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Lady Mustangs Improve 2-0 in Bull Run Tourney

For the second straight night, George Mason High School girls varsity basketball held its opponent to two first-quarter points and did not cede a field goal for over nine minutes. And for the second straight night the Mustangs won running away.

Mason will enter its toughest stretch of the season on the heels of a scrappy 47-20 victory over visiting Madison County High School in the Mustangs’ second Bull Run District contest. From the opening tip, the Mustangs dominated the scoreboard and the floor. But not without a substantial fight from the Mountaineers.

“We’re always in a dogfight when we play Madison County,” Mason coach LaBryan Thomas said. “They say it’s a curse but we never play well against them. It’s their style, they just try to slow the game down.”

A full-court press that allowed no field goals for 10:32 to start the game helped pad an offense that poured in its second-lowest point total of the year. Sophomore Bria Platenburg had 12 points to lead all scorers while classmate Lauren Kane chipped in 10 and four boards.

On Saturday, after the concluding day of December’s Battlefield Tip-Off Tournament was delayed due to a snowstorm, the George Mason High School varsity girls basketball team made up the final and bested AAA powerhouse Robinson High School in a rare Saturday night slate 46-43.

In what Mason coach LaBryan Thomas referred to as a great all-around effort, the Mustangs bested the Rams (8-5) behind Kane’s 16 points. The defending single A state champions held off Robinson, the largest public school in Virginia with a high school enrollment of just under 3,000.

The Mustangs, in the middle of a six-contest winning streak, hit the court next with the biggest two-game stretch of the year. Mason went on the road Tuesday to rival Clarke County before hosting undefeated and state-ranked No. 1 Strasburg High today.

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