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COPPERAS COVE — The Marble Falls High School girls basketball team began its season Nov. 5 with a 53-39 victory against Copperas Cove.

Lady Mustangs head coach Chris Jost said his athletes played well after a series of turnovers by both squads to begin the contest.

“Once we got past the first-game jitters, I thought we played with a lot poise, and we played really hard,” he said. “We were smart with our fouls in the first half, and that allowed us to keep the starters on the floor for the majority of the game.”

Jost commended the defensive play of senior post Teagan Hall and said junior post Hanna Wall scored on a key offensive rebound to tie the contest at 11-11 after the opening period.

Freshmen Molly Myrick and Aspen Woerner played about two minutes each in the second half to allow the upperclassmen to rest. That played a factor in the outcome, Jost said.

“Our defense wore (Copperas Cove) down,” he said. “Cove got some layups early in the game against the press, and they also hit some big shots in transition. Our defense just stepped up a notch in the third to build a 13-point lead.”

The coach credited the leadership from his seniors that allowed the Lady Mustangs to go on a 9-1 run to close out the contest.

TOP PLAYER: Blanca Fonseca, 17 points, 6 steals and 5 assists

ON OFFENSE: Points – Sarah Stripling 20 (13 in the second period), Reann Hall 8, Haley Stephens 6, Hanna Wall 2

ON DEFENSE: Rebounds – R. Hall 8; steals – Stephens 3

RECORD: Marble Falls is 1-0.

UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Nov. 12, Marble Falls at Temple, 200 N. 23rd in Temple