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Mabton breaks the ice with first league win

NACHES - "We had a fast start and didn't look back," Mabton girls basketball Coach Chris McCallum said of last night's 59-47 rout of Naches. It was the Lady Vikes' first win in SCAC play this season.

The visiting Lady Vikes took an early 18-6 lead thanks to the shooting skills of Mia Herrera, who connected on two early shots from beyond the three-point arc.

McCallum said Mabton also gave a strong early defensive effort, although it caused them some foul trouble.

That provided Naches the benefit of shooting in the bonus midway through the beginning quarter.

The Lady Vikings eased up some in the second quarter, and the Rangers capitalized on the relief, outscoring Mabton 14-13.

The Lady Vikes led 31-20 at intermission, however and maintained the lead in the third stanza, tallying 12 more points. Naches scored 11 points in that quarter.

In the closing quarter the teams matched each other's shots, each scoring 16 points.

"We have to do a better job of moving our feet, but really, that was the only thing we did wrong all night," McCallum said.

He was pleased with the Lady Vikings for working well as a cohesive unit, "...making the extra passes to get teammates good shots."

Mabton also did well, snatching the ball from the glass more often than the host club. They outrebounded the Rangers by 10 boards (42-32), 29 of which were on the defensive glass.

Lady Vike Desanay Guerrero was the leader on the boards with 12 rebounds.

That effort gave her a double-double as she scored 12 points.

Herrera tallied 11 points overall and had eight boards.

The team's high scorer was Soila Zaragoza with 20 points and six boards.

"(Zaragoza) made good decisions and kept us in a good pace all night," said McCallum.

A standout performance was also provided by Alyssa Nash, who collected seven boards.

Mabton committed 20 personal fouls, giving Naches 17 opportunities from the charity stripe. However, the Rangers only tallied eight points from the line.

Naches' Bailey Andrews was the only Ranger to score in double digits, tallying 16 points. She also grabbed the ball from the glass nine times.

McCallum said, "It was overall a good night (for the Lady Vikings)."

He said the win was vital for Mabton (1-2, 2-5).

The Lady Vikes take a week's break and will on Saturday, Dec. 29, travel to Boardman, Ore. for a non-league game against Riverside High School.

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