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Lady Mules place 3rd in district; play White Swan Friday at MM


February 22, 2018

Diana Zimmerman

Macie Elliott passed the ball to the post in the Mules' 45-44 loss to Ilwaco at Kelso High School last Wednesday. Elliott has been in double digits all week, scoring 10, 17, and 15 in the last three games.

The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team is guaranteed a spot in the 2018 State B tournament in Spokane next week, but right now they are more focused on getting a win against White Swan in regional play on Friday.

According to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's RPI, (rating percentage index), the Lady Mules are ranked the number three team in the state. White Swan is in sixth place. The Cougars are 12-2 in league and 18-5 overall.

"White Swan plays tough defense, so taking care of the ball will be a premium," Garrett said.

The Lady Mules face White Swan at 6 p.m., at Mark Morris High School on Friday. The loser of the regional contest will start the state tournament in a loser out game on Wednesday. The winner will begin play the next day in the quarterfinals.

Two points in the last few moments of play against the number one ranked Ilwaco Fishermen in district quarterfinals sent the Lady Mules to the losers' bracket last Wednesday. In the second half of the game, Wahkiakum scrabbled back from a slow start and a good sized deficit to pull ahead in the fourth quarter, but not by much. The Lady Mules were up by one in the final minute, but Ilwaco scored with less than 15 seconds left on the clock to win the game 45-44.

Macie Elliott scored 10 points to lead the team. She also had eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, and one block. Maddy Mace had nine points. Freshman Jansi Merz scored eight points and had six rebounds. Ellie Leitz tallied seven points. Paige Mace contributed five points, four assists, and four steals. Mckensi Fluckiger had three points, and Charlie Ashe added two more.

Lady Mules 7 10 18 9 --44

Ilwaco 18 7 11 9 --45

On Friday, the Lady Mules met Adna in their only loser out game of the district tournament. They won easily 68-38, and ended the season for the Pirates.

Adna 11 13 10 4 --38

Lady Mules 13 22 16 17 --68

Elliott scored 17 points and had seven rebounds. Leitz contributed 15 points and seven rebounds. P. Mace scored 13 points and had five assists. Kimberly Watkins had six points. M. Mace had four points. Merz tallied three points, six rebounds, and one block. Fluckiger had three points and five assists. Ashe contributed three points and four assists. Destiny McGowan and Alex Watkins added two points apiece.

In a battle for third and fourth place on Saturday at WF West in Chehalis, the Lady Mules beat Life Christian 54-37.

Diana Zimmerman

Charlie Ashe drove to the basket for two against Ilwaco.

Elliott scored 15 points, pulled down 11 boards, had five assists, three steals, and one block. P. Mace scored 15 points. Merz had her biggest game of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Leitz had nine points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. M. Mace had two points and four assists. A. Watkins added two points. Ashe had six rebounds.

Life Christian 11 5 10 11 --37

Lady Mules 8 10 22 14 --54

"Things have been going great," Coach Rob Garrett said. "I think the girls are really playing some of their best ball right now, especially in the second half. Everyone is starting to really know their role and excel at it. I've been really happy with how hard everyone is woking and it's starting to pay off. I know we are young but we are ready to get to Spokane and make a run! It's the best time of the year, I'm pumped it's finally here."


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