GLENDIVE – With summer coming to an end, Dawson Community College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. was still on the prowl looking for talent for the upcoming college basketball season. So during the live recruiting periods in July, Coach Lagmay was able to evaluate a hidden gem revealed to him by an AAU coach and trainer in Southern California.
Sarah Miranda of Van Nuys, CA has signed a NJCAA national letter of intent to represent the Lady Buccaneers of DCC. The 5’11 forward played for Granada Hills Charter High School and most recently for the El Salvadorian 17 and under national team.
Sarah will be attending Dawson with a highly decorated high school career. In her first only junior varsity year in 2015, she was voted Team Defensive Player of the Year and was voted Los Angeles CIF West Valley League 2nd Team as a freshman. In 2016 starting her varsity year, she once again was voted LA CIF West Valley League 2nd Team. During the 2017-2018 seasons, she won 3 tournament MVP’s including the 2017 Nike Tournament of Champions, selected two time 1st Team CIF LA City Section, All-CIF City Section, All-City Open Division, three time LA City All-Star selection, and SoCal All-American All-Star selection. She was a 2017 FIBA medalist representing the El Salvador National Team in the 17 and under international tournament held in Puerto Rico. Sarah averaged 9 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.5 spg her senior year.
Granada Hills Charter High School Girl’s Head Basketball Coach Jared Honig commented, “Sarah is an outstanding basketball player and an even better person. She has great leadership qualities and is always very reflective. On the court, Sarah is very versatile offensively and can guard multiple positions on the defensive end. She is tough and will do whatever the team needs to be successful. Overall, Dawson CC is getting a special individual in Sarah and I’m looking forward to following her journey during college and beyond.” AAU Ready 2 Hoop Program Director Corey Wesson said, “This is a great opportunity for Sarah and it is the beginning of an iconic start for her. I’m very proud of all that she has accomplished, and I look forward to all of her continued success!”
Coach Lagmay on his last minute signing, “It was truly a luck of the draw in signing Sarah this late in the summer, but having connections in my hometown was significant. An established relationship in the past with Coach Wesson was pivotal in the signing agreement. He runs a great program competing in elite travel basketball tournaments. Sarah is a work horse and goes after it. She can defend well inside and out, and has a skill set that shows her scoring effectiveness from all areas of the court. She still developing an attack off the dribble and consistency from beyond the arc, but the upside potential is strong. After introducing me to Sarah and her parents, a meeting was held informing them of my interests and her hoping to sign with a Dawson program that has been really successful the last two seasons on the court and nationally academically. A commitment was made and we are excited for another season of hoops.”
Sarah was super excited about her commitment in relocating to Montana, “I’ve signed to Dawson Community College because I felt that they had the resources and experience to take me to the next level; not only in terms of basketball, but in terms of helping me become a responsible and independent young woman. I’m excited to meet new people and experience new things. But most excited to see what it takes to be a Buccaneer!”