Vikings powered by strong defense Friday

At right, Kassandra Hernandez eyes the basket for a 2-point shot as Manson’s Magali Leyva reaches out in defense.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
At right, Kassandra Hernandez eyes the basket for a 2-point shot as Manson’s Magali Leyva reaches out in defense.



— The Mabton Vikings girls basketball team punched its ticket to a second day of action in the 2B District 5/6 Tournament with a 51-18 defeat of Manson on Friday.

Mabton was set to play Liberty Bell on Saturday after upending Manson, thanks to a powerful defensive effort.

The Vikings forced the Trojans to commit 24 turnovers. That’s because Mabton didn’t let up its pressure defense until the final period of the loser-out game.

The Vikings led 16-7 at the end of the first period and continued the upward momentum, holding Manson to just 1 point in the second while tallying another 13. Mabton led 29-8 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Vikings scored another 17 points and Manson was only able to chip in 6.

Mabton slowed itself and still outscored the Trojans 5-4 in the final period of the outing.

The Vikings were led by Britnee Guerrero’s 14 points, 9 from beyond the 3-point arc. Mabton outrebounded Manson 26-19 with 4 rebounds apiece by Noemi Galarza, Guerrero and Angela Herrera. Guerrero also tallied 7 steals.

Kassandra Hernandez scored 7 points for the Vikings, Galarza tallied 6, Astrid Galarza and Angela Herrera tossed in 5 points apiece, Ivett Sanchez and Karina Garzon each scored 4 points, and scoring 3 points each were Selene Gutierrez and Mercedes Bercerra.

The team was 50 percent from the free throw line.

For the Trojans, Celina Mendoza led with 7 points, teammate Megan Clausen scored 6, Magali Leyva and Kayla Gosvener each tallied 2, and Evelyn De Jesus added 1 point.



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