HAXTON, KENNEDY, HAXTON, SCHNEIDER LEAD VIKINGS

By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

CONCORDIA – It was a good road trip on Friday for the Smoky Valley boys’ and girls’ basketball teams as they went north to Concordia and returned home with two impressive victories, including the first win of the season for the Viking boys.

Here is a summary of both games:

VIKING BOYS GET FIRST WIN!

Led by Trey Kennedy’s team and game high of 15 points, the Smoky Valley Viking boys earned their first win of the season over Concordia on the road, 44-23.

For the first three quarters, the Vikings were very consistent with their offense by scoring 13, 13 and 12 points in each of them. While Concordia only trailed by three, 13-10, at the end of the first quarter, the Viking defense shut them down in the second quarter, holding them to just six points and giving Smoky Valley a 10-point, 26-16 advantage going into the halftime break.

Coming out in the third quarter, the Viking defense continued to stifle the Concordia offense, holding them to just three points in the third and only four in the fourth on their way to the final 21-point, 44-23 win.

Joining Kennedy with double digits in the scorebook was Cade Schneider who chipped in for 10 while Matt Lucas led Smoky Valley in rebounds with six.

LADY VIKINGS HANG ON FOR WIN!

A fourth quarter attempted rally by Concordia was held in check by the Lady Vikings on Friday as they earned their second victory of the season with a nine-point, 50-41 road victory.

Smoky Valley held just a one-point, 8-7, advantage after the first quarter and only led by two at 22-20 going into the halftime break. In the third quarter the Lady Vikings opened up their lead by outscoring Concordia 16-9 in the eight-minute period to take a nine-point, 38-29, lead into the final quarter of action. While Concordia put up 12 points on the scoreboard in the final eight minutes of play, the Lady Vikings kept up with them point-for-point to earn their win.

The Lady Vikings had nine girls put at least a point or more in the scorebook for the evening, with Kerington Haxton and Breanna Priddy leading the way as they both reached double digits with 16 and 14 points respectively. Priddy earned her second double-double of the week as she also pulled down 10 rebounds as Smoky Valley outrebounded the Lady Panthers 30-16 for the game. Haxton led the team in assists with seven.

While the team hit just 15-of-35 from the free throw line, the Lady Vikings were helped in the final quarter when Haxton connected on a perfect six-for-six down the stretch to preserve the victory.

“Fouls played a big part in the game as both teams had to deal with foul troubles among their lineup,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege during his post-game reflections. “The atmosphere and tradition at Concordia make it a difficult place to win so I was very proud of how we ground out the victory. In the first half we played hard but fouled way too much and in the second half, our defense was much improved, and we did it without fouling. We also improved our rebounding though we struggled from the free throw line. Abby Rose and Madi Tolle came in off the bench to contribute in big ways. All in all, I feel we took another step forward and that’s all we can hope for at this point.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

With the two victories, the Viking boys are now 1-2 for the young season while the Lady Vikings up their mark to 2-1.

Both teams will regroup and be back on the competitive hardwood on Tuesday, December 17, when they host rival Hesston.

SMOKY VALLEY at CONCORDIA

BOYS SCORING:

VIKING BOYS   13        13        12        6          = 44

Concordia        10        6          3          4          = 23

VIKING BOYS SCORING (44 total points): Trey Kennedy – 15; Cade Schneider – 10; Bruster Bengtson – 7; Brandt Heble – 6; Ryan Heline – 4; Jake Lucas – 2. Three-pointers Made: Cade Schneider – 2; Trey Kennedy – 1.

GIRLS SCORING:

LADY VIKINGS 8          14        16        12        = 50

Concordia        7          13        9          12        = 41

LADY VIKING SCORING (50 total points): Kerington Haxton – 16; Breanna Priddy – 14; Abby Rose – 6; Ellie Brumbaugh – 4; Madi Tolle – 3; Mckinley Johnson – 3; Kaylie Ryan – 2; Avery Van Der Wege – 1; Ashlyn Bryant – 1. Three-pointers Made: Abby Rose – 2; Ellie Brumbaugh – 1; Kerington Haxton – 1; Mckinley Johnson – 1.

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