Miami boys and girls wrap up 2018-19 campaign

Shelby Blanco shoots a freethrow. Photo by Mary Yazzie.

Senior night was held at Miami High School on Jan. 29, where the Vandals hosted the Santa Rita Eagles for their last home conference game.

Matheu Escobedo and Langdon Koyayesva were honored and introduced before the game, along with their parents.

“It was a pleasure and honor to have had them both as a major member of this team,” Miami Coach Ken Vargas said.

The Vandals played a great game that night, with Jayden Goss leading the scoring with 14 points and Langdon Koyayesva with 10. Matt Riddle pulled down 12 rebounds.

Jayden Goss and Matheu Escobedo were tied with six assists each.

On Friday the Vandals traveled to San Manuel to take on the Miners in a conference game that would determine ranking and positioning for the State Tournament.

The Vandals fell in an exciting game that went down to the wire with a final score of 68-63.

Poor free-throw shooting and foul trouble were major contributors to the loss.

The Vandals were led by Jayden Goss with 22 points and Matt Riddle and Mike Troglia pulling down eight rebounds each.

The Vandals have qualified for the State Tournament but have to wait to see when they will play and with whom, as the rest of the 2A conference finishes the regular season.

Lady Vandals win a thriller

On Friday evening, the Miami girls basketball team finished its season with a thrilling 43-39 victory at San Manuel.

The Lady Vandals found themselves down 39-32 with 1:58 left but scored the final 11 points of the game to ruin San Manuel’s senior night.

Shelby Blanco and Jalen Pike each hit three-pointers to close the gap to 39-38, while Jasenia Quezada drained another triple to put Miami up 41-39 with 34 seconds left.

Pike added a breakaway layup with seven seconds left to seal the win.

The victory means Miami finished with a 6-12 record this season, including 6-8 in 2A South Region action.

“I was very proud of the girls for playing with intensity and energy all the way until the final whistle,” Coach Marc Marin said. “It was a nice way to finish our season, and hopefully it will give us some momentum heading into next year.”

Quezada scored a game-high 18 points and added four rebounds, two steals and two assists. She finished the season strong, averaging 12.7 points over the final nine games.

Jessica Garcia contributed a season-high 12 points and was a force on the defensive end, with seven steals and 11 deflections.

On Jan. 26, Miami defeated Santa Rita 38-30.

Quezada had 18 points in that game and also registered five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Pike and Garcia each scored six points. Mackenzie Anthony compiled four points and nine rebounds.

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