INDIAN TRAIL The Myers Park girls’ basketball team has played in a lot of big games over the past three seasons, going 73-3 in that span.
Tuesday night, they added another key win to their 2013-14 resume as the Mustangs, No. 1 in the Observer Sweet 16, turned what started as a Southwestern 4A Conference first-place showdown into a 57-27 road victory against No. 16 Porter Ridge.
Myers Park forward Dede Rogers led the charge with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and point guard Aliyah Mazyck added 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals to spark a dominant effort.
“This was a good win, a statement for us on the road at this point in the season,” Myers Park coach Barbara Nelson said. “I know (Porter Ridge) was a little short-handed with a few players out with injuries and sicknesses, but we played really hard. I don’t think we played our best, we missed too many layups, but the effort was there.”
Myers Park (13-1, 3-0) jumped on Porter Ridge (9-2, 2-1) from the start, going on an 8-0 first-quarter run to turn a 4-4 tie into a 12-4 lead.
Then, in the second quarter, the Mustangs imposed their will again with a 13-0 run sparked by Rogers and Mazyck. It gave the Mustangs a 26-8 lead and they never looked back.
Rogers had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, and Mazyck added 14 points, four rebounds and five assists.
“I felt we started out kind of rough, but our defense got us started and got us going,” Rogers said. “We really look to our defense to do that in every game.”
Nelson noted that Rogers and Mazyck stepped up their games in the Naples (Fla.) Holiday Shootout.
“Both Dede and Aliyah really rose their play to another level in the tournament against a national field,” Nelson said. “We want them to continue to play with the same effort as we move forward.”
Meanwhile, playing without Amanda Conti, Jade Jones and Sara Welch, the Pirates looked out of synch most of the night as the Mustangs limited Bobbi Jones (five points) and Shaigna Wentz (three points) with full-court defense.
Porter Ridge scored 14 points in the first half and didn’t get double figures in any quarter.
Freshman Kirsten Petrini led the Pirates with eight points, including two 3-pointers.
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