MABTON - With only seven players suited up for action, the Mabton girls basketball team lost two contests over the weekend.
Among the players missing in action for Mabton due to injury last weekend was league-leading scorer Ana Jimenez, who averages 22 points per contest.
Last Friday the Lady Vikes were defeated 57-32 at undefeated (in SCAC West play) and league-leading Naches Valley.
The host Rangers put their stamp on the game right away with a 15-7 first-quarter run on the way to a 32-12 halftime lead. Naches then eliminated all doubt in the third stanza with a 29-1 run.
"They have two of the best athletes in our league," Mabton Coach Mike Roettger said of Naches, a 2A school last year while Mabton was a B school.
The Lady Vikes finally turned the tables in the fourth quarter with a 19-2 run, but it was too little, too late.
"We kept battling and Naches subbed in some of their younger kids," said Roettger.
Monica Tellez led Mabton with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Teammates Teresa Flores and Kayla Campbell added eight and six points, respectively.
On Saturday, Mabton played Granger at the SunDome during a Rivalry Saturday event.
The Lady Vikes played Granger close, but fell 44-30.
The Spartans, who served as the home team, led just 10-6 after one quarter, then pulled away with a 19-8 second quarter run to go up 29-14 at the half.
"We did a decent job of attacking the ball," Roettger said. "We're fighting for fifth-place (the SCAC West's final playoff berth) and they're (Granger) already in."
In second half play, Mabton kept things close but could not trim Granger's lead to single digits.
Despite the loss, Roettger said the SunDome experience was good for his team.
"It was a good chance to get on a State tourney floor and see what it's like," he said.
Campbell led Mabton in scoring with 10 points, followed by Flores with eight.
Mabton (4-6, 8-10) plays at Highland tomorrow, Feb. 6.