MULLEN SCORES 14, SCOTT GETS 11!!

By William for http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

LYONS – While the ‘A’ team scored a decisive win for the Smoky Valley Middle School girls basketball teams, the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams were not as fortunate and the Junior Lady Vikings finished their Monday road trip to Lyons with one win and two losses.

A capsule of the three games:

JUNIOR LADY VIKING ‘A’ TEAM HAMMERS LYONS

The ‘A’ team jumped out to a fast start and never let slowed down as they hammered Lyons 47-4, pushing their season mark to 5-2.

Keira Mullen led the team with 14 points while Tinley Scott also reached double digits in the scorebook with 11, including three three-pointers.

“The Junior Lady Vikings got off to a fast start with Tinley (Scott) hitting a three pointer just seconds into the game,” explained Head Coach Jason Drouillard. “The girls never looked back and eventually jumped out to a 30-0 lead. We really focused on packing the lane and not allowing any easy buckets or second chance shots. They did a great job of sharing the wealth as seven different girls made a bucket.”

Coach Drouillard concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “Keira (Mullen) led the way with 14 points and a handful of rebounds while Adrian Hazelwood finished with six points but did a very nice job distributing the ball and racking up several big-time assists. She also played especially well on the defensive end as she grabbed several steals. Tinley hit all three of her three-pointers in the first half, Ava Broxterman came up big off the bench with a couple of threes of her own while Jordyn Elseth was consistent as always.”

JUNIOR LADY VIKINGS ‘A’ TEAM SCORING (47 total points): Keira Mullen – 14; Tinley Scott – 11; Adrian Hazelwood – 6; Ava Broxterman – 6; Jordyn Elseth – 6; Alyssa Holt – 2; Maliyah Koster – 2.

JUNIOR LADY VIKINGS ‘B’ TEAM LOSES BY ONE

In the ‘B’ game the Junior Lady Vikings did their very best to over-come a slow start and pulled within one point but were unable to close it out and ended up losing to Lyons by that single point, 15-14.

The ‘B’ team now falls to just 1-6 for the season.

“Slow starts continue to be this team’s Achilles’ heel,” noted Coach Drouillard. “For three quarters the girls struggled finding a way to score on their 2-3 defense. With time left in the fourth quarter, the Junior Lady Vikings fought with every fiber in their being to pull within one. Unfortunately, time ran out in the midst of their furious comeback. I am extremely proud of how the team never quits with their backs against the wall.”

JUNIOR LADY VIKINGS ‘C’ TEAM LOSES 12-9

Once again it was a sluggish slow start that doomed the Junior Lady Vikings ‘C’ team as well, putting them behind early and while they crawled back slowly to pull within one and then tied the game late, they failed to close it out and lost by three. The ‘C’ team drops to 1-6 for the season.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE JUNIOR LADY VIKINGS?

Coach Drouillard offered some final overall thoughts about the days games, saying, “We are coming together nicely in many areas, particularly on defense. I often remind the girls to trust the process and focus on getting at least one percent better each day. Assistant Coach Knopp deserves a lot of credit as she’s done a phenomenal job stepping up as a coach to help lead the team in the right direction.”

The Junior Lady Vikings will be back in action on Thursday when they play host to Pratt-Liberty.

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