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On Nov. 29, the Mustang girl's basketball team hosted Laporte in their home opener at Kelliher.

The Mustangs were the first to score when junior Katey Lutz tipped the ball to senior captain Danielle Nistler who drove the ball all the way down for a left hand lay-up. The tone was set and the Mustangs never looked back.

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The team pushed the tempo on both sides of the ball. The girls attacked the Wildcat passes and ended up with 13 steals. Every chance the Mustangs got they looked for the quick transition turning defensive rebounds and steals into points. By the end of the first half the Mustangs were up 39-13 hitting 50 percent of their shots.

In the end, the Mustangs outscored the Wildcats 57-36.

Lutz led the offensive charge putting up 20 pts., seven rebounds and five steals. Nistler was right behind with 14 pts., sevenrebounds and four steals. Leading the attack on the boards were senior Captain Hollea Boquist who ended the night with 9 rebounds and junior Carrie Carrigan who lead the team with 10.

On Dec. 2, the Mustangs hit the road and traveled to Blackduck. The Mustangs knew they had their work cut out for them missing senior starter Kristen White and having other team members battling the flu. If the team expected the same results as the previous game, other players would have to step up.

Carrie Carrigan did just that putting up a career high 16 pts, hitting 4-6 from the line and pulling down 16 rebounds.

Nistler did an outstanding job showing great poise on the court, leading her team and running the offense with confidence. She hit six-of-eight shots from the field finishing the night with 12 pts. and three steals.

Sophomore Kelly Heck stepped up her play helping her team out by racking up 25 pts., nine steals and four assists.

Hollea Boquist was the important sixth player on the team who subbed in and had to handle the adversity of playing the center, forward and guard positions.

"Without her great versatility the team would not have had the success they did," said Lundin

In the end, the team was able to overcome all the challenges thrown at them that night and go on taking the victory 67-58.

"I am proud of the way the team approached and handled the game Friday night," he said. "They do a great job keeping positive and believing in one another. Each player gives what they have, they support one another and tackle each challenge together as a team."

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