The Melba Mustangs dropped both games in the first two rounds of the state 2A tournament last weekend while playing at Capital High School.
First up on Thursday Melba faced Firth. The 12-8 Mustangs had a much deeper bench against the 16-4 top-ranked Cougars but were overshadowed by Firth’s tall men.
By halftime, Melba had half of Firth’s points, 31-16. Not only was Firth’s inside game with passes to their big men good, the Cougars also had range from the outside, popping three-pointers from the sides. The second half was more of the same. Melba just couldn’t get the ball inside, either being stuffed when they did or pulling a charge.
Melba only managed a 35 percent shooting from the field. With a final score of 59-37, Firth managed a 59 percentage shooting from the floor. It was the lowest scoring game for Melba all season.
The next day, Melba did not manage to do much better. They suffered a 61-54 loss to Wendell.
Firth went on to win the state championship.