Malverne's Lady Mules watched the more experienced Carle Place Frogs leap past them Friday night, bringing their winning streak game to an end with a loss of 60-24. The Lady Mules basketball team walked into Carle Place High School on Friday night riding high on a two-game winning streak. With previous victories over East Rockaway and Roosevelt, they had the confidence and momentum to go in and compete with a strong and experienced Frog's team.
Unfortunately the Frogs strength won out. Their size and experience wore down Malverne and never let them in the game, winning convincingly 60-24.
Score: Carle Place 60, Malverne 24
Heroes: Junior forward Amanda Masson was the bright spot for the Lady Mules, scoring a team-high 10 points for the night. She helped the Mules go on a small run to start the third quarter.
Turning Point: The Lady Mules were overwhelmed by Carle Place from the start of the game. The Frogs crisp passing and hot shooting gave them a 22-3 first quarter advantage and 40-8 halftime lead.
Coach's Corner: "They are a very experienced veteran team and it really worked in their favor," said Malverne Head Coach Micheal Pelan. "They were older, more mature and stronger, and it showed out there."
Bottom Line: The Frogs are a better all around team than Malverne. They shot the ball better and were patient working the ball around the perimeter. Their maturity and experience were evident from the start. The Lady Mules have a tendency to take shots too quickly and many of the shots end up being contested by the defense. Eighth grader Alexis Lopez has established herself as the team's outside shooter, but she could not find the basket on Friday night, which hurt Malverne offensively.
Key Stat: Junior Forward Tion Taye Noel was solid from the free-throw line, hitting all of her shots. She was the Mules second leading scorer with seven points.
Box Score:1 2 3 4 F Malverne 3 5 6 10 24 Carle Place 22 18 13 7 60
Who's Next: The Lady Mules take on Friends Academy on Jan. 11 at 6:45 p.m.