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Mabton falls to league-leading LaSalle

MABTON - After playing flat of late, Mabton played up to its opponent's level Tuesday night, Coach Mike Roettger said.

Despite a 43-33 loss to LaSalle, Roettger said he was pleased with his team's performance.

"We've got to keep that level high," said Roettger, referring to his team's intensity level and his team's ability to come out and play against tough schools.

Mabton shot just 7-of-24 from the free throw line, which Roettger said cost his team the victory.

"That's the game right there," he said.

Despite poor free throw shooting the game was closer than the score indicated.

The two teams were even after the first period with a pair of 14s on the scoreboard. A 17-7 LaSalle second period sent the Vikings into the locker room down 10.

A 6-0 run to begin the third period cut the lead to 4, but that was as close as the Vikings would get as a 10-5 LaSalle fourth put the game out of reach.

For the Vikings, Trishi Williams lead the team in scoring, dropping in 10 points.

Alida Mendoza also chipped in with 7 points of her own. She also grabbed a team-high 12 boards.

Ana Jimenez added another 7 points and had a team-high five steals.

But Roettger didn't have any complaints about his team's performance.

"I was pleased with our effort," he said.

The loss keeps Mabton in the third and final District playoff spot with four games to play.

The Vikings will likely need to win three of their last four games to secure a playoff spot. Roettger said that's very likely with teams like Bickleton, Riverside Christian and Yakama Tribal left on the schedule before the league finale at Sunnyside Christian on Feb. 7.

The Vikings (5-3, 11-4) travel to play Yakama Tribal this Friday night. The game has a scheduled start time of 6 p.m.

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