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Kingman’s Quasula to soar high at Northern New Mexico College

Kingman High School senior Sukwana Quasula will continue her basketball career at Northern New Mexico College in Española. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Daily Miner)

Kingman High School senior Sukwana Quasula will continue her basketball career at Northern New Mexico College in Española. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – Sukwana Quasula knew from the start of her final season that she wanted to play basketball at the next level.

The Kingman High School senior proved that desire with her dominance on the court and the hard work paid off Monday evening when she signed her letter of intent for Northern New Mexico College.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Quasula said. “I’m excited, kind of nervous, too.”

However, Quasula won’t be walking into an unknown environment.

She and her mother made the eight-hour trek to Española for a workout with other recruits and that’s when she knew joining the Lady Eagles was the right choice.

“It was going through the process – like training with the coach,” Quasula said of what helped make her decision. “He has some really good drills and I think it will help me throughout my college years.”

And interim head coach Mario Caetano already has good things to say about Quasula before she laces up her sneakers for a game.

“Sukwana is hungry and eager for an opportunity to continue her education and basketball career,” Caetano told nnmceagles.com. “She is a great young lady with a great work ethic. I am really excited that she chose to come to Northern. I expect great things from her over the next four years.”

Lady Bulldogs head coach Kevin Hubbard already knows that firsthand after seeing Quasula’s passion and drive during his first year at the helm.

“I think one of the big standout games early in the season was against Lake Havasu – she put up 22 points on the road,” Hubbard said. “That’s when I really kind of looked at her and said, ‘This is the real deal, we can make this happen.’”

From that point, Hubbard gathered film and sent it to a number of schools.

And once the season was over, Quasula attended a showcase in Phoenix where she attracted interest from schools in the Valley and of course, Northern New Mexico, where she ultimately signed.

“Coach Hubbard helped me out a lot,” Quasula said. “I appreciate it a lot. I’m grateful that he helped me, too. He did a lot and I thank him for that.”

Hubbard is happy to have helped and knows Quasula has the potential to soar to the top at Northern New Mexico.

“One of the hardest things for basketball players at the next level is they don’t see the court and they think it’s all about them,” Hubbard said. “If you go back and look at how Sukwana plays, she actually plays team basketball. She is moving the ball around. She’s only shooting it if she has to, in situations where she’s wide open or the situation dictated that she had to. So I think she’ll do well at the next level.”

But even as she moves on, she won’t forget all the memories she made with the Lady Bulldogs.

“I will definitely miss the team, for sure,” Quasula said. “I’ll miss my two seniors helping me out on the court, too. But it’s time to move on to the next level, learn how to play with new girls.”

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