Girls high school basketball: Mt. View seniors step up

2013-02-02T00:00:00Z Girls high school basketball: Mt. View seniors step upChuck Constantino Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The self-proclaimed "superheroes" helped push the Mountain View girls basketball team to victory in its final regular-season game.

The Mountain Lions defeated Sabino 53-30 on Senior Night in front of their home crowd Friday.

Mountain View's seniors warmed up with homemade capes, a tribute from the team to its "superheroes." Those seniors collected 42 of the team's 53 total points.

"Well, for senior night, all the non-seniors made them for us," senior guard Lauren Reece said. "We wore them in warmups and it pumped us up. I love the capes."

Reece had 11 points, while seniors Jessica Salaz (15) and Melody McLaughlin (12) also scored in double figures.

After a slow-paced first quarter, Mountain View held the edge 6-4. The Lions led 21-12 at halftime, showing flashes of an up-tempo attack, but they came out determined to push the pace in the second half.

"We can play it either way," Mountain View coach Niki Melchiori said. "We're a team where they need to get out and run. If I try to tell them to slow it down, they'll do it, but I don't think they like to play that way. They want to get out and push it up and try to get those easy transition baskets."

Mountain View led 34-23 after three before pulling away in the fourth to improve to 21-5 on the season. Sabino fell to 18-9.

Melchiori held back emotions when describing the Lions' season so far.

"We've been through some tough times these past few years and the girls have come together, worked hard in the offseason and they've done everything that I've asked of them as a coach," she said.

"For them to truly believe in themselves and me as their leader, it just shows from the success that we're having this year. It's been awesome, I'm going to miss them a lot."

Sabino played without senior center Alexa Arndt, who was "sick in bed," coach Al Addleman said. Arndt has averaged about 10 points and 10 rebounds a game. Her absence changed Sabino's offensive and defensive strategies.

"For the last three weeks (she) has been scoring about 17 points a game and about 14 rebounds a game," Addleman said. "So without her we obviously missed our inside game. We had to pick our poison on whether we wanted to sag in and let them shot outside or give them the option to score inside."

Addleman said the Sabercats "were about a step slow" and need to make sure "when we are outsized and their bigs come over to help that we find the open person as a result of their rotations."

On StarNet: See more photos from the game at azstarnet.com/gallery

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