MABTON - Despite four girls out of the line-up because of a lack of practice time, the Mabton High School girls basketball team fared well at its own season opening jamboree last night.
Playing abbreviated mini-games, the Lady Vikings fell to Granger 19-13 but rebounded for a 21-15 victory over Liberty Christian.
"We're young and inexperienced. I wasn't expecting a lot," said Mabton Coach Mike Roettger. "But we looked a lot better than I thought we would."
In its win over Liberty Christian, Mabton had to find a way around a pair of six-footers. The Lady Vikes turned to sophomore Ana Jimenez, who dropped in several shots off the fastbreak enroute to scoring a game high 15 points.
Liberty Christian, said Roettger, basically ran a match-up zone defense against his club. "We did a good job of running our break against them," he said.
In addition to Jimenez's 15 points, Mabton got two points apiece from Theresa Flores, Monica Tellez and Cassandra Martinez.
In the 19-13 loss to Granger, Flores was the top Mabton scorer with 7 points. Jimenez, Talisa Sotelo and Kayla Campbell added two-point scoring efforts for the Lady Vikings. Granger's top scorer was Courtney Reddout, who tossed in 8 points.
Mabton went up on the Lady Spartans by six points at the beginning of the contest, but a bit too many nerves and too much standing around, according to Roettger, were the Lady Vikes' undoing.
Mabton was originally scheduled to play its first regulation game of the season this coming Friday at Royal City, but that game has been switched to next Tuesday, Dec. 5. Instead, the Lady Vikes will officially open the season next Monday at home against a touring Australian team.