Lady Mules win 3; district starts Monday


Diana Zimmerman

Paige Mace made the King's offense work to bring the ball down the court in the Lady Mules' closest game of the week. They beat Kings High School 49-43. Mace, a senior, hit 1,000 career points in an earlier game this week against Morton/White Pass.

With three games in the last week, the Lady Mules really only ran into one serious challenger on Saturday, when they hosted a 1A team from the Seattle area, Kings High School. The Lady Mules managed to eke out a win that day too, to bring their overall record to 10-1.

On Thursday, the Lady Mules beat Morton/White Pass 92-13.

"MWP got off to a hot start turning offense into defense," Coach Rob Garrett said. "Paige (Mace) went over 1,000 career points which was a great milestone for her and Emmie (Niemela) had a career high. It was a good game to get some confidence rolling into the big match up with Kings on Saturday."

Mace had 23 points, eight assists, and six steals. Niemela had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Jansi Merz had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Megan Leitz scored eight points. Courtney Carlson and Kamryn Watkins had seven points apiece. Miya Kerstetter had six points and five steals. Kimberlee Watkins added four points.

MWP 3 4 2 4 --13

Lady Mules 43 25 19 5 --92

On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Mules beat Kings High School 49-43.

"Kings was the best defensive game we've played this year," Coach Garrett said. "I thought from start to finish the girls just continued to get better and better. Courtney, Paige, and Reigha (Niemeyer) did a great job of frustrating their best offensive player and really took her out of the game mentally with their defensive pressure. Inside we gave up some initial pick and rolls, but the girls learned as the game went on and really tightened things up. Offensively, Paige controlled the pace, Jansi led the way, the rest of the team hit big shot when they had the chance. Overall it was the most fun I've had with this group this year. The atmosphere was great. Our girls know that pressure is a privilege and they most certainly stepped up to the challenge."

Merz had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Niemeyer, Kerstetter, and Kimberlee Watkins had six points each. Mace score five points and had five assists, Niemela added four points and had eight rebounds. Leitz had two points and five assists.

Kings 12 15 12 4 --43

Lady Mules 14 12 10 13 --49

On Tuesday, the Lady Mules beat Stevenson 79-4, in front of a home crowd that was supportive enough to throw up a cheer both times the Bulldogs were able to add to the scoreboard.

"Tonight's game was senior night," Coach Garrett said, "and the seniors did a great job showing off their talents and getting everyone involved. This has been a fun group to have come through that has put a lot of time in the gym and they've done a great job making the most out of this crazy year."

"Not only did all of our seniors score," Coach Garrett added, "but Paige and Jansi both had stellar stat lines. It was a great way for them to finish their last regular season home game."

Merz had 26 points, 14 rebounds, and six steals. Mace had 16 points, 10 assists, and nine steals. Niemela and Niemeyer had six points each. Arrow Rose had five points and four steals. Jordyn Watson and Kerstetter contributed five points apiece. Leitz had four points. Kimberlee Watkins, Carlson and Bailey McKinley finished the game with two points each.

Stevenson 0 2 2 0 --4

Lady Mules 27 21 14 17 --79

The Lady Mules finish their regular season at R.A. Long on Friday, and district play begins on Monday at


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