By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
Melba girls’ varsity basketball brought the biggest game win home on Thursday against the Marsing Huskies.
“This win came at just the right time,” said Coach Darrin Shindle.
Coach Shindle and his wife just had a baby boy on Monday and he was in the NICU on Thursday night while Shindle coached the game.
Marsing lost their first game of the season to Cole Valley and now they add Melba to that list.
With Marsing ranked one of the top teams in the division this year, this was a huge win for Melba and a devastating loss to the Huskies.
”When we knock off the number one team in the league and we are number five, it’s great. I am pretty proud of them,” said Shindle.
The girls kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with a teeter tottering score alternating the leading team during the final minutes of the game.
The third quarter ended with Mustangs ahead by one with 38 to 37.
Melba had several extra chances to score as Marsing set them up on the free throw line eleven times in the fourth quarter.
Melba took advantage of three of those shots with Nicole Hoagland and Kara Leavitt adding points to the board.
Sierra Manzer and Dani Romans also added two points each to wrap up the game.
Melba pulled the win with a final score of 45 to 42.
“I believe we can beat anyone in this league. We just needed to play a complete game without a quarter that dooms us,” said Shindle.
Dani Romans lead in points with thirteen, Sierra Manzer with ten and Anysja Manzer with seven.
Saturday’s game again New Plymouth brought a loss to the girls with 42-45.