MUNSTER | Early offensive struggles gave way to points in the paint as Munster topped its visitor from across the state line Monday.
The Mustangs shook off the winter break cobwebs to beat TF North 43-35 as there were ebbs and flows for both offenses.
It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2008, a game the Meteors won then by 27 points.
Munster (7-6) started off slowly on offense; shooting was a struggle and getting the ball into the post was difficult.
When Megan Zabrecky and Madelynn Moore got to work in the lane, Munster took control of the game.
The pair scored 13 points combined in the first half as Munster led 19-9 at the break.
Rebounding and defense kept the Meteors (5-5) in the game early. North won the battle of the boards 8-4 in the first quarter and had seven steals by halftime.
Daijahnay Winston buried a 3-pointer that provided a spark for TF North early in the third quarter, but the momentum was short-lived.
Munster broke it open on the strength of a 13-4 run, eventually leading 34-18 after three quarters.
The Meteors gained confidence again the fourth quarter, with Munster turning the ball over multiple times and North in control of the rebounds. North cut the lead to nine on another Winston 3-pointer and floater with less than four minutes on the clock, but the North bench elected not to foul until the final minute and the Meteors ran out of time.
Zabrecky finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five steals while Moore added 12 points with eight rebounds and four steals.
D’Azya Dunn led TF North with 17 points and eight boards. Winston scored all eight of her points in the final frame.