February 4, 2003
Junior Cassey Brick scored a career-high 14 points and helped lead the Costa Mesa High girls basketball team to a 49-35 win over Golden West League host Orange Monday. Brick nailed 3 of 4 three-pointers in the first quarter to offset the Panthers' defensive strategy of a box-and-one, focusing on senior Rhondi Naff. Naff finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Brick added four assists to go with her career night. Senior Rickell Reeves contributed 10 rebounds and junior Susana Trujillo scored 13 points.
December 29, 1999
Tony Altobelli COSTA MESA - Nancy Hatsushi scored 17 points and dished out eight assists to lead Costa Mesa High's girls basketball to a 52-19 win over Granite Hills in the quarterfinals of the Costa Mesa Tournament Tuesday night. "She's a tough competitor," Coach Jim Weeks said. "Our offense runs through her." But is was the defense of the Mustangs (8-4) that was the difference, holding Granite Hills (10-2) to 3 of 21 shooting from the field in the first half.
December 18, 1999
HAWAIIAN GARDENS - The Costa Mesa High girls basketball team was outscored, 20-2, in the first quarter and never recovered, losing to Ontario, 45-37, in the first round of the Artesia Tournament Friday at the Hawaiian Gardens Center. "We've had trouble starting games and we didn't play very good defense early," Mesa Coach Jim Weeks said. "We came back in the second half, which I was proud of, but we never got closer than eight points." Mesa senior Autumn Smith scored 10 of her team-high 12 after intermission and Jenny Earnest scored all seven of her points in the final two quarters, when the Mustangs (3-3)
December 6, 1999
LAKEWOOD - Costa Mesa High's girls basketball team defeated Long Beach Jordan, 50-35, to take fifth place Saturday in the Mayfair-Bellflower Tournament at Mayfair High School. Jenny Earnest and Nancy Hatsushi did most of the damage for the Mustangs (3-1). Earnest led Costa Mesa with 17 points, and she grabbed eight rebounds and three steals. Hatsushi poured in 13, including two three-pointers, along with five assists and steals. After sticking around for most of the game, the Panthers were overwhelmed by Costa Mesa in the fourth quarter.
December 16, 2005
As first-year varsity player gets comfortable in the post, the Mustangs could see their win total start to skyrocket this season.Jasmine Werdel has not been playing basketball for very long. The sophomore took up the sport three years ago, following in the footsteps of two cousins, who played in high school and college. Last year as a freshman at Costa Mesa High, Werdel made the school's junior varsity girls' basketball team and immediately made an impact as a post player. The 6-foot Werdel, a quiet, unassuming sophomore, is still learning the game -- this year on the varsity level.
January 24, 2000
COSTA MESA - With both starting point guard Nancy Hatsushi and guard Jenny Earnest out with injuries, there was only so much host Costa Mesa High's girls basketball team expected from Saturday's game against Westminster, ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division IAA. The result was as expected. The Lions (16-4) pounded the depleted Mustangs (13-7), 81-45. But it was only the shell of a Costa Mesa team that ranked No. 6 in Division IIA that Westminster defeated.
January 5, 2000
Joseph Boo COSTA MESA - Six days ago, Costa Mesa High's girls basketball team beat Villa Park, 54-42, but that was another millennium. This time, the Spartans made sure history didn't repeat as they won easily, 58-37, Tuesday night in nonleague play. "They hustled and got every loose ball," Costa Mesa Coach Jim Weeks said, "and we missed our shots. It's hard to win when you score nine points in the second half." The Mustangs (10-5) shot 1 for 26 in that stretch, with Jenny Earnest getting the team's lone field goal.
January 23, 2002
COSTA MESA - Ignited by a high-charged 27-point third quarter, the Costa Mesa High girls basketball team marched past Pacific Coast League visitor Laguna Beach, 54-26, Tuesday. The Mustangs (8-12, 2-3 in the PCL) shot 9 of 19 in the third quarter, hitting four three-pointers, two from senior Crystina Poncher (six points), and sophomore Cassey Brick (seven points) and senior Christine Caron (seven points) drained one each. Junior Rhondi Naff led Costa Mesa with 16 points, while Caron and junior Rickell Reeves grabbed 10 rebounds each and senior Jasmine Grewal collected eight boards.