Junior varsity girls basketball defeats Diamond Ranch

Junior varsity girls basketball defeated Diamond Ranch 69-19 in its last home league game Thursday, Jan. 31.

In the start of the first quarter, the Panthers attempted a few offensive plays, but the Mustangs countered with man-to-man defense. In the second quarter, the Mustangs made numerous offensive rebounds, allowing power forward senior Krista Correa to score three two-pointers, extending the Mustangs’ lead 32-9.

“My teammates work hard and [stay] motivated by cheering each other on,” Correa said. “We worked hard as a team, and we pushed to make this season a great one.”

By passing around the perimeter and into the paint, Walnut gained a 51-18 lead by the end of the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, small forward sophomore Mia Tran made five two-pointers to end the game 69-19.

“I was nervous because I had open layups, and I kept missing,” Tran said. “Secondly, I was really excited because my teammates knew I was trying to get to that goal“This year’s team even shows how close and coherent we are.”

Leading the Mustangs’ offense during the second half, Tran broke the Walnut junior varsity girls basketball record for by scoring 306 points in total. She beat the previous 305-point record set by Meagan Pham, who graduated in 2018.

“Everyone got together at once to help me. I’d never had that before. It wasn’t just me that was scoring,” Tran said. “I was at 283 and I needed 23 to get to 306. I’ve been off lately and I [didn’t] think that [it was] possible to score 23 points.”  

By Landon Park, Staff writer
Photo by Annika Le