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Endres’ basket helps Mulvane girls beat Clearwater

Published Jan. 21 at 11:04 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 22 at 7:13 a.m.

Mulvane’s girls basketball players have seen on video what happens when they have the correct spacing and set good screens in their motion offense.

“(We see on video) at the beginning of the season when we’re bunched together and the difference when you stay spread out and set the screens and use them, it’s amazing how many open shots you get,” senior KaSandra Melick said.

Mulvane’s success with its offense Tuesday night was especially effective when, with 34 seconds to go, senior Shelby Endres got open for the go-ahead basket inside to beat Clearwater 40-39.

“I had a lot of good screens coming across,” Endres said. “I wasn’t really expecting to be that wide open, but I was, I got it, I laid it up. It’s something we do on an everyday basis.”

Clearwater, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, had two chances to tie the score in the final 30 seconds but turned the ball over on a travel and its final shot was off the mark.

Mulvane had used its motion offense well through the first half, frustrating Clearwater with its ability to get one open shot after another. The half ended when Melick rebounded her own miss in the lane and put it back up for a basket 24-15 lead at the buzzer.

Melick finished with a team-high 14 points, and Aubree Burkhart added 13.

“We just don’t have a true post player, so I try to get those post players out of (the lane), so we can do what we need to do inside,” Mulvane coach Kendra Banzet said.

Mulvane senior Destynee Donaldson opened the third quarter with a basket and an 11-point lead. She had just four points, but she had three blocked shots and six rebounds.

Clearwater went on a 21-7 run over 13 minutes in the second half — Mulvane committed seven fourth-quarter turnovers — and had a 36-33 lead when senior Bryna Vogel scored on a putback.

Vogel had a game-high 21 points, hitting 13 of 16 free throws, along with 12 rebounds and five steals.

Banzet laughed quietly when asked about Vogel.

“I’m glad that Bryna’s a senior,” Banzet said. “… She is so fun to watch — the arms, the length, the leaping ability. She has a nice shot, she knows where the ball is. She’s a great all-around player.”

After Endres hit a three-pointer to put Mulvane up 38-37 with one minute to go, it was Vogel who regained the lead on two free throws.

But 15 seconds later, Endres hit her go-ahead basket.

“We were looking to have good spacing (on the play) and good passing, and whoever shot the ball, it would just be a good shot, a layup or a little jumper,” said Endres, who had six points.

As for the win, Mulvane needed it. The Wildcats (6-4) had lost four of their last six games.

“This is a very good win for us,” Banzet said. “The last time we played them (in the 2013 postseason), it was a one-point win in their favor. I feel really validated with this win. … I feel we played the way we should be. It was a good show of what we can and what we should do.”

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Clearwater: Vogel 21, Sizemore 4, Bennett 6, Oberlechner 6, King 2.

Mulvane: Melick 14, Donaldson 4, Burkhart 13, Wilson 3, Endres 6.

Mulvane senior KaSandra Melick

Mulvane senior Shelby Endres

Mulvane coach Kendra Banzet

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