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Lady Vikings still in playoff hunt

MABTON - The Mabton girls basketball team's District hopes stay alive after winning last night, 47-40, over Cle Elum.

Everything will be on the line tomorrow (Thursday) as the Lady Vikings travel to Naches to compete in a loser-out, winner to District game.

Last night, Mabton Coach Chris McCallum said, "We pulled it out...we didn't play real well, though."

His team had 18 turnovers. "And, we shot very, very poorly from the field," shared the coach.

Mabton was 19-for-48 from the field and 0-for-8 from outside the 3-point arc.

The free throw line statistics weren't much better, as the Lady Vikes shot 9-for-22.

"It was one of those nights we just didn't have it," lamented McCallum, stating his team lacked intensity.

Mabton opened the game, leading 10-5. They held onto the lead going into the half 23-15.

The Lady Vikings continued to hold on to the lead, outscoring Cle Elum 14-6 in the third quarter, but lost the energy in the final quarter, allowing the Warriors to score 19 points to their 10.

"Our season will be over if we play like this again," said McCallum.

He said Lady Vike Veronica Vasquez kept the team ahead in the final quarter, playing the best game of her season. She scored 19 points, leading the Mabton girls.

"Four of her eight rebounds were offensive, too," McCallum shared.

Teammate Crysta Reynolds grabbed nine balls from the glass and scored 15 points.

Monica Tellez and Jazzee Sustaita scored five and four points, respectively.

"We just need more intensity...we need to stop going through the motions, sometimes looking a little lost," said McCallum.

Mabton will travel tomorrow to Naches in hopes of earning a berth to Districts, which begin this coming Saturday.

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