Mule girls open with two wins
December 12, 2019
The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team started the season with two very different wins this week.
Jansi Merz scored 28 points in the Lady Mules' decisive 67-12 win against Columbia Adventist in their season opener at home on Wednesday.
She also pulled down 11 rebounds. Courtney Carlson added nine points and four steals. Megan Leitz had eight points. Reigha Niemeyer added seven points and seven rebounds. Alexzandria Watkins scored five points, Kimberlee Watkins had four, and Miya Kerstetter added three more. Paige Mace finished the game with three points and eight assists.
"I thought it was a great first game," Coach Rob Garrett said. "The energy was awesome and everyone was checked in. Defensively, the girls were flying around and offensively, everyone was playing very unselfish. Jansi had a great night, starting things off with 18 in the first quarter and playing with great confidence. I thought Paige did exactly what we have been asking all of our players to do. Let the little things roll off your back, provide great energy, work as hard as you can on defense, and let the rest of the game just come to you. She kept the girls focused and had some phenomenal passes. All around great team win with everyone doing their job and being excited for their teammates."
Columbia Adventist 6 0 3 3 12
Lady Mules 27 17 10 13 67
On Friday, the Lady Mules managed to eke out an overtime win in Onalaska, 46-39.
"Onalaska played a great game, and we weren't ready," Coach Garrett said. "I think it was an eye opener for us and it was also some great experience for a lot of young players to play in a great environment with a lot of pressure down the stretch. We had some people step up big and make some huge plays down the stretch to get us to overtime. Once we got to overtime we knew it was our game. Only thing you can do with a game like that is learn from it and use it as motivation."
Merz scored 22 points. Carlson had six points. Kerstetter added five points. Mace and A. Watkins had four apiece. Leitz scored three. Nai'a Freeman and Emerald Niemela added one point each.
Lady Mules 8 9 9 9 11 46
Onalaska 6 10 9 10 4 39
The Lady Mules hosted Mossyrock yesterday (Wednesday). Ridgefield comes to WHS on Monday and LaConnor on Wednesday, varsity only at 4 p.m. with boys varsity to follow at 6 p.m.