BY ESTEBAN RAMIREZ Special to the Californian
Behind a strong defensive performance, Stockdale beat San Mateo-Aragon 39-26 on Friday during the second day of the Lady Mustangs Holiday Roundup girls basketball tournament at Stockdale.
The Mustangs' (2-4) strong press made for a long night for the Dons (2-5), who scored just eight points in the first half and committed 32 turnovers total.
Other scores from the Lady Mustang Holiday Roundup
Monache 70, Delano 43
Garces 64, Frontier 25
Monache 54, BHS 35
Aragon 50, Arvin 42
Centennial 41, Frontier 23
Garces 57, Ridgeview 30
Clovis East 69, Stockdale 40
"The first half, we played really good just like we did last night, and in the second half we just let go but I liked what I saw in the first half," said Stockdale coach Davion Bruce. "It is a mental thing that we let off the pedal in the second half because this is a very inexperienced team."
Bruce added that while the Lady Mustangs have many gifts, they need to be more focused.
"We're a good defensive team when we want to and that's our problem mentally," he said. "Sometimes we want to show up and sometimes we don't, so when we do show up like today we're really good defensively."
The only time the Dons led was when guard Jen Morita scored the first points of the game. After that, it was all Stockdale in the first half.
Aragon, though, mounted a comeback in the second half.
Despite being down by as much as 13 in the first half, Aragon cut the lead to 30-23 with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter. But the Lady Mustangs' defense clamped down again to extend the lead again.
Kaylee Hsuing led Stockdale with 13 points and seven steals. Bree Marquez added 10 points and Molly Gabbert added another eight points and 11 rebounds.