By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The eighth-grade Lady Mules closed out the basketball season Monday evening by soundly defeating the Friona Maidens 53-10.
Kayla Soto was fouled attempting to finish a fast break and made one free throw to put the Lady Mules in front to stay 35 seconds into the game. Paige Parker finished a fast break with a layup. Natalie Ambriz stole a Maiden pass and drove the floor for a hoop. Genesis Vasquez put back an offensive rebound.
Ambriz was guilty of theft but was rewarded with a layup. She was later fouled and chipped in a free throw. Kylee Villa took a long rebound and drove the floor for a basket. Vasquez made a long pass down the floor to Kyla Sierra running on a fast break for a hoop that beat the buzzer. The Lady Mules led 14-4 after one period.
Ambriz drove to draw the defense and dished to Soto for a short jumper. Villa passed to Ambriz running on a break for a basket. Ambriz made one free throw after being fouled. Vasquez passed to Soto open on the blocks.
Villa drove the floor for a hoop. The Lady Mules led 25-7 at the intermission.
Parker passed to Soto to finish a fast break to start the third period. Ambriz made a steal and passed to Parker to finish a break. Parker drove the lane for a basket. Parker pushed the ball ahead to Vasquez for a fast break bucket.
Ambriz and Parker teamed up on a fast break for an easy hoop. Ambriz made one free throw. Villa saw Ambriz running the floor and sent the ball down the floor for a layup. Ambriz finished the quarter with two more fast break baskets. The Lady Mules had extended their lead to 42-7 after three quarters.
Ambriz drove from the right side and battled her way through a foul for a basket, and she dropped in the free throw for a three-point play. Vasquez made a steal and passed to Parker for an easy hoop. Villa passed to Vasquez to score from the blocks to end the game.
Ambriz set a fast pace for the Lady Mules with 22 points. Parker dropped in 10 points, and Soto finished with nine points. Vasquez scored six points, and Villa had four points. Sierra chipped in two points.