MABTON – It was an emotional evening for the Lady Vikings this past Saturday, but Mabton prevailed over Granger 68-48.
“We started fast and ended with a flurry,” said Mabton Coach Chris McCallum.
The Lady Vikings opened the game with a 24-11 lead.
“Our defensive pressure and team effort was the key to the great start,” said McCallum.
He said the team was intent on rising to the top after feeling overworked against LaSalle last Tuesday.
“At practice, that’s all we talked about…effort,” said McCallum.
Granger outscored Mabton 13-12 in the second stanza, but the Lady Vikings maintained the momentum built in the first quarter for a 12-point lead at halftime.
“In the third we got into a little foul trouble and Granger did a great job cutting into our lead,” McCallum said, noting the Spartans outscored the Lady Vikes 18-5 to take the lead, 42-41.
“That’s when our girls took it to another level,” he said.
Mabton returned to the court with new life and held the Spartans to just six points in the final stanza. The Lady Vikings outscored Granger by 21 points during that quarter to end the game with a 68-48 victory.
“We attacked the basket, we outworked them and when we got an open look at a 3-point shot, we knocked it down,” McCallum said of Lady Viking action.
Soila Zaragoza started the late game offensive attack with two points just seconds into the quarter.
“We just outworked them (Granger) to every loose ball and on the boards,” said McCallum.
Mabton’s Desanay Guerrero led the team with a double-double. She scored 23 points, 11 of which were from the charity stripe, and she recorded 24 boards.
Zaragoza tallied 14 points and teammate Cassidy McCallum scored 10.
“I’ve coached (Guerrero) for a long time and I can’t remember a better game that she has played…she was everywhere all night long,” said the coach.
McCallum said he was pleased with how well the Lady Vikes bounced back “…after getting beat up at LaSalle…very impressed with that.”
Mabton will this coming Saturday, Dec. 28, host Riverside.