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Armijo girls roll by Fairfield, 48-30

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Armijo vs. Fairfield girls basketball

Armijo's Melaya Gaines goes up for two points during the Indians game against Fairfield on Tuesday at Armijo High School. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — It wasn’t up to regular standards for the Armijo High girls basketball team, but a win is a win.

Justice Robinson-Kroon scored 13 of her game High 18 points in the third quarter as the Indians picked up a 48-30 nonleague win over visiting Fairfield Tuesday night at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium.

The game was pretty much over in the first period when Armijo (11-6) grabbed an early 12-3 advantage after the first eight minutes, thanks in part to five points from Marshanique Hall. Robinson-Kroon and S’ade Ware also had hoops in the period, while Melaya Gaines and Laura Lawson each sank free throws.

Things went pretty much the same in the second quarter as the Indians outscored the Falcons 12-6, with Gaines, Kianna Simms, Jada Williams and Ware putting the ball through the hoop. Ra’Shanae Johnson and Denise Johnson had field goals for Fairfield, while Casara Vaugh and Denise Johnson each made a foul shot for the Falcons (2-12).

Armijo then exploded in the third quarter, outpointing Fairfield 22-5 behind the play of Robinson-Kroon, who at one point scored 10 straight points for the Indians. Armijo led at one point 42-12 in the period.

Fairfield came alive in final period, though the game was out of reach.

Ra’Shanae Johnson netted seven of her team high nine points over the final eight minutes as the Falcons outscored the Indians 16-2.

“They are improving a little, but it’s hard because we only have seven players,” Fairfield coach Mike Gilliard said. “A lot of times we get winded and we have a point guard that’s just a freshman and our other guard is another freshman. So they are learning the game. I think . . . they are probably going to pick up on the things we are trying to do. All in all, we’ll see what happens.”

Armijo also dominated the boards, outrebounding Fairfield 37-29, but coach Christian Stoll knows there is still room for improvement in that category.

“We’ve got some big girls, but I didn’t think we boxed out as well as we should of tonight,” the coach said. “We’ll keep getting better.”

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Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
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