Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
The Lady Mustangs of Mineola lost two heart-breakers, to Seaford and to West Hempstead teams, earlier this month.
Seaford beat Mineola 52 to 44, on Jan. 4, and West Hempstead bested the Lady Mustangs, 51 to 39, on Jan. 8.
The Lady Mustangs worked hard playing against first place contender Seaford. Mineola had difficulty containing Seaford’s Jessica Rini, a powerhouse, who scored 21 points, mostly on offensive rebounding. The Lady Mustangs had an offensive drought during the third quarter, only scoring five points vs. Seaford’s 20. Samantha Venus led all scorers with 24 points, 9 rebounds, sinking seven three point shots. Julie Falotico added 3 steals and 8 assists. Sophomore Gaby Jurksas played strong defense blocking 4 shots.
Mineola had another tough opponent, West Hempstead. Mineola and West Hempstead were tied at 14 going into the second quarter. Offensive difficulties plagued the Lady Mustangs who scored only two points while West Hempstead scored 17. The team had to play catch up and tried very hard for a come back with the help of Addie McKeever’s shooting and Samantha Venus’s rebounding, but to no avail. McKeever had an all time career high with 16 points and Venuse added 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The next home game is Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. vs. Clarke.