GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
The Mabton girls basketball team pulled out a couple of convincing victories this past Friday and Saturday against Cle Elum and Goldendale.
The Lady Vikings defeated the host Warriors 54-34 on Friday and the visiting Timberwolves 63-38 on Saturday.
However, Mabton Coach Chris McCallum said the wins didn’t come without their problems.
“All weekend we had trouble putting the ball in the basket,” he said.
“I know we scored 117 points in two games, but we really didn’t shoot that well…shooting 41-for-142 (29 percent).”
He said it was the defense that set the Lady Vikes apart from their opponents.
Mabton forced 56 turnovers in the two games, leading to many shooting opportunities.
“I was pleased with our effort both nights,” said McCallum.
The Lady Vikings had a slow start on Friday at Cle Elum. Both teams remained in single digits in the first stanza with the Warriors taking a 6-5 lead.
Mabton went on a 23-12 run in the second quarter to end the first half ahead 28-18.
McCallum said the Lady Vikings didn’t look back from that point on, outscoring Cle Elum 14-12 and 12-4 in the third and final stanzas, respectively.
The Lady Vikes were 73 percent from the charity stripe, dropping the ball in the basket 19 times on 26 attempts.
Saturday was another story, however. Mabton was only able to nail 47 percent of its free throw shots.
“I would like to see a little more consistency there,” said McCallum.
On Saturday, Mabton had a better start against the Timberwolves, opening the game with a 15-11 lead.
The lead was even greater (29-21) by the end of the second period.
Mabton maintained its momentum, outscoring Goldendale 20-7 and 14-10 in the third and fourth periods, respectively, to knock out the 63-38 victory.
“I really like how our team is playing together right now,” said McCallum.
He noted the Lady Vikings have a different leading scorer in nearly every game.
Against the Warriors it was Soila Zaragoza that led Mabton with 18 points. Irene Pineda also scored in double digits with 12 points.
Cle Elum’s Lindsey Dearmin had a team-high 13 points.
On Saturday, Mabton’s Desanay Guerrero tallied a team-high 21 points, while Zaragoza contributed 13 points to the tally. Pineda and Adriana Zaragoza combined for another 22 points.
Goldendale’s Brooke Graff and Kirstin Twohy led the Timberwolves, combining for 16 points.
Mabton will this coming Friday host LaSalle.