The Lady Mustang basketball team overcame a sluggish start against Clarke Jan. 7 to secure a 54-43 win in South Central Conference play. The win improved Davis County to 6-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

The win was a huge for Davis County who has struggled against the Indians over the past several years. Winning the game on the road was a huge accomplishment and Coach David Mason was extremely pleased with the efforts of his team.

“This was our first time beating Clarke in four years. It’s never easy to make that road trip and win at Clarke. We found a way,” said Mason. “I give credit to the girls.”

Mason was impressed with his team’s focus and mental attitude going into the game. He says confidence was the key and the girls did what they had to do to get the victory."

“They were confident going into the game and never panicked during the first quarter. They handled the bus ride well and made the necessary adjustments at half time,” he said.

Davis County’s struggles early involved an offense that couldn’t find the basket. Hannah Schooley scored the team’s first points with a three-pointer nearly four minutes into the game. Even with that lack of scoring, the shot gave Davis County a 3-2 lead.

Clarke used defense and rebounding to keep Davis County from scoring. The Indians used a late scoring run to take a 14-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Mustangs made some adjustments in between quarters and stepped up their intensity moving forward. Defensive hustle led to turnovers and fast break points. Macy Hill, came off the bench to spark the Mustangs with some much needed hustle and aggressiveness in the paint. Brett Lough, Phoebe Moore and Morgan Petefish also found ways to contribute as Davis County battled back. Davis County trailed by just four points at the half-time break.

 Davis County’s second quarter momentum continued to grow as the second half began. Schooley found her shot and began draining three-pointers with ease. Both Schooley and Hill also challenged the Clarke defense by driving the ball inside and getting to the foul line when they didn’t score. Davis County flipped the game over to a Lady Mustang lead midway through the third quarter and never looked back. By the end of the quarter, Davis County built a 10-point, 44-34 lead.

Scoring didn’t come easy for Davis County in the fourth quarter. Shots stopped falling with the same success they had during the second and third quarters. The only difference is that the Lady Mustang defense was keeping Clarke in check. Rebounding efforts from Phoebe Moore, Petefish and Hill kept Clarke from getting second shots. Those rebounds also led to points for Davis County at crucial times. Moore led the rebounding effort with nine.

Davis County pushed its lead to 12 points late in the game before holding off Clarke for the 54-43 victory.

“I am really proud of this team. We are a tight-knit group who can joke around with each other and who also knows when it’s time to get after it. Hannah Schooley and Macy Hill shot the ball extremely well. Phoebe Moore and Morgan Petefish played great defense. Despite not scoring, Sophia Young might have played her best game yet,” said Mason.

Score by quarters

DC    5    22    41    54

C     14    26    34    43

Scoring—Schooley, 18; Hill, 16; Petefish, 9; Phoebe Moore, 6; Brett Barker, 2 Briley Lough, 2 and Brett Lough, 1.  

Rebounds—Moore, 9; Petefish, 6; Hill, 5; Schooley, 3; Briley Lough, 3; Sophie Spargur, 3; Sophia Young, 2; Brett Lough, 1 and Barker, 1.

Assists—Young, 5; Hill, 3; Schooley, 2; Moore, 2; Briley Lough, 1; Brett Lough, 1 and Spargur, 1.

Steals—Young, 4; Schooley, 3; Hill, 3 and Petefish, 1.