Lady Mustangs wins tournament consolation title

Lady Mustangs wins tournament consolation title

Marble Falls High School Girls Basketball Team

The Marble Falls High School girls’ basketball team won the Mansfield Spring Creek BBQ Invitational Tournament consolation championship to end 2021 on a winning streak. Photo courtesy

After losing their first game at the Mansfield Spring Creek Barbecue Invitational Tournament, which ran from December 28-30, the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs regrouped and came back with four straight wins to capture the consolation championship.

“We’ve talked a lot this year about the word ‘believe,'” said head coach John Berkman. “A big piece of the puzzle is the faith (of the players) in themselves. What we want our girls to do is understand that they are good enough to play with anyone. “

Marble Falls (16-8 overall, 1-2 in District 25-5A) opened the tournament with a loss to Frisco Lone Star, who is ranked 16th in the latest Class 5A poll from the Basketball Coaches Association of America. Texas.

“We probably didn’t play our best in the first half,” Berkman said. “We were tied in the first quarter. In the second quarter, it really got away from us. That was the difference in the game. But we won the second half.

“That tournament has teams that have been there, they have done it (in terms of the success of the program). I don’t think that when (my players) first arrived, they believed how good they are, ”he added. “They say (after the Lone Star game) that we are as good as anyone here.”

With that confidence, Marble Falls won the next four games and the consolation title, beating Sam Houston 68-35, Killeen Harker Heights 39-34, Arlington Bowie 62-51 and Huntsville 51-43 in the consolation championship.

The Lady Stangs showed their mental focus when they faced Harker Heights in a showdown at 8am.

The Lady Knights held a 12-point lead at the half, enough to knock most teams out of their game, but Marble Falls responded by outscoring them by 12 points in the third quarter.

“I think the mental game is the big piece of the puzzle,” Berkman said. “We show the mental toughness to stick with what we do.”

Junior point guard Tea Rodríguez earned a spot on the tournament-wide squad. Berkman also praised junior Lexie Edwards, who averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game, and senior Gia Lemon, who had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

“Being named to the entire tournament team further strengthens Tea’s confidence, but further strengthens her teammates’ confidence in her,” said the coach. “To be considered one of the best individual players in that tournament is great. We had a lot of girls who played very well in that tournament who helped handle the pressure and what was coming our way at different times. “

Marble Falls returns to district play on Tuesday, January 4 against Liberty Hill at Max Copeland Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. The Lady Mustangs play the Lady Panthers (17-8, 2-1) at 6:30 pm The Mustangs (0-13, 0-1) take the court against the Panthers (17-4, 1-0) at 7:45 pm

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