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Mitchell ends Wesley Chapel's perfect start

WESLEY CHAPEL — The mounting weight of Wesley Chapel's undefeated season finally became too much to bear.

Wildcats coach Karim Nohra seemed relieved they finally lost, falling 50-35 to Mitchell on Friday night.

"It's got to end some time," Nohra said. "I'm glad it's off my shoulders."

Wesley Chapel's 14-game winning streak came to a halt in a game the Wildcats (14-1) trailed mostly by double digits. They looked helpless inside without 6-foot-2 senior forward Janelle Mills, a Stetson signee who is out with a broken left wrist. Her prognosis should become more clear after she visits a doctor next week.

In her absence, Wesley Chapel had managed to win several games. The difference Friday proved to be poor execution, bad shots and an overwhelming effort by the Mustangs (8-6).

Mitchell showed its versatility with sisters Latrel and Lashe Kirkland scoring 19 and 12, respectively. Andrea Kosmalski added 11.

Mitchell coach Jacob Tavo was asked what he told the girls before the game, and said he never talks before games.

"They have to figure out a way to motivate themselves," Tavo said. "I'm not a motivator. I do my job during the week when we don't have games and let them do their thing to motivate each other."

Like it or not, the approach worked.

Wesley Chapel cut the deficit to 10 in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by sophomore Hannah Noble (10 points). But the Mustangs outscored the Wildcats 7-2 to finish the game.

Wesley Chapel guard Shantel Houston, who averages 15.6 points, was held to a team-high 11.

Houston injured her ankle in the second half, and though she did return, Nohra was unclear is she would be available for this afternoon's game at Avon Park.

"I thought if we could get it down to eight we had a shot," Nohra said. "The whole team fell asleep. … I have to give them credit, they came here to kick our butts and they did a nice job."

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