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Another Season Completed
With a rebuilding year in the books, the Lady Mustangs are looking forward to next year when and another shot at the tournament trophy. Mr. P's teams have a reputation for claiming the hardware (three out of the last five years), and it promises to be a great season.We say goodbye to seniors Abbey Adams, Kirby Yelorda, and Hannah DeCamp, and wish them well!
Season stats (updated after each game):
Season record: 4-15
Biggest victory margin: 29 points
Best defensive effort: 13 points
Most points scored: 42
Fewest points scored: 6
Closest game: 1 point
Feb. 12 Alumni - Prior to the game, Coach Paradise recognized seniors Abbey Adams, Kirbi Yelorda, and Hannah DeCamp for their contributions to Lady Mustang basketball during their years at Midland. Appropriately enough, Abbey scored the first points of the game with an early two-pointer. The game was a nail-biter during the first three periods, with neither team able to grab more than a couple of points advantage. Alex Adams, currently a member of the Union College Warriors basketball team, played all 40 minutes for the alumni, and enjoyed playing against sister Abbey. With the game tied 21-21 going into the 4th quarter, it looked like anybody's game. But by this point, the defense for both teams was tiring, and the score rose quickly for both sides. The alumni team, coached by Richard Young, jumped out to several 8-point leads during the quarter, and when the contest ended, came away with a 35-29 victory over the home team. (Record 3-11)
Feb. 8 Cristo Rey - Details unknown - final score 56-32 in favor of Cristo Rey. (Record 3-10)
Feb. 7 Veritas - Playing at home was worth an extra 12 points to the Lady Mustangs, playing Veritas for the second time in two weeks. Although a loss was the result, Midland scored twice as many points as the first game, and help the Eagles to three fewer points. Final score Veritas 42, Midland 24. (Record 3-9)
Jan. 25 @ Veritas - The Lady Mustangs took a road trip to Eudora to play Veritas, and came home with a 45-12 loss, breaking their two-game winning streak. According to the Lawrence-Journal World, "the Veritas girls basketball team won with defensive pressure for the second night in a row". (Record 3-8)
Jan. 18 Olathe Christian - For the second time in a week, Olathe Christian and the Lady Mustangs met on Midland's home court, and for the second time, Midland came away with the victory. Nursing a four-point lead with 20-odd seconds left to play, Sarai Rodriguez gathered it in on the right side and put Midland up by a comfortable six points. Final score, 25-19. (Record 3-7)
Jan. 13 Olathe Christian - A low-scoring game throughout, the Lady Mustangs led by four at the half with 14 points. The two teams stayed within a bucket or two of each other for the entire second half, with Midland on top most of the time. With points in short supply, Midland fans were justifiably nervous when the Lady Warriors took the lead with 1:47 left in the game. But with 30 seconds left, Sarai Rodriguez dropped in a bucket from the left side for a 22-21 squeaker over Olathe Christian. (Record 2-7)
Jan. 8 @ Hyman Brand - For the second time this season, Hyman Brand scored more than 40 points against a young Lady Mustangs team. If the old proverb about gaining strength through adversity is true, the Lady Mustangs are going to be awfully tough in the coming years. Hyman Brand 42, Midland 19. (Record 1-7)
Jan. 6 @ Seabury - Led by senior Abbey Adams (18 points), Midland's Lady Mustangs broke into the win column with an impressive 42-13 victory over Seabury. The girls set season records for most points scored, and fewest points given up. The Lawrence Journal-World had this writeup of the game against the Seahawks, who were playing their second game of the season. (Record 1-6)
Jan. 4 Sunnydale - In a rare season sweep, the Sunnydale Spartans added a win on Midland's home court to their last-second victory in Centralia back in November. The Lady Mustangs' tough season continues, down 24-29 to Sunnydale at the final buzzer. (Record 0-6)
Dec. 6 @ Cristo Rey - Losing their second road game of the season, Midland was unable to find the basket against Cristo Rey. Final score turned out Cristo Rey, 44, Midland 12. (Record 0-5)
Nov. 30 vs Hyman Brand - The Lady Mustangs recorded their second-highest point total of the season, but continue to miss Kirbi Yelorda, dropping a home game to Hyman Brand. Hyman Brand 43, Midland 26. (Record 0-4)
Nov. 29 vs Metro - The age old question - is it better to get blown out, or to lose in the last seconds of a game? The Lady Mustangs have now had one of each this season, with this game being the blowout. Let's just move on and get ready for the next game... Metro 74, Midland 6. (Record 0-3)
Nov. 22 vs Centerplace - Monday night's game was a double loss for the Lady Mustangs, losing both the game and senior Kirbi Yelorda to a knee injury. At the end of the first quarter, the two teams were tied 15-all, and it looked like an exciting match was in store. But Midland struggled to adjust when Kirbi went out early in the second, and by the end of the third quarter found themselves down by 22 points. The girls found some emotion in the fourth quarter, and fought back to 28-45 by the final buzzer. Coach Paradise said after the game, "...we just have to take better care of the ball. Alex Adams will be working with the girls during the next couple of weeks, and we really appreciate her help." (Record 0-2)
Nov. 21 @Sunnydale - In a closely contested game, the Lady Mustangs took a two-point lead into the final minute of overtime. But with 10 seconds left, the Lady Spartans dropped in a 3-pointer for the victory on their home court, 23-22. (Record 0-1)
Richard Paradise, Head Coach: Mr P returns for his fifth season as head coach of the champion Lady Mustangs. His focus continues to be CSA: Christian - Student - Athlete... and the "C" comes first! He says, "for about five months the ladies practice and play hard. They run miles of drills, shoot thousands of shots, and do a lot of traveling. But if we aren't sharing Jesus along the way and learning about His love and grace - what have we really accomplished?"
He is excited to have five freshman candidate for the team this year- it bodes well for the future of the program. The Lady Mustangs have a rich history both within and outside our church tournaments, and Coach looks forward to another successful year both on and off the court.
Nathan Rebarchek, Assistant Coach: Nathan is one of our alumni, a member of Midland's class of 2004. He enjoyed playing basketball in high school and continues to be involved in the athletics program as assistant coach for the Lady Mustangs. Nathan has been a member of the coaching staff since 2007. He is looking forward to helping the girls develop their skills this school year, as well as helping them build relationships with each other and with Jesus. Nathan says although he loves basketball, his greatest joy is being married to his awesome, loving, beautiful, (and humble) wife, Jennifer (Hallock) Rebarchek.
|Richard Paradise||Head Coach|
|Nathan Rebarchek||Asst. Coach||MAA 2004|