After finishing an undefeated Kanto League basketball season, including two close wins over Nile C. Kinnick High School, the Mustangs faced the Red Devils in the 2013 Far East Girls DODDS Basketball Tournament semifinals and came up short…tough to beat a good team three times in a row.
The next day the Mustangs battled second-seeded Kadena to win in overtime for the chance to face Kinnick again. They found another gear and beat the Red Devils in another overtime game that made every Mustang parent so proud. Playing a third game against Kinnick in just 30 minutes after two overtime games (due to double-elimination format) was asking too much in one day. Even though they had the Yokota crowd behind them and did their tired best, an early injury to Liz Thornton and foul trouble worked against them in a loss to the Red Devils.
Second place never tastes as good as first, but the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, Bessie Noll, showed them that they all have “another gear” for next year when they go for the school’s first girls basketball Far East Championship since 1992. They loved playing for Coach “Lo” and with Bessie as their captain they showed true Mustang spirit. (Marty Tromburg, Business Manager)