Mustang girls down Norse at home

MONROE — Prairie City-Monroe’s girls had revenge on their minds on Friday night when Roland-Story rolled into Monroe. The Mustangs took a nine-point defeat earlier in the season at the hands of the Norse, but PCM’s play indicated they are not the same team that struggled in Story City.

PCM held an early lead in the first quarter, and the girls tightened up the defense as the game went along, taking down the visiting Norse, 61-32.

Junior transfer Rachel Freland has given the Mustangs the outside shooting presence the team was lacking before her arrival. She knocked down three 3-pointers in the second half to help extend the lead. Courtney Van Houweling and Abbi Gilson picked up a solid load of the scoring, racking up 13 and 12 points, respectively.

PCM led by four points midway through the second quarter when the Mustangs started to make their push. Van Houweling scored on a driving layup. On the next trip up the floor, she stepped into the passing lane and wound up with an easy bucket in transition. The pressure from the Mustangs forced quick passes from the Norse, who also ended up in some tight one-on-one situations. Gilson forced a jump-ball, with the ball going back to the Mustangs. Jayci Vos was fouled on the next possession and knocked down two charity shots to put the lead to double digits.

The Norse came up empty on the next trip, and Van Houweling found Vos under the bucket to increase the lead to 12. Gilson sank a floater right as time expired to go into the half with a 28-14 edge.

Freland set the pace early in the second half, knocking down a 3-pointer in the opening moments. PCM used sharp passing around the perimeter to get Vos open as she knocked one down from long range. The Mustangs amped up the pressure and forced R-S into some frustration fouls. Two free throws before the buzzer made it 41-21 going into the fourth.

Despite the big advantage, PCM did not back off its pressure. The Mustangs continued to press in the backcourt and found easy buckets in transition on their way to a nearly 30-point victory.

PCM’s girls move to 10-6 with four wins in their last five games. The Mustangs take on Colfax-Mingo in Colfax on Tuesday.