EAST WENATCHEE – It took half the game for the Central Washington 2B Southern Division champion Lady Vikings to get firing on all cylinders, but once they did the Brewster Bears were no match for the Mabton High School girls basketball team.
Opening District tourney play last night at Eastmont High School, Mabton broke open a tight 28-26 game with a 20-9 third-quarter run. By game’s end, the Lady Vikes were well in charge, winning 60-47.
Mabton, via Wednesday’s victory, advances to the District semi-finals this coming Saturday. The Lady Vikings’ opponent will be the Kittitas Coyotes, who like Mabton won their District opener.
Although his club ended up breezing past Brewster, Mabton Coach Chris McCallum wasn’t all that pleased with what he witnessed from the bench last night.
“It’s not the way I’d like to start the District tournament,” he said.
“Yes, we got the win. But I think the girls can and will play better,” said McCallum.
He noted his team yielded too many offensive rebounds to Brewster, and put the Bears at the free throw line too much.
On the boards, it was Markie Miller who inflicted the most damage against Mabton. She scraped down 15 rebounds in all, four from the offensive glass.
Brewster stepped up to the foul line 27 times total, but thankfully for the Lady Vikes the Bears could only get 11 of the shots to fall.
All in all, said McCallum, “…we just really played with no confidence all night.
“We had a horrible night shooting the ball, we had girls second-guessing shots,” he said.
From the field, Mabton actually made 40 percent of its shots (25-of-62), a decent night for many clubs. But from behind the 3-point arc, Mabton could only get 2-of-16 bombs to fall. The Lady Vikes also struggled from the free throw line, making just 8-of-23 shots.
“We have bad shooting nights, but we never second-guess or think about taking a wide open shot,” said McCallum.
“I just think we had an off night as a unit. I really believe these girls will respond the next game.
“We have a couple days to fix what needs to be fixed. We’ll break down the film and get better.
“I sound like a coach that just lost, but really I’m a coach that has high hopes for this team, and this team has high expectations of themselves,” McCallum added.
By night’s end, three Mabton players finished in double figures in the scoring column. Desanay Guerrero led the way for the winners with 16 points on 7-of-13 field goal shooting.
Also in double digits for Mabton were Alyssa Nash and Irene Pineda with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Miller was Brewster’s top scorer. She knocked down a game-high 25 points to go along with her game-best 15 rebounds.
In taking on Kittitas this coming Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the District semi-finals, back in the Eastmont High School gym, the Lady Vikings will be facing a familiar foe. Mabton defeated the Coyotes twice in league play earlier this season, by scores of 60-46 and 50-32.
The winner of Saturday’s District semi-final tilt earns a Regional berth and the opportunity to play for the District title.
Brewster 7 19 9 12 -47
Mabton 14 14 20 12 -60
2-PT FG – Brewster 18/32 (Markie Miller 8/13, Abby Unas 2/2, Yvette Miller 5/6), Mabton 23/46 (Alyssa Nash 6/10, Desanay Guerrero 7/13, Britnee Guerrero 3/6). 3-PT FG – Brewster 0/3, Mabton 2/16 (Cassidy McCallum 2/5). FT – Brewster 11/27 (Markie Miller 9/21), Mabton 8/23 (Soila Zaragoza 2/4). RBD – Brewster 27 (Markie Miller 15, Yvette Miller 5), Mabton 28 (Desanay Guerrero 6, Soila Zaragoza 5, Alyssa Nash 4, Cassidy McCallum 4, Britnee Guerrero 4). STEALS – Mabton 21 (Irene Pineda 5, Britnee Guerrero 5, Alyssa Nash 5). TO – Brewster 33, Mabton 11.
Brewster – Maret 2, Karina 4, Maddy 2, Unas 4, M. Miller 25, Y. Miller 10
Mabton – Pineda 10, R. McCallum 0, B. Guerrero 6, C. McCallum 6, Martinez 0, Nash 14, Sancfhes 0, Espinoza 2, Rojas 2, Zaragoza 4, D. Guerrero 16