BLANCHARD — One game and one win so far for the Montabella Mustangs girls basketball team.
The Mustangs finished with a stellar 15-5 regular season record a year ago, but lost in their first game of the postseason tournament 51-44 to St. Louis.
With seven returning players, the Mustangs are expecting to have another successful season.
“We have experience and quickness,” Montabella coach Terry Larsen said. “We are hoping for a winning season and to compete well in our conference.”
The Mid-State Athletic Conference has been dominated by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in recent years. The league added Carson City-Crystal this year, as well. The Eagles are coming off an 18 win season and a district title.
“We will need to improve on our defense for us to have a chance to win this year,” Larsen said.
The Mustangs opened the season with a 53-42 win at home Tuesday against Chippewa Hills.
Sarah Miller led three Mustangs in double figures with 20 points. Taylor Smith added 12 points and Gabby Larson 10 points.
“Taylor at point guard will have to run our team,” Larsen said. “Sarah at power forward will have to be our scorer and Gabby is our shut down defender again this year.”
Other returning players include Cheyann Frasle, Melissa Allen, Allison Lumbert and Allie Ball. Frasle is currently out while recovering from an injury.
“We are also looking for big contributions from Allie at forward. She was injured most of last year,” Larsen said. “We will need good contributions from Krista Daws and Allison Lumbert. Melissa Allen will be my senior that will fill in at most positions.”
Ball scored six points and Daws five points on Tuesday.
The Mustangs will play a second consecutive game at home tomorrow when Ashley visits for the first league game of the year.
Montabella will play at Lakeview Tuesday and at Coleman on Friday.