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From frightened to fired up.
That pretty much covered Megan Pfister’s range of emotion in the 20 minutes after the Evergreen Park sophomore took her first tumble of the season early in the third quarter of the Mustangs’ 52-44 season-opening victory Monday over visiting Mount Assisi.
Pfister was hustling, jumping over a Mount Assisi defender, when she crashed to the floor landing on her right shoulder.
“I couldn’t move it,” she said. “I thought it was dislocated. But then I got some ice and then I just moved it around. I was good to go.”
Indeed, Pfister’s range of motion was right on when it counted, as she hit five fourth-quarter free throws and made a key home run pass on a throw-in to teammate Amelia Rodriguez after Mount Assisi had sliced a 17-point deficit to three.
Pfister finished with 13 points and six rebounds, Nicole Larkin 12 points, Megan Beckow 10 points and 10 rebounds and Rodriguez eight points for the Mustangs.
Mount Assisi was led by Terri Dearth (9 points), Mary Kate Wetzel (8 points, 14 rebounds) and Natalie Gath (8 rebounds).
Pfister struggled at times with a surgically repaired left foot in 2011. Her role this season is to be the primary point guard.
“Oh, my gosh, I held my breath a lot,” Mustangs coach Bruce Scaduto said of his reaction to Pfister’s fall. “She’s our main guard, and after last season playing and not playing, right away I’m thinking, ‘Now the shoulder?’ I was just happy to see that she was able to get back.”
Pfister missed five minutes of the third quarter, but the Mustangs were able to turn a five-point lead into a 33-20 advantage thanks to a run that saw Rodriguez hit a pair of pull-up jumpers (one a three-pointer) and Beckow complete a three-point play.
It was 40-23 Evergreen Park late in the third period when Mount Assisi went to a man-to-man press. It worked wonders for the Eagles, who went on a 15-1 run to get to within three.
After a timeout, Scaduto called for two fast-break plays in which Larkin converted a layup on a long toss from Beckow, and after a Mount Assisi turnover, Pfister spotted a sprinting Rodriguez for an easy layup.
“Actually, we have practiced that play where we have the long ball,” Scaduto said. “I was nice to see that when we needed to execute a play, we executed two plays in a row to put us back up.”