Colton beat Gervais 48-28 Tuesday, Jan. 28, but lost Weinberger for the rest of the season due to injury.

by: CORY MIMMS - Caitlyn Weinberger ices her ankle. She is out for the rest of the season, Coach Kyle Gilstad said. The Colton Vikings beat the Gervais Cougars Tuesday, Jan. 28, in a long match that left sophomore Viking Caitlyn Weinberger out for the rest of the season with a sprained ankle.

Weinberger was playing a good game. Nearing the end of the second quarter she had seven points, six rebounds and two steals. Then, coming down from jumping for a steal, she landed on her left ankle.

She said it felt like something “popped” in her ankle. She was down on the court for several minutes and then helped to the bench, where her ankle was put on ice.

“Expected recovery time is six weeks,” Coach Kyle Gilstad said.

Building the lead

The game began slowly, with the Vikings working their passing game but unable to set up for the shot. Then, two minutes into the first quarter, Jessica Parker sank a two-point bucket, the first points of what the Vikings turned into a major lead.

“[Parker] showed good leadership as a sophomore,” Gilstad said, adding that she’s proving herself as one of the team’s captains.

Kailee White followed Parker’s basket at the free-throw line with one point, and Joslyn Stansfield landed a two pointer, which put the Vikings up 5-0.

Colton caged the Cougars’ offense. Until late in the first quarter, Gervais only secured points from the foul line.

White rattled the Cougars defense as well. She nabbed a rebound in Gervais’s paint and cut down court. Surrounded by a pack of Lady Cats, she took two points on the layup. Tavia Boll nabbed Colton’s next points, with an assist from Weinberger.

As the first quarter ticked under two minutes, the Lady Cats found their first field-goal luck. Cougar Vanessa Lopez landed a two pointer that put the score at 9-5, Vikings lead.

Colton closed the first quarter strong, with two more points from Boll, assisted by Mikaela Shelton.

The Vikings looked relaxed but not lackadaisical. They were calm and calculated, particularly Shelton, who consistently broke up the Cougars’ offense and pulled the Vikings together with multiple assists and double-digit CORY MIMMS - Mikaela Shelton nabs the rebound.

“[Shelton] had a well-rounded game,” Gilstad said. “[She] did a little of everything for us. She’s really showing her senior leadership,” which is why she’s one of the team’s captains.

The Vikings opened the second quarter with a string of two-point baskets from White, Wienberger and Stansfield. Colton continued to hammer out points up to and after Wienberger left the court CORY MIMMS - Caitlyn Weinberger sprained her ankle late in the second half. The Vikings closed the second quarter 34-8, a deficit the Lady Cats were unable to recover from in the second half, though they tried hard to do just that.

Gervais held Colton to seven points in the third, while putting nine points on the board themselves. The Cougars held their own in the fourth quarter as well. The Vikings nabbed another seven points, and the Lady Cats took 11. However, there wasn’t enough time for Gervais to make a full comeback.

When the final buzzer rang, the score was 48-28, Vikings win.

Colton’s top performers

Kailee White: 12points, 5 steals

Tavia Boll: 8 points, 3 rebounds

Caitlyn Weinberger: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Mikaela Shelton: 6 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals.

Jessica Parker: 3 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals.  

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