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Lady Vikings score two conference wins

This past Friday and Saturday the Mabton Lady Vikings were able to secure two more victories, 34-27 over Highland and 48-33 over Cle Elum.

"Friday was ugly," commented Mabton Coach Chris McCallum of the home game against Highland.

He said his team looked good in the first half, holding the 15-6 lead with a few struggles.

The second half, the Lady Vikings faltered, and "played down to the level of our opponent," according to the coach.

He said his team helped the Scotties close the scoring gap with turnovers and a lack of scoring.

Highland outscored the Lady Vikes 11-7 in the third quarter and Mabton committed a total of 21 turnovers, many of them in the final half of the game.

"We have to come out with a killer instinct and put the game out of reach," said McCallum, stating his team didn't do that.

Lady Viking Crysta Reynolds, in spite of getting into foul trouble, was able to score 10 points in the game.

Leading the team in scoring was Veronica Vasquez with 13 points, and Melissa Gutierrez scored another nine points.

"Highland was physical and we just played to them," McCallum recalled.

Saturday at Cle Elum was much the same, he said, stating his team took a 22-7 lead at the half.

"We shot better with excellent defense in the first half, but we allowed the Warriors to catch up a little in the third quarter," said the coach.

Cle Elum outshot the Lady Vikings 14-13 in the third quarter, and McCallum said, "We kind of lost our fire going into the second half."

Doing well for his team was Jazzee Sustaita, garnering 15 points against the Warriors.

The Lady Vikings were able to out-rebound Cle Elum 40 to 32 and committed 17 turnovers.

Scoring another 13 points for Mabton was Veronica Vasquez. Crysta Reynolds scored eight points and snatched eight balls from the glass. Teammate Melissa Gutierrez scored seven points, and another three points were tallied by Monica Tellez.

McCallum was pleased with the weekend performances from the free throw line, as he saw some improvement in an area where he has felt the team was lacking.

"We were 26-for-40 on the weekend, showing some improvement," he commented.

The Lady Vikings (3-2, 7-6) will hit the hardwood again this coming Friday when they host Naches. Saturday, Mabton travels to Goldendale.

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