Mabton girls get weekend split

The Mabton Lady Vikings cruised to a 55-27 victory this past Friday night over Trout Lake-Glenwood before falling to LaSalle 52-28 Saturday night.

Against Trout Lake, the Vikings missed 20 lay-ups, Coach Mike Roettger said, but his team still managed to play well enough to get the league victory.

Mabton's Ana Jimenez led the way for the Vikings, dropping in 18 points. She also swiped five steals.

Alida Mendoza also had double-digits in the scoring column with 12 points. Mendoza also grabbed six boards and dished out five assists.

Roettger said his team needs to do a better job of not looking ahead because they knew they had a big game the next night against LaSalle.

"We need to do a better job of taking care of the present," Roettger said.

When the match-up with LaSalle finally came this past Saturday night, his team didn't play a full game, Roettger said.

The Vikings played well for about 20 minutes, he said, before a 24-point LaSalle third quarter shut the door on the Lady Vikings.

Mabton was trailing by just a single point before the intermission and Roettger said his team could even have had the lead.

"We missed a couple opportunities to put us up by about eight," he said.

The third quarter was something Roettger attributed to mistakes by his players and poor thinking in terms of play.

"We just kind of had a mental lapse," he said.

Against LaSalle, the Vikings shot just 9-for-39 from the field. Roettger said that kind of poor shooting isn't going to get it done against a team like LaSalle.

Mabton also committed several turnovers which LaSalle converted into points.

The Vikings also made just 38 percent of their free throws over the weekend, Roettger said.

Though his team didn't focus at times and played well for just 20 minutes of the game, Roettger said he's not disappointed with his team's performance.

"Our kids have nothing to be ashamed about," he said.

This week, Roettger said he's going to make sure his team doesn't look forward to its game with Sunnyside Christian.

The Vikings (3-1, 8-2) travel to Riverside Christian this Friday before hosting the archrival Knights Saturday night.

"We can't worry about our rivalry," Roettger said.


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