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Mabton gets needed league win

TOPPENISH - The Mabton girls basketball team continued to play down to the level of its competition to begin its Greater Columbia B League game against the Yakama Tribal Eagles this past Friday night, but this time Coach Mike Roettger didn't let the girls play through it.

Roettger pulled his starters just two minutes into the game, he said, because he wasn't going to let them play flat again.

It worked.

"I figured it would be worth a try," Roettger said.

Roettger's starters went on a 22-0 run to start the third quarter to run away with a 76-35 victory.

"I think we finally realized we need to take care of business," Roettger said.

Mabton had four players in double-figures in the scoring column. Ana Jimenez and Alida Mendoza had 15 points apiece in the victory. Mendoza came up just one steal short of a double-double, totaling nine steals on the night.

Debbie Enriquez and Erica Sanchez each scored 10 points, a career-high for Enriquez.

The Lady Vikings' win puts them firmly in third place in league, with just three games left on their regular season schedule.

In order to clinch a playoff berth and not have to play a one-game playoff, Roettger said his team needs to take care of business.

The Vikings must win two of their remaining three games to play in the district tournament.

This weekend will prove to be a tough test for Mabton as they play host to Bickleton on Friday night before hosting the Crusaders of Riverside Christian on Saturday night.

Roettger said his team needs to focus in order to earn the District playoff berth they so badly want, but his team isn't looking past anybody.

"We're not going to look ahead," Roettger said. "We're going to take one game at a time."

The Lady Vikings (6-3, 12-4) host Bickleton at 6 p.m. this Friday night before hosting Riverside Christian at 5 p.m. on Saturday night.

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