Photo by John Fannin
As the sign above her indicates, Mabton’s Desanay Guerrero was quite the trooper yesterday. Here, she walks gingerly off the court with Coach Chris McCallum at her side. She later returned after missing several minutes with a foot injury, helping the Lady Vikes forge a nine-point lead midway through the third quarter.
As of Friday, March 6, 2015
SPOKANE - First there was an injury to her left foot, then her right and, later, a hard hit to the head.
It was all in a night’s work for Mabton power forward Desanay Guerrero in Thursday’s quarter-final game at State. The junior willed herself back onto the court after each mishap, and nearly willed the Lady Vikes to a victory, which would have guaranteed them their first-ever State tourney trophy.
After sitting out most of the second quarter with that first foot injury, Guerrero found opportunities in the paint in the third quarter.
The emphasis was by design.
“She’s a tough kid,” said Coach Chris McCallum. “We wanted to get the ball in her hands.”
Guerrero says coming back after each knock down was an easy choice.
“I have a big heart for the game. I love the game,” she said softly, fighting back tears in the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s loss.
“I just wanted us to go out and make history.”
Guerrero and the Lady Vikes will look to do just that in today’s consolation semi-finals. A win today (Friday) will propel Mabton into one of Saturday’s trophy round games.