Mustang Girls Defeat Central Woodstock to Advance to Regional Championship Game
By STEVEN BRIESE
February 24, 2012
The George Mason High School Girls Basketball team defeated Central Woodstock 54-46 on Friday night. With this victory, they advance to the Region B championship game on Saturday.
Mason came out of the gate fast, with Senior Leah Roth starting the scoring with a three pointer. Good defensive pressure and offensive rebounding had the Lady Mustangs in the lead by 16-6 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams played with intensity, with many scrums for loose balls and offensive fouls. Mason extended their lead to twenty one points in the second quarter, and went into halftime leading 36-19.
Central Woodstock fought back in the third quarter, outscoring Mason by 10 points and cutting Mason’s lead to only seven points. Coach LaBryan Thomas made several adjustments to start the fourth quarter, and those adjustments paid dividends. Senior Lauren Kane opened the fourth with a shot from beyond the arc for three, and Stephanie Cheney added two baskets from the low post to increase the lead to 13. Central Woodstock continued to threaten, but had to resort to fouling in the last two minutes. Senior Krista Kelly was fouled and sank both free throws with less than a minute left to put the game out of reach for the Falcons.
Central Woodstock double teamed Junior Stephanie Cheney all night, which opened up the opportunity for three point shots, with Mason scoring 18 points from three point range.
After the game, Stephanie Cheney said she was “happy that the team kept our composure at the end of the game and hit our free throws.” Cheney and Central Woodstock guard Katelyn Poston led the scoring with 15 points each. Sophomore Ashley Alexander scored nine, Lauren Kane tallied eight, Freshman Katie Goodwin had seven points, and Leah Roth six points.
The Mustangs will play for the Region B Championship on Saturday night at 8:00 at Eastern Mennonite University against Stuarts Draft.
February 24, 2012