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Lobos top Arabians in district basketball opener




Pete Luna|Leader-News
Kendra Garcia dribbles the ball as she looks to pass it to a teammate. Garcia scored 22 points last Friday night to top the scoring for the Uvalde Lobos in their 39-34 district basketball victory over the Devine Arabians. The Lobos will host the Pearsall Mavericks in hoops action on Dec. 30.

The Uvalde Lobos opened their District 29-4A basketball campaign with a win last Friday night.

They led throughout most of the game and held off fourth-quarter by the Devine Arabians to record a 39-34 victory. 

“It was a great team effort,” said head coach Fortino Patiño. “We beat a good team in a close game. I was proud of our overall performance.”

Trailing by a score of 19-16 at the end of the first half, the Arabians began the second half with a 6-2 scoring run to take a 22-21 lead over the Lobos.

Kendra Garcia drained a three-point field goal midway through the third period and later scored off on a lay-up shot off of a baseline drive to put the Lobos up by four points.

Devine had a chance to regain the lead early in the fourth period, but they missed on four consecutive free throws.

Kendra Garcia broke a long scoring drought for the Lobos as she downed a short baseline field goal with 5:20 left in the game.

Garcia later fed a pass to Monica Vera, who scored from close range to up the Uvalde lead to 30-23.

Devine rallied to trim the Uvalde lead to 33-31.

Natalie Valle converted on a three-point play to give Devine a 34-33 lead.

But Valle’s three points were the last three scored by the Arabians, who were shutout during the last 90 seconds of the contest.

Kendra Garcia sank a short-range field goal to put the Lobos ahead, 35-34, with 1:16 remaining.

Following a missed three-point shot by Devine, Gaby Victorino rebounded for the Lobos and Coach Patiño called his final timeout.

Kendra Garcia took the inbounds pass and drove the ball past the half-court line, before being intentionally fouled.

She sank her free throws to up the Uvalde lead to 37-34 and the 

With Uvalde up, 37-34, Lobos had possession of the ball because of the intentional foul.

Gaby Victorino caught the inbounds pass and was immediately fouled.

She sank both of her free throws to clinch the win.

“Devine played us tough all the way. Coach [Jim] Sessions is a good coach. I respect him and his program. His teams always play good, smart basketball,” said Coach Patiño. “This was the first time that one of my teams has beaten Devine, so it is a special victory.

“As well as we played, we missed on a lot of easy shots from the field and missed on a lot of free throws,” said Patiño. “Had we shot the ball better, this game might not have been as close as it was.”

Kendra Garcia finished as the leading individual scorer in the game with 22 points for the Lobos.

Gaby Victorino posted eight points, Desirae Garcia totaled five points and Monica Vera tallied four points.

Jacelyn Ortegon, Justine Luevanos, Viviana Ovalle, Danielle Garcia, and Amilee Pulido played good defense and contributed in other ways, but did not contribute to the scoring column.

Denise Contreras scored 16 points to lead Devine scoring.