SEATTLE - Ana Jimenez and Trishi Williams together shoved in 30 points to lead Mabton to a 38-23 halftime lead. From there the Lady Viking basketball team coasted to a 66-42 victory over Cedar Park Christian.
Wednesday's match-up between the two 1A clubs came in the opening round of a holiday hoop tourney in Seattle.
The Mabton girls basketball team is scheduled to play Napavine later this afternoon (Thursday) in the title game of the tournament, being hosted by Seattle Christian High School. The championship tilt will feature two similar-sized teams that prefer scoring on the run as opposed to running set plays from a half-court offense.
"Napavine is small like us," Mabton Coach Mike Roettger said of the 2B Centralia area squad.
"They like to push the ball. Our focus will be on stopping them in full-court," said Roettger, explaining he'll deploy several presses throughout the game to slow down the Lady Vikings' opponents.
"We're going to try to run with them," he said, noting he's looking for his girls to score at an even better clip in transition than the 18 fastbreak points they totaled yesterday.
In advancing to the championship finals, the Lady Vikings made short work of the Cedar Park Christian Eagles on Wednesday. That was due in part to the hot shooting of Jimenez and Williams. The duo combined to go 19-of-30 from the field while racking up 43 of Mabton's 66 points.
A statistic that impressed Roettger even more was the 29 assists his Lady Vikes tallied in the game, which included a team best 10 dishes by Kayla Campbell.
"When your team has 29 assists, that tells me we were moving the ball very well," said Roettger.
Another telling stat from yesterday's game was the Lady Vikings' 54 to 25 advantage on the boards. The 5'8" Monica Tellez grabbed a game high 13 rebounds for Mabton.
After opening a 15-point halftime lead on the Eagles, Mabton all but put the game away with a 14-8 run in the third quarter. The Lady Vikes sealed the deal by outscoring Cedar Park Christian 14-11 in the final period.
In addition to Jimenez's game high 24 points and the 19 scored by Williams, Mabton got a combined 11 points from Campbell and Theresa Flores, and a pair of four-point efforts from Crysta Reynolds and Tellez.
Cedar Park Christian was led by Heather Loop and Erin Kepler with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Loop, despite being the scoring leader for her team, was held to 4-of-12 shooting from the floor. Nine of Kepler's 11 points came from behind the 3-point arc.
Mabton 19 19 14 14 -66
Cedar Park 10 13 8 11 -42
2-PT FG-Mabton 27/58 (Jimenez 8/12, Williams 9/15), Cedar Park Christian 14/34. 3-PT FG-Mabton 3/4 (Jimenez 2/3, Flores 1/1), Cedar Park Christian 3/8 (Kepler 3). FT-Mabton 3/7, Cedar Park Christian 7/15. RBD-Mabton 54 (Tellez 13), Cedar Park Christian 25 (Lammers 6). TO-Mabton 14, Cedar Park Christian 26.
Mabton: Reynolds 4, D. Enriquez 2, Campbell 6, Flores 5, V. Gutierrez 0, Tellez 4, Jimenez 24, B. Enriquez 0, M. Gutierrez 0, Williams 19, Rocha 0, Martinez 2.
Cedar Park Christian: Loop 15, Johnson 3, Raschick 6, Kepler 11, Maddox 1, Therm 2, Lundberg 0, Lammers 4.