By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The Lady Mules closed out the 2018 basketball season Tuesday evening against the Roosevelt Lady Eagles. The Lady Mules surprised the hottest team in the district by leading at the end of the first half 22-14.
Roosevelt battled back in the second half to defeat the Lady Mules 47-42.
Yvonne Diaz put back an offensive rebound to get the Lady Mules started in the first period. Brianna Barron drove the lane for a hoop. Anahi Barrera took a feed from Kyndal Miller for a hoop. She added a 12-foot jumper later in the quarter. Miller drove the baseline to end the period with a layup. The Lady Mules led 10-8 after one quarter.
The Lady Mules defense did not allow the Lady Eagles to score a hoop in the second period. Diaz scored in the paint. A. Barrera sank a pair of charity tosses and put back a rebound. She later sank a 15-foot jump shot and chipped in a free throw. Alyssa Wheeler dropped in a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Lady Mules a 22-14 lead at the half.
Payton Brown took over the game for Roosevelt in the third period, and she scored 13 points.
Diaz took a pass from Cassidy Cage for a hoop from the baseline. Wheeler chipped in a pair of free throws. A. Barrera converted a free throw to complete an old-fashion three-point play. The Lady Mules trailed 31-29 after three quarters.
Brown continued her frenzied pace for Roosevelt 11 points in the final period. A. Barrera drove for a hoop to open the final period, and she added a pair of free throws. Keely Dunham made a pair of free throws and scored from blocks. Lilly Barrera chipped in a free throw and took a dish from A. Barrera for a layup. Miller converted a pair from the charity line.
Anahi Barrera led the Lady Mules with 18 points. Diaz finished with six points, and Wheeler scored five points. Miller and Dunham had four points each. L. Barrera made three points, and Barron chipped in two points.