LADY VIKINGS LOSE LATE, SCHNEIDER LEADS VIKING BOYS!

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ABILENE – It was so close for the Smoky Valley girls’ basketball team as they dropped a one-point game on the road at Abilene on Friday while the Viking boys struggled in the second and fourth quarters while losing to the consistency of Abilene.

Here are quick reads on both the Lady Viking and Viking boys’ games at Abilene:

LADY VIKINGS LOOSE HEARTBREAKER!

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It doesn’t get more old school with a late game score to lose than to have your opponent get a two-pointer and a free-throw to put them one point up, and that is what Abilene did to the Lady Vikings on Friday. Then after stopping Smoky Valley in their last possession the Lady Cowboys scrapped by with a 41-40 victory.

After the Lady Vikings were down by six, 21-15, at the halftime break, they bounced back to tie the game at 30-30 heading into the final quarter of play before losing as they say – the old-fashioned way.

Lady Viking junior guard Ellie Brumbaugh led the Lady Vikings with 12 points, all coming from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore forward Breanna Priddy also put double digits in the scorebook by hitting for 10, while Kerington Haxton, a junior guard, managed to play enough to chip in with eight points despite fighting a touch of the flu all a few days before game time.

Point to watch this season – Of the Lady Vikings 40 points, 21 came on seven made three-pointers.

“The game came down to the final possession for each team and Abilene was successful while we were not, and a lot of that is on me,” explained Lady Viking Head Coach Larry VanDer Wege in his post-game reflections.

Despite the loss, Coach VanDer Wege found hope with his young team, saying, “We had a number of girls that played in their first varsity experience and they passed the test. As I told the team, I’ll learn from this experience just as they will. It’s always tough to lose, but I thought our team and program took a big step up

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS SCORING (40 total points): Ellie Brumbaugh – 12; Breanna Priddy – 10; Kerington Haxton – 8; Kallie Ryan – 4; McKinley Johnson – 3; Avery VanDer Wege – 3. Three-Pointers Made: Brumbaugh – 4; VanDer Wege – 1; Haxton – 1; Johnson – 1.

VIKING BOYS STRUGGLE IN TWO QUARTERS IN LOSS!

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If you take away the second and fourth quarters, the Smoky Valley boys basketball team would have scored a two point win, but unfortunately in those two quarters of play the host Cowboys out scored the Vikings 31-11 which paved the way for their 62-44 victory over the Vikings for the evening.

After coming out and taking a six-point, 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Smoky Valley boys basketball team struggled to score just five points in the second quarter while giving up 17 to host Abilene to go into halftime behind by six at 31-25. While the Vikings then scored 13 in the third, they only put six in the scorebook in the fourth as they suffered their season opening defeat.

Viking senior guard Cade Schneider led the offensive attack with 18 points on the evening while senior Matt Lucas just missed double digits with nine. All 18 points scored by Schneider came from beyond the three-point line as he connected on six of ten from long distance.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING SCORING (44 total points): Cade Schneider – 18; Matt Lucas – 9; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 4; Trey Kennedy – 3; Johann Rauchholz – 2; Ryan Heline – 2; Brandt Heble – 2; Bruster Bengtson – 2, Team – 2. Three-pointers Made: Schneider – 6; Lucas – 1.

NEXT UP FOR THE SMOKY VALLEY HOOPSTERS:

Both the Viking boys and Lady Vikings will make their 2019-20 home debut on Tuesday, December 10 when they play host to Southeast of Saline.

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