BURBANK – An early 12-3 lead this past Friday against Columbia-Burbank helped the Mabton Lady Viking basketball team secure a 51-47 win.
Mabton Coach Chris McCallum said there were a couple of quarters during which the Lady Vikes faltered. He believes it may be due to giving the team too much time off during the winter break.
However, in the end, Mabton was able to dig deep to secure the win.
“We started fast, jumping to an early 12-3 lead, but then in the middle quarters we got winded, made some dumb fouls and just got outworked for 16 minutes,” said McCallum.
In the second and third quarters, the Lady Vikings were held to just eight points in each stanza. The Coyotes tallied 12 points in the second quarter and 17 points in the third period.
Mabton maintained a 20-15 lead at intermission, but Columbia-Burbank whittled away at the score for a 32-28 lead in the third quarter.
“Being tired led us to make mental mistakes and miss a lot of free throws,” said McCallum.
The Lady Vikes were just 8-for-18 from the charity stripe, whereas the Coyotes were 11-for-17.
“This was really my fault…the girls were giving me everything they had. I didn’t keep them sharp over the break,” McCallum said.
But, Mabton is competitive and battled back in the final stanza, outscoring the Coyotes 23-15. With just 5:30 on the clock, the Lady Vikings had an 11-point deficit. “They went to work in the last five minutes…they didn’t give up,” McCallum said.
He said the team stuck together and defended the ball well.
“Oh! And, it doesn’t hurt that we can shoot the ball,” said McCallum.
The Lady Vikings, in the final minutes, went 5-for-8 from treyland. Three of those shots were made by Irene Pineda, who scored 11 points and recorded three steals.
McCallum said all three of her 3-point shots were “..all net.”
Soila Zaragoza of Mabton was the team leader with a double-double. She scored 13 points and tallied 10 boards. She also provided eight assists.
“Zaragoza had an all-around great game,” said McCallum.
The defense had difficulty keeping Columbia-Burbank’s Rachel Roberts and Julie Mosqueda away from the basket. They combined for 30 points for the Coyotes.
Mabton returns to the hardwood in Zillah this coming Friday and will host Naches on Saturday.