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Mustangs Advance to CIF-SS Basketball Quarterfinals

Semifinal game scheduled for Saturday, February 25 in Santa Maria against the Righetti Warriors

Marlborough's Varsity Basketball team took on the Lompoc Braves on Wednesday night in the CIF-SS quarterfinals, winning 52-49 after an exciting game.

Said the Lompoc Record, "Marlborough, an independent all-girls school located in the Hancock Park neighborhood of L.A, went with a run-and-gun, fast paced approach to start things off – a staple of LHS girls basketball under Terrones. The Mustangs sprinted past LHS's top defenders and scored six early transition points in the first.

Their biggest play in the opening quarter, however, was toward the end of the first when Vanessa De Jesus leaped to the air from half court, unleashed the long ball 3-point attempt and the ball swished through the net, sending the MHS sidelines into an excited euphoria.

The Mustangs' biggest lead was 15 points in the fourth, as their speed and long range shooting helped give them a cushion."

Coach Chris Rodgers said, "I told the girls to finish, play smart and don't do anything stupid. We've been in these situations before. Some went our way and some didn't," Rodgers said. "So I was hoping that tonight we learned from it and they did."

He also addressed what he saw in the final seconds.

"From what I saw, we were trying to play defense and the shot went up. We were trying to box it up and try to grab the best rebound we could," Rodgers explained. "Unfortunately we didn't. But it was the ref's call whether or not if it was on time or not. In my mind, though, we're up three and she might shoot two. Hopefully we can get the rebound if there was more time on the clock."

The Mustangs will play the Righetti Warriors in the semifinal game in Santa Maria on Saturday, February 25 at 7pm.

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