By George Morse
The Espanola Valley High School girls basketball team finished the game with a 9-0 run and pulled away to a 55-38 victory over Miyamura High School Dec. 20 at Espanola. Miyamura had drawn to within eight points of the Sundevils 46-38 with three minutes left in the game.
Point guard Anita DeAguero started the run with a sweet assist to Kiana Duran on a give-and-go that Duran finished off with a layup. DeAguero then scored on a breakaway layup after a Patriot turnover. DeAguero then drove a dagger into Miyamura’s heart with a three-pointer that made the score 53-38 with time running out on the Patriots. Destiny Valdez finished off the run with a pair of free throws for the final two points of Espanola’s 55-38 victory.
The Sundevils were on target from beyond the three-point arc. Espanola sank 12 three-pointers, including five in the first quarter where the Sundevils took a 15-11 lead. Espanola led 29-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Sundevils sank three more three-pointers. The Sundevils led 39-29 with 25 seconds left in the third quarter when Jasmine Baca nailed a three-pointerand drew a foul. Baca, who had suffered a shot to the mouth that had loosened a tooth and drawn blood earlier in the game, sank the free throw for a four-point play that gave Espanola a 43-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Espanola improved to 5-4 on the season. The Sundevils will be participating in the St. Michael’s Holiday tournament Dec. 27-28 in Santa Fe.