It was a win, but Eagles coach and former player, Jimmia McCluskey was a bit frustrated. “The beginning, I could tell it was nerves. Like any game, they’ve played this team in playoffs before, it didn’t come out the same way it did today,” McCluskey said. “I’m like guys, it’s ok, you’ve played them all season, you know how they move, you know what they can do. You know who can shoot, who can drive. Just play basketball.”
The 8-0 run was a problem for the Mustangs, who took a number of quick shots throughout the game, without great success.
“I think the girls were a little bit stunned in the first quarter, they were obviously nervous,” Mustangs coach Becky Dutko said. “They weren’t expecting a lot of the pressure they got. We had a lot of good shots that just didn’t fall.”
That, coupled with Aberdeen’s takeaways, led to 11-4 Eagles lead on Jae DeVeaux’s second basket of the quarter.
The Eagles led 13-6 after one quarter, but Taylor Marchetti’s basket to start quarter two had the Mustangs to within five, 13-8.