MABTON - The Lady Vikings came through for Coach Chris McCallum last night, winning 51-22 over the Riverside Christian Crusaders.
"This is the type of performance we have been waiting to see and we had a little break-out last night," the coach commented.
He was pleased with his team's performance, stating there is still an area where Mabton needs to gain its confidence. At the free throw line the Lady Vikings shot just 3-for-11.
"It's all about getting to the line and being confident," stated McCallum.
Otherwise, he felt his team shot well and played good defense. Mabton snatched 26 more balls from the boards than Riverside Christian and held the Crusaders to four points in the first half of the game.
"We were up 26-4 at the half and went into the second half putting in more players and trying different rotations," shared McCallum.
He said his team minimized its fouls and "...played defense with our feet, pulling together all the little things to become the team we want to be."
Melissa Gutierrez was the leading Lady Vike on the scoreboard, garnering 16 points. She had eight steals and six assists in the game, as well.
"Melissa played a very good game," McCallum commented.
He said Crysta Reynolds also showed some improvements after suffering from some health issues. She scored 10 points and grabbed 15 balls from the glass.
"Crysta stayed out of foul trouble, too," McCallum said, stating Reynolds is the tallest player on the Lady Vikings team and he was encouraged with how well his team fared against the taller Crusaders.
Another Lady Viking showing a good performance on the court last night was Terri Flores.
McCallum played Flores from the bench and she was able to score eight points.
"She was strong defensively," he shared.
Another strong defensive player was Jazzee Sustaita of Mabton. She held Kendra Staymates of Riverside Christian to two points, when the Crusader post averages 14 points per game.
Of the win, McCallum said he expected his team to be "somewhat sluggish" after the break, but was pleased the practices put in since the Dec. 29 game against Wahluke seem to have paid off.
"We are going into our league play strong...the real test will be this weekend. We play two very tough opponents Friday and Saturday, but last night was very encouraging," he stated.
The Lady Vikings will host Granger Friday, and Saturday White Swan will visit Mabton.