COTTONWOOD - Down eight points at halftime, the Mingus Marauders roared back in the second half against Sedona, forced overtime, and won 54-53 Monday in Cottonwood.
"We decided to press to start the third quarter and we created turnovers and scored off of takeaways," said Mingus head coach Art Moncibaez. "At the beginning of the game we took good shots, but nothing was going in, so that's how we got behind. I told the girls we needed to win the third quarter and the fourth quarter, which turned into overtime, but we ended up doing it."
The Scorpions had trouble advancing the length of the court in the second half. Pressing also resulted in the foul calls against the Marauders and the Scorpions found themselves in the bonus early.
The Scorpions had opportunities to put the game away from the charity stripe, but they missed attempts in key moments. The Marauders missed some too. The game came down to which team had more guts.
Senior Torey Gillies (19 points) and Skyler Storie (18 points) led the Marauders and made some clutch shots, but none bigger than Gillies' game winner in overtime.
"It felt great to score the game-winning basket, but I couldn't have done it without my team. I made the last shot and I blocked their last attempt, but it was a team effort and we won this game together," said Gillies. "We started fresh this year with a new coach, and I feel like we're finally getting into the groove. It's been a process, but we've come a long way."
Head coach Moncibaez saw improvements in the girls' play throughout the season, but it wasn't translating to the win column and they lost some close games. The win against Sedona was proof the team is getting better.
"We lost in overtime against Payson, and getting a win against Sedona in overtime is huge for this team," said Moncibaez. "Wins are hard to come by when you play teams like Flagstaff, Prescott, and Bradshaw. This win over Sedona shows our girls they're working hard and doing a good job."
Mingus' starting backcourt fouled out of the game. Skyler Storie fouled out of the game with a little over a minute left in overtime. Angel Chavez fouled out with 10 seconds left in OT.
"I was a little concerned when both of our ball handlers fouled out of the game, but luckily there wasn't much time left and our girls inbounded the ball and we won the game," said Moncibaez.
Mingus plays Wickenburg today in Cottonwood. The game you definatley should attend is in Camp Verde this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
COTTONWOOD - Starting the series of cross-valley games with a win, the Mingus boys basketball team beat Sedona, 62-49 Monday in Cottonwood. The win ended a five-game losing skid.
The team, now without point-guard Rashonn Montgomery dismissed from the team for detrimental conduct, looks to press on and end the season on a high note.
Senior captain Clancy Odegard shared his thoughts after the win against Sedona.
"Rashonn will be missed. I'm upset because he's like a brother to me and I didn't want to see him go, but we're going to win without him. No matter what, we need to keep playing basketball," said Odegard.
Against Sedona, Odegard scored all of his 13 points in the second half and tallied five assists in the contest.
"We started out a little slow, but we handled the adversity and played well in the second half. Now we're going to Camp Verde, and we're going to beat them too," said Odegard.
Odegard looked more confident Monday than he has all season.
"Clancy had his best game tonight," said Mingus head coach Mark Owens. "He was able to handle the ball, score the ball, and get others involved. He looked like the player we've all envisioned him to be."
Senior Alex Brewer also stepped up against Sedona, scoring 16 points and grabbing 21 rebounds.
"Brewer is a warrior. I don't care who you're playing against, 21 rebounds is unheard of in a 32-minute high school game, at any level. He's been banged up and hurt, battling injuries, but he never complains. He just goes out there and plays his heart out every night. Tonight he was unbelievable and the spark we needed," said Owens.
Brewer's effort was even more important Monday night as the team was without frontcourt players Troy Carter and Greg Charles, both out with the flu. Owens pointed to bench production as the biggest reason his team was successful.
"It was an all-around team effort -- 11 of the 12 guys that suited up played and contributed. It's a very fun way to play, when everyone is excited about their opportunities. I felt like everyone made the most of their minutes and the bench production we're getting is key for us right now," said Owens.
Mingus plays the Cowboys in Camp Verde Jan. 17, then plays Prescott at US Airways Jan. 19. Winning against No. 7 Prescott would do a lot to move Mingus up the rankings..