Girls basketball return from first tourney

Rachel Lamoureaux and Olivia Loop – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS girls basketball team had their first tournament in Clearwater. Their first game was against Tallahassee Rickards with a disappointing loss. The second game came out a lot stronger with a win of 47-35 against Jacksonville Terry Parker.

New Mustangs coach Melanie Johnson said, “They still need to find a balance of level of maturity and experience. I expect seniors to be more of leaders, but I realize they still need some learning and growing up to do too. We just need to get a couple more games under our belt to develop trust and execution.”

The leading Mustangs for this tournament were senior India Searls, putting up 18 points, and senior Kayla Bell playing good defense.

Junior Kaitlin Bell stated, “This was definitely not how we wanted this tournament to go. We made a lot of mistakes, but I think it’s only going to get better from here.”

Bell’s sister Kayla added, “This tournament was bad to be honest, we didn’t execute the way we should’ve and it costed us a dub [win].”

Sophomore Doris Brooks commented, “It’s unfortunate that we lost, but I think we’re growing as a team and we are definitely coming back from this.”

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