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Mabton advances to District semi-finals

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL

BURBANK – The Mabton girls basketball team is one game closer to a District championship.

The Lady Vikings last night won a nailbiter against Columbia-Burbank, 49-42, in the District tourney opener.

“It was close pretty much the whole time,” said Mabton Coach Chris McCallum.

He said Mabton battled throughout the game, but struggled from the charity stripe while getting into foul trouble.

The team’s leading scorer, Alyssa Nash, fouled out with five minutes left on the clock. She scored 17 of the Lady Vikings’ points in the 28 minutes she was in the game.

“Alyssa had a solid night,” said McCallum.

Mabton took a two-point lead in the opening quarter and maintained the momentum to keep the Coyotes at bay. The Lady Vikings ended the first half of the game ahead, 21-15.

The third stanza, too, went Mabton’s way. The Lady Vikes outscored Columbia-Burbank 10-8.

It was in the final quarter that the Coyotes rallied. Columbia-Burbank battled from behind in an effort to overcome the deficit, but was only able to outscore the Lady Vikings 19-18.

“All five of my starters got into foul trouble,” said McCallum, noting Cassidy McCallum fouled out and Desanay Guerrero had four fouls.

Guerrero, however, remained in the game and earned a double-double with 13 points and 14 boards.

“The Lady Vikings battled through a lot of little things, and Burbank plays well at home,” McCallum said, adding, “It was a great game.”

He said, “Mabton played hard and the team played through adversity.”

McCallum anticipates the District tourney semi-final game against LaSalle tomorrow (Saturday) will also be a hard fought battle.

“LaSalle is hard-nosed…the key will be to minimize the mistakes and turnovers,” he said.

“They are gonna be upset because they lost the last game by four points in Mabton,” said McCallum.

If Mabton wins tomorrow’s District semi-final tilt in Grandview, it will advance to play in the Saturday, Feb. 22, District title game against the winner of the semi-final game between Granger and Zillah. If Mabton loses tomorrow’s game, the Lady Vikings will compete in the consolation semi-finals on Thursday, Feb. 20, against the winner of the Ki-Be/Connell game being played tomorrow.

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