ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Peshlakai sisters didn't play for Santa Fe Indian School,but the Lady Braves basketball team Thursday found a way to honorthe memory of the young women hit and killed by a suspected drunkendriver after a game last week.
Last Friday Deshauna and Del Lynn Peshlakai and their parentswere returning home to Naschitti from a state basketballchampionship game in Santa Fe when their car was struck frombehind. The girls were in the back seat and died from theirinjuries while their parents, riding in the front seat, werehospitalized.
The driver of the truck was charged with vehicular homicide, andpolice have said a blood test showed him to be intoxicated at thetime of the crash.
On Thursday the girls' spirits lived on in the game theyloved.
"You can't even put it into words," Lady Braves coach CindyRoybal said. "It's so devastating."
The SFIX girl's basketball team found another way to expresstheir sorrow and honor the Peshlakai sisters.
Although the Peshlakai sisters played for Newcomb High Schoolthe Lady Braves dedicated their Thursday game in the statetournament game to the memory of the sisters.
"It could've very easily been one of mine," Roybal said.
The Lady Braves walked onto court at the Pit in Albuquerquewearing T-shirts their coach designed featuring Deshauna and DelLynn's pictures.
"To me personally, it's just a small token that I can do to helpthe family get through this," Roybal said. "Like I said, it touchesall of us."
The game had fans cheering, but it was also a reminder of theyoung lives lost.
Aunna Bradley/fan attending game
"You know, they were down, they were just going to refuse tolose that game," spectator Aunna Bradley said. "I think that'stremendous."
Though roughly 200 miles apart, the Santa Fe and Newcomb schoolswere brought together by tragedy.
One of the Peshlakai brothers cheered on the Santa Fe girls in arecent game and told Roybal his sisters would be honored by thetribute.
He said they'd also want the team to win.
"On one of those time outs we just said you know, we're playingfor the Peshlakai sisters we're doing it for them, they're watchingover us," Jenine Coríz of the Lady Braves said.
The Lady Braves won Thursday's game against Lovington 62-59.
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