Many people never get the chance to know what their peers think of them. Gilbert Mascareñas has been coaching the Peñasco girls basketball team for three …
Many people never get the chance to know what their peers think of them. Gilbert Mascareñas has been coaching the Peñasco girls basketball team for three years, and his fellow coaches took notice.
Mascareñas transformed a team that had a 9-16 record in the 2015-2016 season before he came on board into a team that made the state tournament every year since he arrived, including the finals twice. His first season, the team won 18 games and finished with an 18-10 record. The second season, they went 25-5. Though that record is hard to improve upon, together they did. Under Mascareñas' leadership, the 2018-2019 Lady Panther basketball team went 26-4.
Duly impressed, the other coaches from around the state selected Mascareñas to represent the NorthEast in the North South All-Stars tournament May 31-June 1 in Albuquerque.
The teams and coaches will arrive on Thursday (May 30) for meetings and practice before their first of two games Friday (May 31), at 2 p.m. at Manzano High School against the team from the SouthEast. The girls of the NorthEast will then play at either 4 or 6 p.m. on Saturday (June 1), at Valley High School, depending on whether they win or lose their first game.
On coaching a group of All-Star girls, coach Mascareñas said, "These girls are the best of the best. They all can play. The main thing is: let's have fun."
Two Peñasco Lady Panther seniors, Bianca Contreras and Alaska Lopez, were selected to play for the 11-player NorthEast team.
The girls will be "representing their schools, their families and their communities," he said. While the girls bond together, Mascareñas will encourage them to "go put on a show."
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