Needles’ girls beat Parker by 10
NEEDLES — Lady ’Stangs varsity basketball successfully avenged an early-season non-conference loss on the road to Parker’s Lady Broncos Friday night, with a 10-point win in The Corral. To add insult to injury, Coach Manny Calderon cycled his bench through the play in the second half of the 49-39 game.
Valentina Limon ripped the Broncs’ for 21 points; 15 of them in the first half. Her 4-for-6 performance from the free throw line was the worst of Needles’ girls: Marie Mills and Paige Murch shot 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Mills totaled 14 in the game, Murch 12.
Limon put two points on the board at the tipoff for the Lady ’Stangs. Needles scored another two a few seconds later, then stalled. Parker didn’t relent on the scoreboard until they led 9-4. Then the Lady ’Stangs took off: leading 14-9 after one quarter, 27-18 at the half and 51-26 after three quarters. Parker led the final stanza 13-8.
Parker’s T. Robledo, No. 11; and B. Esquera, No. 21, led the Lady Broncs’ scoring with 10 each; A. Briones, No. 5, scored nine.
The Lady ’Stangs are set to travel next week: playing Mountain View on Tuesday, Lincoln County on Friday, then Adelson the following Tuesday. All are NIAA 2A South League games. They host Calvary Chapel in the regular season’s final game on Thursday, Feb. 7.