MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings, snapping a three-game losing streak, this past weekend secured a couple of wins to improve their SCAC standing to 7-5.
Friday's game against Naches was a big one for both teams, according to Mabton Coach Chris McCallum.
It was Mabton that prevailed by a tightly contested 50-49 score, securing a spot for the Lady Vikes in the District tournament.
"Both teams played hard and we made a good run in the second quarter...we were up by as many as 10 points, but they didn't go away," said McCallum.
The teams were tied 12-12 at the end of the first stanza and Mabton pulled ahead in the second quarter, but Naches narrowed the lead to one point by the final whistle of the opening half.
"They (the Rangers) started the third quarter on an 11-6 run, leading us 34-30 halfway through the third," McCallum said.
However, the Lady Vikings rallied, and the teams tallied 13 points apiece in the third stanza.
"We ended the quarter on a 7-2 run," McCallum said, stating Alyssa Nash and Irene Pineda of the Lady Vikings boosted the team with a couple of shots from outside the paint.
"We never trailed again, but Naches had a chance to take the lead with 12 seconds on the clock when we turned over the ball," the coach said, stating the end of the fourth quarter was a nail biter.
The Rangers failed to convert on a lay-up, Mabton secured the ball from the glass and finished the game with a one-point victory.
Nash led the team with 20 points, nine boards and four assists.
Desanay Guerrero tallied 13 boards for the Lady Vikings.
Leading the Rangers were Ivy Smith and Delaney Romero, who combined for 29 points.
Saturday's game against Highland was much more lopsided for Mabton.
The Lady Vikings won by an astounding 48-10 score.
"This was our best defensive effort of the year," said McCallum.
He said Mabton took to the court with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
"Sometimes this year, being so young, we drifted away from game plans, but this night (Saturday) the girls stayed the course and Highland had a hard time even getting a shot off," said McCallum.
The Lady Vikings opened the game with an 18-5 run. Highland wasn't able to score a single point in the second quarter, while Mabton tallied 17 points.
In the third quarter, the Lady Vikings held the Scotties to three points and in the final stanza both teams scored just two points each.
"On our part, it was really balanced scoring wise...we really shared the ball well, finding the open girl and converting," said McCallum.
Nash scored a team-high 11 points, Pineda tallied 9 and Veronica Vazquez scored 7 points. Each of the Lady Vikings scored a minimum of two points.
Nash had a double-double with 10 boards.
For Highland Reina Perez was the leading scorer with 5 points.
"With these two wins this weekend, we locked up a District berth...we are excited about the opportunity," said McCallum.
Mabton will return to the hardwood this coming Friday at Cle Elum.