School-record eight 3-pointers by Barajas does in Royal Knights

The Lady Vikings split their league games this past weekend, winning one big and losing the second by only seven points.

At Royal City on Friday night, Mabton crushed the Knights 65-20.

"We started a little slow on defense, giving up 10 points in the first quarter," said Coach Chris McCallum, "But picked up our intensity after that, giving up only 10 points the rest of the game."

The standout for the Lady Vikes was Adilene Barajas, who scored 24 points, all on 3-pointers. McCallum believes her eight shots are a school record.

Jazzee Sustaita, Alyssa Nash and Sierra Cerrillo each contributed 10 points to the win.

Mabton played at home on Saturday night, losing 50-43 against Kiona-Benton.

"Again we started a little slow and they started red hot connecting on four of five 3-pointers in the first quarter," said McCallum. "They led 16-6 after the first and we had to play catch-up most of the night. Every time we made a run Kiona-Benton answered."

Sustaita led the Lady Vikings with 17 points and seven boards. Nash bucketed 10 points.

"I was pleased with our effort," said McCallum. "We just can't start that slow against good teams."

Mabton was out-rebounded 26 to 21 and lost the ball 15 times on turnovers.

"Even in the loss I can see our kids doing good things and getting better," said McCallum. "We got down big but we didn't drop our heads and stop playing."

Mabton is now 2-2 in league and 4-7 overall. They next play at Zillah on Tuesday, Jan. 10.


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