Leander outlasts Lady Mustangs
January 22, 2014, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls woke up with a strong third quarter against Leander Friday night, but the Lady Mustangs fell for the third time this season against the Lady Lions.
Leander survived the scare, winning 46-40 to improve to 5-2 in District 25-4A play.
Marble Falls is 14-13 overall and 2-6.
Both district losses to Leander were by a combined 10 points.
The Lady Mustangs are faced with an uphill battle to make the playoffs.
Rouse is undefeated in district and is two wins shy of clinching the district title.
In Friday’s road game, the Lady Mustangs were led by senior Sarah Stripling’s 17 points.
Stripling sparked a big third quarter when the team turned a 12-point deficit into a five-point lead.
Leander answered with a 17-6 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
"We didn’t play very good the first half,’’ Marble Falls coach Chris Jost said. "We had a bunch of turnovers. In the third quarter, we shot lights out.’’
Stripling was four for four from the floor and the team was nine of 12 shooting in the quarter.
Molly Myrick had a pair of threes, Emily Klingsporn hit an outside shot, Reann Hall scored off an assist from her sister Teagan and Blanca Fonseca and Haley Stephens added fast breaks shots in the run.
Marble Falls returns to action Friday at Cedar Park. The team closes out the season with Rouse at home Jan. 28, at Vandegrift Jan. 31 and Vista Ridge at home Feb. 6.
Stripling’s 17 points pushed her 1,914 points for her career. She surpassed Kelly Clark’s 1,906 total. Morgan Shell is the all-time scoring leader for the Lady Mustangs with 2,240 points.
Marble Falls JV won, 36-33, and the freshmen lost, 37-21.
Leander 46, Marble Falls 40
Marble Falls 8-4-22-6 -- 40
Leander 17-7-5-17 -- 46
Marble Falls (14-13, 2-6) Sarah Stripling 17, Molly Myrick 9, Reann Hall 6, Haley Stephens 4, Blanca Fonseca 2, Emily Klingsporn 2.
Leander (5-2) Williams 20, Madrigal 9, Thompson 8, Springer 5, Carter 4
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