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LINDSBORG – Consistency was the style of play that won on Tuesday in Lindsborg during battles between the Smoky Valley boys and girls basketball teams and visiting Southeast of Saline.

While consistency helped the Lady Vikings score a 55-47 victory, it was the lack of consistency in the middle two quarters that cost the Viking boys as they lost 65-58.

Here is a summary of the two games:



Southeast of Saline     12        8          12        15        = 47

LADY VIKINGS              13        8          16        18        – 55

The Smoky Valley Lady Vikings played rather consistent basketball for all four quarters as they stayed just enough ahead throughout the game to built to their eight-point victory and get their first win of the young season.

Up by just one at the end of the first quarter at 13-12, the two teams played even in the second to give Smoky Valley a one-point, 21-20 advantage heading into the halftime break. The Lady Vikings then put together 16- and 18-point quarters to finish out the game while holding Southeast of Saline to just 27 total points, giving them the point spread for what looked like a comfortable victory.

“This is the first win of the young season for the Smoky Valley girls,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “Overall, Southeast of Saline was hoping to use their press, pressure defense and quickness against our taller Lady Vikings. I felt that we did a good job of handling their full court pressure after the first few minutes of the game. They went to a half court trapping defense in the second quarter and it took us until the third quarter to improve our ball movement against their defense. Once we improved that, we were able to take advantage and build on our one-point halftime lead.”

Breanna Priddy and Kerington Haxton led the Lady Vikings with 15 points each while Ellie Brumbaugh joined them in double digits with 10. Priddy scored a double-double on the night as she also hauled down 10 rebounds. Most importantly for the Lady Vikings, they were able to shut down Carsen Schlesener of Southeast of Saline as she came into the game averaging 21 points per game and the Lady Vikings held her to just 11.

Coach Van Der Wege concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “Our defense took a big step up tonight and that made the difference. I was really proud of our effort on both ends of the court.



Southeast of Saline     13        15        20        17        = 65

Smoky Valley               15        10        9          24        = 58

In the boy’s game, the Vikings hit a rough spot in the second and third quarters while Southeast of Saline cruised along with a consistent offense and pulled out the seven-point, 65-58 victory.

Smoky Valley led after the first quarter, 15-13, but only hit for 10 points in the second quarter while the visitors scored 15 and took a three-point, 28-25 lead into the halftime break.

Coming out of the break, the Vikings offense went cold and they could only manage nine points while Southeast of Saline dropped in 20 to give the visitors a highly comfortable 14-point, 48-34 advantage heading into the final minutes of action.

While the Vikings poured in 24 points in the fourth quarter and held Southeast of Saline to just 17, it was not enough to overcome their lead, giving the Vikings the seven-point defeat.

Cade Schneider had a big night offensively by scoring 22, including three baskets from beyond the three-point arc. No other Viking reached double digits for the game as eight different Vikings put points in the scorebook.


Both the Viking boys and Lady Vikings will return to the competitive hardwood on Friday when they travel to Concordia.

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKING SCORING (55 total points): Breanna Priddy – 15; Kerington Haxton – 15; Ellie Brumbaugh – 10; McKinley Johnson – 7; Kaylie Ryan – 4; Abby Rose – 2; Claire Broxterman – 2. Three-pointers Made: McKinley Johnson – 1.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING SCORING (58 total points): Cade Schneider – 22; Trey Kennedy – 7; Ryan Heline – 7; Johann Rasuchholz – 6; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 5; Bruster Bengtson – 5; Matt Lucas – 4; Brandt Heble – 2. Three-pointers Made: Cade Schneider – 3; Trey Kennedy – 1; Matt Lucas – 1.

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