Chugiak girls solidify hold on No. 3 seed; Injuries hobble Mustangs

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:16
  • Chugiak’s Averie Carlos guards West’s Sylvia Xaivong in the Mustangs’ 63-38 win last Thursday. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • Chugiak’s Chastity Horn puts up a shot while being upended by the Eagle’s defense. Horn finished with 16 points in the win over West. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eva Palmer drives to the hoop against the defense of West’s Naia Felix. Palmer led Chugiak with 20 points in the win. Chugiak’s Chastity Horn puts up a shot while being upended by the Eagle’s defense. Horn finished with 16 points in the win over West.Chugiak’s Averie Carlos guards West’s Sylvia Xaivong in the Mustangs’ 63-38 win last Thursday. (Photos by Michael Dinneen for the Star)

Handily defeating the West Eagles by a 63-38 margin last Thursday night gave Chugiak coach Ryan Hales plenty of opportunity to rest his Lady Mustangs starters in the second half as the regular season heads into its final two weeks.

Led by Eva Palmer’s 20 and Chasity Horn’s 16, the Lady Mustangs outscored West 20-3 in the third quarter to blow open the game.

Chugiak (14-6, 7-3) has a solid hold on the third seed in the Cook Inlet Conference after beating Eagle River 52-5 the next night before losing to East 58-44 on Saturday.

Injuries hobble Mustangs

The Mustangs (14-8, 7-3) dropped a pair of nonconference games at Barrow last weekend.

Chugiak was without top players Derryk Snell, who suffered a concussion against West on Thursday, and Ty Carlos, who didn’t play in the last three games after suffering an ankle injury the previous Tuesday in Chugiak’s 79-40 win against Service.

Chugiak had won eight in row before losing four of the past five.

Without Snell and Carlos, Chugiak fell 60-34 to West and then 63-50 to Barrow after the long flight the next night.

The Saturday game was more of the thriller after Barrow led 46-39 with about a minute left before Chugiak battled back to tie the game with 20 seconds left.

A foul call on a Barrow drive to the basket led to a split on free throws with 2.7 seconds left for the 49-48 win by the Whalers.

The Mustang squads will host Eagle River on Saturday and South on Monday before closing the regular season at Bartlett next Wednesday.

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