All of the teams in the field would like to become a state champion and if West Mesa Mustangs are able to win it all in Class 5A girls basketball, it would be a first. The Mustangs finished an impressive regular season with a 24-3 record.
All of their losses have been to one team, their District 2 foe, Piedra Vista. The Lady Mustangs will start first-round play of the state tournament just like they did last year, as the number three seed against the same opponent.
“This is the third year in a row that we are the third seed and Onate is the 14th seed,” said Lady Mustangs Head Coach Manny Otero. “Last two years we’ve had a tough game against them and we’re just excited to get in the state tournament and see where it goes from here.”
The Lady Mustangs are deep with experience with only one missing player from last year’s team that made it to the quarterfinals.
“Many of these girls have played since their freshman year on varsity, many of them started,” said Otero.
The experience showed throughout the year as the Lady Mustangs filled their resume with wins and tournament titles.
“We won three Metro Championships, two District Championships. I would give all of that up for one state title,” said senior point guard Esperanza Varoz.
The Lady Mustangs and Onate’s first-round game is on Friday at West Mesa. The game has a 7 p.m. start time.