The Mustang Broncos started the 2023-24 season on a high note, winning two of their first three games by a combined margin of 98 points.
Coach Katie Smith’s squad opened the campaign with a 78-2 win over Capitol Hill before falling to Putnam City North in Game 2 at home.
The Broncos rebounded with a 53-31 victory over Piedmont before heading to the Bishop Kelley Tournament last weekend.
Both wins over the Redwolves and Wildcats counted toward the Class 6A District 1 standings where the Broncos currently sit in second place behind defending state champion Edmond North.
Mustang gets its chance to leap the Huskies on Tuesday night as Smith’s team travels to Edmond for its third district game of the season. The Broncos return home to host Deer Creek before a two-week Christmas break.
Check out the recap and notes from the team’s first three district contests:
MUSTANG 78, CAPITOL HILL 2
A tough experience for all involved.
The Broncos cruised to a 76-point win over a struggling Redwolves team on Opening Night.
Cherish Haywood (Jr.), Mya Alston (So.), and Kamryn Bass (Sr.) all scored in double digits as Mustang earned its first-ever District 1 victory.
Haywood scored a game-high 19 points while grabbing two rebounds. She went 7-for-9 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Alson scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out two assists. She went 7-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Bass chipped in 10 points, including two makes from three-point range. She finished with one rebound and one assist.
Camryn Engles (Sr.) scored six points and grabbed six boards. Lovely Haywood (Fr.) and Ehryana Boykins (So.) each scored five points.
Oklahoma Christian University-signee Riley Trammell (Sr.) and Christal Long (Jr.) each chipped in four points and combined for seven rebounds. Aleigh Brayton (Sr.) scored three points with three rebounds and four assists.
Avery Ragland (So.) and Rodryana Boykins (So.) each scored two points.
PC NORTH 45, MUSTANG 39
The Broncos struggled to sink shots in their first loss of the 2023-24 season.
The team went 11-for-37 (30%) from the floor overall and 1-for-9 from three-point range in a six-point district loss to the Panthers.
Cherish Haywood (Jr.) looks to drive past a Piedmont defender during Mustang’s 53-31 win over the Wildcats on Dec. 5, 2023, at the Mustang Event Center. Haywood scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in the win. (Photo by Shelly Holinsworth / Freelance Action Photography)
Mustang also turned the ball over 22 times while grabbing just 22 rebounds.
Ehryana Boykins led the team with 11 points on 2-for-6 shooting. She grabbed one rebound and went 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
Alston also scored in double digits for the Broncos, pouring in 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting. She grabbed four boards and was also perfect from the charity stripe, going 4-for-4.
Haywood scored nine points while pulling down four boards. Long chipped in six points, including one make and four free throws, and led the team with six rebounds. Parker Simonsen (Sr.) scored three points.
Mustang went 16-for-18 on free throws and finished with seven steals on the defensive end. Boykins led the team with three takeaways.
MUSTANG 53, PIEDMONT 31
The Broncos bounced back from their first loss with a blowout win over Piedmont at the Mustang Event Center.
11 players scored for Mustang and nine grabbed at least one rebound.
Alston continued her strong start to the season with a team-high 10 points. She went 3-for-6 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds, and finished with two steals.
Haywood also continued her solid start, scoring nine points while pulling down a team-high six boards. She also dished out two assists, blocked one shot, and finished with three takeaways.
Simonsen and Long combined for 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Simonsen dished out a team-high four helpers while Long grabbed four rebounds.
Bass scored six points with one assist and one rebound. Eliana Valentin Florance (Jr.) scored five points with two rebounds while Ragland, Trammell, Lovely Haywood (Fr.), and Boykins each scored two points.
Trammell added four rebounds while Engles scored one point with two boards.