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Mustangs defeat Gryphons, stay undefeated

Kristi Hopper sinks five of her team's eight 3-pointers as Mitchell runs its win streak to 19.

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published January 13, 2007


NEW PORT RICHEY - Somewhere deep in the back of their minds, they know it's there.

Opinions vary, but the possibility of an undefeated season for Mitchell is beginning to look like, well, a real possibility. While some shrug off a perfect season as just part of winning one game at a time, a few players say it's the team's goal.

Either way, the Mustangs kept the idea alive by coming from behind against Sickles.

"We have a lot to lose," said Kristi Hopper, who poured in 21 points a few nights after leading the Mustangs back to a win with 27 against Alonso. "It's not like we've lost yet. We think about it every day."

It wasn't the one or two ways the Mustangs - now with 19 wins - beat the Gryphons, but the 3-pointers that did in their district rival. Hopper nailed five of Mitchell's eight total buckets from behind the arc, and Joanna Bussa hit two as part of her 18 points.

"We're a pretty good shooting team," said Bussa. "It's part of the game plan. But I wouldn't say we are trying to go undefeated. We know we can, but it's not our goal."

Trailing 14-13 in the first quarter was definitely not part of the plan. In the teams' earlier matchup, Sickles (9-6) led the whole game before a Mitchell comeback forced overtime and eventually a win by double digits. This time, the comeback came and ended in the second quarter where the Mustangs scored 29 to Sickles' 12.

"We were just playing lazy on defense," said Hopper. "Once we stepped up on defense, that led to our offense. And then we started getting our shots."

Shawntae Snavkowsky had four 3-pointers, 21 points and four steals for the Gryphons. Taylor Lunin added the remaining 3-pointer for Mitchell and finished with 9 points.