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Basketball: Rio Ladies Push Through Sophomore Night

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Rio Hondo sophomores Emily Mercedes, Destinee Garr and Maggie Lamas smile for friends, teammates and family before Friday night's matchup against Pasadena City.

Rio Hondo sophomores Emily Mercedes, Destinee Garr and Maggie Lamas smile for friends, teammates and family before Friday night's matchup against Pasadena City.

Ramon Alvarado/El Paisano News

Ramon Alvarado/El Paisano News

Rio Hondo sophomores Emily Mercedes, Destinee Garr and Maggie Lamas smile for friends, teammates and family before Friday night's matchup against Pasadena City.

Ramon Alvarado, Editor-in-Chief

The Lady Roadrunners fell to the Pasadena City College Lancers Friday, Feb. 16 at Rio Hondo. Pasadena City spoiled Sophomore Night at The Hondo as they defeated the Rio Ladies, 76-50.

Rio fell behind quickly Friday night. They trailed PCC by 15 after the first quarter and 21 at the half.

The Rio Ladies didn’t seem too rattled by the lop-sided score, though. Instead, the Lady Roadrunners kept their heads high as they fought until the game’s final buzzer.

Sophomores Destinee Garr, Emily Mercedes and Maggie Lamas all played their final game in Rio’s white-black-and-gold uniforms.

Garr had herself a solid all-around performance. She finished with four points, nine assists, six rebounds and five blocks.

Lamas and Mercedes led the team in points, both with 14-a-piece. Lamas also had five rebounds and two steals, while Mercedes had seven rebounds, four assists and five steals to go with her 14 points.

The three sophomores, Garr, Lamas and Mercedes all spoke to El Paisano after their last game at Rio Hondo about their favorite memory with the team and what they’ll be moving onto post-Rio. They all had similar things to say.

“As far as what school I’m going to, I’m still undecided… I’m trying to figure it out,” the Rio forward, Garr said. “Favorite memory…” Garr continued, as she glanced at Lamas and Mercedes who stood by her side, “Just playing with these guys. We go through our ups-and-downs, we get on each other’s nerves, but it’s all love. I love these guys.”

Mercedes and Lamas are also undecided on what school they will be going to next, though both say they want to continue playing basketball wherever they end up.

Lamas, who spoke to El Paisano last, drew some emotion out of her fellow sophomore Lady Roadrunners.

“My favorite memory was just being with my teammates, especially [Garr and Mercedes],” Lamas said. The three Rio Ladies smiled at one another then laughed. Garr, Lamas and Mercedes came together for a group hug in their final moments as Lady Roadrunners.

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