By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The freshmen Lady Mules finished the 2018 basketball season with a 34-23 win over the Friona Maidens.
Destiny Florez finished a fast break to tie the game early in the first period. Two minutes later Florez again scored on a break. Jordan Zapata pushed the ball ahead to Heather Chavez to finish a fast break. Zapata saw Kaitlyn Kelley open on the blocks and passed her the ball for a short jump shot that tied the game at 8-8.
Zapata sank an eight-foot jumper. Grace Leal passed to Carina Sainez open on the blocks for an easy basket. Zapata made the final two hoops of the quarter. One was a layup and the other a 16-foot jump shot. The Lady Mules led 16-12 after one quarter.
Sainez scored from the left elbow for the Lady Mules’ only points of the second period. Friona did not score and trailed the Lady Mules 18-12 at the intermission.
Leal scored from the right elbow to open the second half. Florez sank a 17-foot jumper to end the Lady Mule scoring in the third period. The Lady Mules led 22-16 with one quarter left to play.
Daniella Moran drove the baseline for a hoop. Zapata tossed to Kelley open on the blocks for a basket. Leal finished a fast break. Leal made a cross lane pass to Florez following on a fast break. Sainez scored from the blocks to end all scoring.
Florez led the Lady Mules with 10 points. Zapata and Sainez added six points each. Kelley and Leal dropped in four points each. Chavez and Moran chipped in two points each.