KENNEWICK- The Mabton Lady Vikings' dreams of making it to the 1A State tournament were dashed by Connell last night, as the Eagles handed them a 43-32 defeat.
Mabton Coach Chris McCallum said of the game, "I flat out got outcoached...it's all on me."
He said his team devised a game plan, but "...Connell had an answer for everything."
The Eagles took an early nine-point lead, ending the opening quarter ahead 14-5.
Mabton was able to outscore Connell by one point in the second quarter, but the Lady Vikes were still down 22-14.
"It's just one of those games when I wish we had done a few things differently," said McCallum.
The Lady Vikings clawed their way back to within two points during the third quarter with a 12-0 run. At the end of the quarter, though, Eagle Sarah McGary shot a basket from half court and sank it for three-points.
The Eagles successfully scored six shots from outside the three-point arc.
"After working so hard to get within two points, my girls were deflated...you should have seen their faces," said McCallum, stating the Lady Vikings had expressions of utter disbelief after McGary's shot.
Connell next had an 11-0 run on Mabton and the Lady Vikings' momentum was lost.
"We tried to recover, but we just weren't able to," McCallum shared.
The Eagles were able to snatch 13 balls from the glass more than Mabton. The Lady Vikings, too, committed 21 turnovers and were 8-for-13 from the free throw line.
Crysta Reynolds scored 15 points for the Lady Vikes, teammate Monica Tellez tallied six points and Veronica Vazquez scored four.
"We thought we went in with a good game plan, but things just didn't go our way," the coach commented.
Mabton ends its season with an overall record of 13-10.