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Mustangs were hitting on all cylinders on their way to a state title

The West Jones Mustangs let all the horses out of the stable tonight. Their whole team was able to hit the court in their 53-31 victory over Callaway. Coach Shannon Murry has won her first ever state championship. 

“It feels amazing to win my first state championship,” said Coach Murry. “It was everything I thought it would be. It feels great.”

This game started out tight in the first quarter. Both teams were playing hard. It seemed like we were in for a good close game.

Lamirekal Russell had a big block to start the second quarter for West Jones. It gave them the spark they needed to add on to their lead. Halei Keyes drained a clutch three at the end of the first half. The score was 28-14.

Nothing would change in the second half. Our thoughts of it being a close game were done. West Jones was playing lock down defense.

“I get a chance to work with my seventh and eighth graders. We defensive slide a lot. We just try to get them to understand their assignments and help lanes. The girls really bought into our defensive scheme.”

West Jones was dominant for three quarters. They are a young team who have a very promising future. Jakera Duckworth was the leader of this game. She had 19 points and 8 rebounds. She was the leader of the game in both categories. West Jones closed out the game in great fashion.

“The special thing about her (Duckworth) is that she can do it all. She can score from the three point, she can pull up, she can get to the rim, she’s long, I mean she just has a lot of potential. She’s not even close to being what she is going to be.”

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