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Mabton girls flat in non-league win

PASCO - In what Mabton Coach Mike Roettger called a flat performance, the Lady Vikings got a non-league victory over Tri-City Prep 49-33 Tuesday night.

Mabton freshman Ana Jimenez led the Vikings in scoring with a game-high 20 points.

She and senior Alida Mendoza were the only two Mabton players in double-digits on the night.

"Alida played really well and Ana played really well," Roettger said.

But aside from those bright spots, his team as a whole didn't look very good.

"We didn't play well at all," Roettger said of the team, saying he might have been to blame for a lack of preparation that caused the game to be closer than it should have been.

Roettger said his players might have understood that they didn't need the victory since the non-league game occurred so late in the season and Mabton is currently in control of their playoff destiny in third place in the Greater Columbia B League's north division.

"We had a good practice on Monday," Roettger said. "But we came out really flat."

He said he didn't think the loss to Sunnyside Christian, which the Vikings suffered this past Saturday, had anything to do with the flat performance.

Roettger said there are several reasons why he doesn't like playing non-league games this late in the season.

The biggest reason came just four minutes into the first quarter as senior Regina Palomarez went down with an ankle injury.

Roettger said she was out the rest of the game and he hadn't spoken with her this morning to see how serious the injury is.

He said his players might have also been looking forward to this Friday when they play a much more important game against league foe Lyle.

"We thought we'd just come in and win," Roettger said.

The win secures a second straight winning season for the Lady Vikings (4-2, 10-3) in Roettger's second year as head coach.

For the Vikings Tuesday night, Trishi Williams barely missed a double-digit scoring performance with a 9-point outing. Anna Montelongo scored four and Erica Sanchez rounded out the scoring for the Vikings with three points.

With six games left on their schedule, Roettger said his team needs to take care of the teams they know they're capable of defeating, beginning with Lyle this Friday night.

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