Monday, January 11, 2010/lk
MABTON - The Lady Vikings this past Friday lost 55-36 to Granger, but overcame that loss, winning 53-45 over White Swan on Saturday.
Commenting on Friday's game, Mabton Coach Chris McCallum said his team fared amazingly well against what he considers "the best team in the valley.
"We were down six points at halftime," he shared to emphasize his team was holding its own.
The Lady Vikes would have only gone into the half down three points, but Granger's Fantasia Reyes knocked down a three-point basket just prior to the buzzer.
"You could read the faces of my girls," said McCallum, stating the expression of his players was that of disappointment.
Reyes created momentum for the Spartans from that shot, and Mabton was outscored 16-8 in the third quarter.
"They really put it to us," commented McCallum.
He said his team battled back in the fourth quarter, but was unable to overcome the deficit.
McCallum continued, "Granger hit some big shots...we did a good job with the ball only committing 11 turnovers, but it just wasn't enough."
Leading the Lady Vikings on were Melissa Gutierrez and Jazzee Sustaita with nine points apiece. Crysta Reynolds and Cassandra Martinez each scored seven points, with Reynolds snatching eight balls from the boards.
Monica Tellez grabbed 10 balls from the glass and scored four points.
Mabton was outrebounded 49 to 26 in spite of the team's efforts.
Saturday, the Lady Vikings recovered from the Friday night loss, winning against White Swan.
"After spending a lot of energy Friday, my girls came back and Crysta Reynolds scored 19 points," McCallum recalled.
Reynolds also was able to secure 12 balls from the glass.
Veronica Vazquez led the team in rebounds, snatching up 14 boards. She scored 12 points and kept out of foul trouble.
"Veronica got into foul trouble in the first half Friday, but she didn't commit any fouls Saturday," explained McCallum, stating Vazquez learned from the mistakes made against Granger.
The Lady Vikings ran six different defenses against White Swan, but maximized on its man-to-man defense to earn the win.
Adding to the tally were Melissa Gutierrez and Jazzee Sustaita with nine points each.
"Jazzee is probably my best defensive player because she has speed on the court and knows how to use her body well to secure the ball," McCallum stated, saying the sophomore had five steals.
Gutierrez, he added, is another of his defensive players that helps cause turnovers. She had eight steals.
Also scoring for the Lady Vikings were Leti Enriquez and Terri Flores with two points apiece.
Mabton returns to their home court Friday against Highland. Saturday they travel to Cle Elum.