Mules build their skills, step by step


December 21, 2023

Ian Brandon

Payton Mendez wards off an Onalaska defender.

The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team is working on getting stronger this season, one game at a time.

"With our young team it's really important to focus on developing and working on fundamentals no matter the outcome of games," Coach Ross Lofstrom said. "We are working on small victories every day and every game. Our leaders, Jessie [LeFever] and Amirah [Abdul Kariem] have been great about guiding the freshmen and eighth graders through our expectations. Even though the scoreboard might not show it yet, we are building."

Ian Brandon

Jessie LeFever drives to the basket during the girls' game against Onalaska.

The Mules lost 51-14 to Onalaska last Wednesday in front of a home crowd. Payton Mendez led scoring with seven points. Amirah Abdul Kariem added three and Jessie LeFever and Brienna Cothren had two points apiece.

Onalaska 13 15 10 13 51

Mules 7 0 2 5 14

On Friday, the Mules hosted Kalama and lost 52-19.

Amy Horman led the team with six points. Abdul Kariem and LeFever added four each. Mendez had three.

Kalama 12 9 20 9 52

Mules 3 3 6 7 19

The Mules traveled to Winlock this Wednesday, but a score was not available by press time.

They head to Toutle Lake on Friday.

The season will resume after Christmas break on Jan. 3 against Morton/White Pass.


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