The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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February 14, 2014

MEDINA SUFFERS CLOSE LOSS

Lady Mustangs come up six points shy of upending Akron on Senior Night

Medina Journal-Register — Medina girl’s basketball coach Ken Haak could not have been more satisfied with his team’s performance on Senior Night Thursday despite a 35-29 Niagara-Orleans matchup loss to Akron.

“I’m extremely happy with how the game went tonight,” Haak said. “Last time we played [Akron], we didn’t score until the third quarter. Today we took them right down to the buzzer.”

Medina got off to a hot start in the first quarter putting up 12 points as opposed to Akron’s five. The Lady Tigers clawed back in the second and brought the score to 19-14 in favor of the Lady Mustangs heading into halftime.

Medina’s offense went cold in the third quarter and could only muster up four points, which Akron capitalized on to take a 24-23 lead. Akron pulled away in the fourth after hitting a 3-pointer late in the game to extend its final lead to six.

Steady play was an issue for the Lady Mustangs. It’s a problem Haak contributes to the youth of his team.

“The fact that we have four freshmen and three sophomores on the team, and three freshmen start, being consistent through the game is a challenge.” Haak said. “Given the young make-up of our team and the inexperience, we’re playing with a JV team.”

Medina’s other two starters, seniors Brianna Dunn and Taylor Miller, were honored before the start of the game and made an impact on keeping the game competitive.

“Taylor played her best game tonight,” Haak said. “She realized this was her last game out here and she came to play. Brianna has been on the team a couple years and is really the heart and soul of our team. It was nice to get her some floor time.”

Dunn and Miller helped to set an example for the rest of the team all season, and Haak said they will surely be missed once it comes to an end.

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