The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs women's basketball team completed their 2013-14 season with an overall record of 7-14 and a Region XIX record of 2-8.
As a rebuilding year, the team consisted primarily of freshmen players, with only one sophomore on the roster. Despite the learning curve, the young squad persevered, advancing in both skill set and game knowledge.
"As the season went on, I saw growth," noted Mustangs Head Coach Kelly Dunbar. "These athletes had a great work ethic, which was not necessarily reflected in our win-loss record."
Among the highlights for the Mustangs, were two Region wins late in the season over Delaware County Community College and Luzerne County Community College. "We pulled out those two close games towards the end and it really showed how we progressed over the course of four months," said Dunbar.
Jiana Clark (Cheltenham, Pa.) and Bryanna Lacey (Harleysville, Pa.) led the Mustangs statistically and earned spots on the Region XIX Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) All-Conference Second Team. Clark averaged 18.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, while Lacey averaged 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Also showing leadership offensively was Chloe Long (Barto, Pa.), who averaged 9.5 points per game and led the team in made three point shots.
Off the court the Mustangs participated in two community service events, including a Special Olympics basketball tournament in December and the Hoops for Hope campaign in February. The team also raised $590 for the Prayers for Poinsettia Scholarship Fund, offered through the College's Foundation.
Also noteworthy are the academic accomplishments of the squad. The women's basketball team averaged a 2.86 GPA during the Fall semester, with Angelina Sirak, Stephanie Sirak, Kendall Gazzo and Kimberly Pessoa being named Distinguished Scholar-Athletes on the Fall 2013 Mustangs Academic Team.