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4 on the statewide basketball floor

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Player-of-the-year Pohs and Gallegos on 4A girls all-state team; Carter on 5A boys; and Cawley named 4A girls top coach. 
Mullen had three players chosen to the basketball all-state teams released on Wednesday, two from its three-time defending Class 4A girls championship team.

Megan Pohs and Gracie Gallegos were named to the 4A first team and Brayden Carter was chosen for the 5A second team.

Girls head coach Frank Cawley also was chosen as 4A coach of the year.

Pohs, a 5-foot-4 point guard who also was named 4A player of the year, capped a brilliant career last month at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. The Mustangs won their third straight title – they count the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-cancelled finale in 2020 as a co-championship with Holy Family – by blowing out Windsor 67-44.

In 95 career games, Pohs scored 1,060 points, shot 39 percent from beyond the 3-point line and converted 82 percent on free throws.

As a freshman on a team that started all underclassmen, Pohs and Mullen were 8-15. However, they were 57-17 the next three seasons. With Pohs handling the point, the Mustangs won 14 consecutive playoff games. She averaged 16 points in the postseason, was all-Centennial League four times and all-state three times.

She will play at Regis University.

Gallegos has been interesting since first stepping onto the Mustangs’ court. A 6-foot-1 swing player who may not be finished growing, her athleticism, anticipation and coordination have been so good that she has consistently guarded the opposition’s best player.

Her scoring also has grown – she averaged 16.4 points in the past Season B along with 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. She shot 40 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent on free throws.

For her career, Gallegos has 752 points and 88 3-pointers.

Gallegos can play either of the guard or forward positions and help against the press.

One of the top recruits in the Class of 2022, Gallegos and Mullen have lost only in the 5A-based Centennial and versus out-of-state teams.

Carter, a 6-8 center-forward, blossomed as a senior. He was the main reason why the Mustangs earned their first winning record in the Centennial in 15 years; led Mullen to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons; topped the team in a first-round playoff victory at perennial power Denver East; and was at the front of the program getting its second overall winning record since the 2007-08 season.

In the past Season B, Carter averaged 19.5 points (10th in 5A) and 8.3 rebounds. He scored in double figures in all 16 games – Mullen was 9-7 – with a high of 30 in a one-point victory against Smoky Hill. He shot 53 percent from the field.

Carter was in double-figure rebounds five times.

He also will play at Regis University.

Cawley, a fixture on the Mustangs sidelines for 12 seasons, is 207-96 with two outright titles and the shared one. His teams haven’t lost a 4A game in three seasons.