Deion Abalos

Deion Abalos (14) shows how unstoppable she can be under the net against Thatcher.

SAFFORD — At the beginning of the year, word was floating around that Deion Abalos was going to play women’s basketball for EAC, but until it was not made official at the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

In her senior year, Abalos averaged 13.5 points per game over 20 games, with 4.5 assists and 8.2 rebounds. Teams went out of their way to slow her down, knowing she could deliver at the slightest opportunity.

She was a four-year varsity basketball player, raking up 91 games played. Over the course of her high school career, she averaged 13.2 points per game, 5.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals. She scored a total of 1,199 points, shooting 46 percent, hitting 420 out of 1,020 shots.

She also hit 121 3-pointers and went 65 percent from the free throw line, hitting 184 out of 283.

She finished with a total of 488 rebounds — 101 on offense and 387 on defense — 149 steals and 17 blocks.

Father Robert Abalos said, “I’m very proud of her. She had some other offers out on the table, but she felt EAC was the best fit for her. I think coach Cameron will develop her into a four-year girl. He’s done a really good job coming in and put together a really good team this past year. He’s just going to build off that. Having someone like Deion is going to help him as well.

“She’s had one of the best female basketball athlete careers coming through Safford, and even played an Arizona-New Mexico game and was able to win a 3-point contest. Her junior year, she was 3A state player of the year, not just region. She had a really good career and has a lot to be proud of. Coach Cameron will take her talents locally. She’ll be in good hands.”

Eastern Arizona College women’s basketball head coach Cameron Turner said, “I love having local kids on the team. Deion has a chance to contribute right away. She fits our culture of taking her education serious and has passion for the game.”

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