MATTAWA - It wasn't much of a challenge, nonetheless, the Mabton High School girls basketball team claimed its eighth consecutive victory last night.
Playing the Class 'A' Wahluke Warriors, the Lady Vikings rolled to an easy 50-20 non-league win. It is the second time this season Class 'B' Mabton has defeated the Warriors.
"Wahluke is pretty young," said first year Mabton Coach Mike Roettger. "I believe they start two freshmen.
"They're very inexperienced. But I'll say this for them, they work very hard. I've never seen a team work so hard for 20 points," he added.
Mabton (2-0, 8-1) vaulted to a 15-4 first quarter lead. The Lady Vikes pretty much nailed down the lid on the coffin by outscoring Wahluke 18-0 in the second period. Substituting freely in the second half and switching up offensive and defensive sets to see how his younger players would react to schemes they were unaccustomed, Roettger's crew still managed to outscore the Warriors by a 17-16 margin after intermission.
One of the highlights for the Mabton girls in Tuesday evening's game was containing Wahluke's high flying point guard, Ortiz. In the first meeting of the season Ortiz popped in 12 points against the Lady Vikings. Last night, Mabton limited her to just 4 points. Wahluke's top scorer last night ended up being Michelle Jensen, who canned 8 points.
Mabton had two players reach double digits in the scoring column. Patty Mendoza fired in 12 points and Michelle Tellez scored 11. The Lady Vikes also received a 9-point effort from Diana Lopez.
Besides being the high scorer for Mabton, Mendoza also led the Lady Vikes on the glass. She scraped down nine boards to lead Mabton to a 36 to 28 rebounding advantage over the Warriors.
The Mabton girls are out of action until Saturday, Jan. 8, when they host the LaSalle Lightning in a 6 p.m. match-up.
Mabton 15 18 8 9 -50
Wahluke 4 0 8 8 -20
Mabton-A. Mendoza 4, P. Mendoza 12, Chase 0, Sotello 0, Lopez 9, Sanchez 4, M. Tellez 11, Montelongo 4, Palomarez 2, B. Tellez 2.
Wahluke-Michelle Jensen 8.