Freland led the charge for the ‘Stangs, scoring 22 points, while sophomore Katie Vande Wall scored 10. Van Houweling grabbed seven rebounds.
Speaking about the memorable night, Freland also said, “It was a great feeling all around. Pretty indescribable.”