By William

HESSTON – While they stayed close for the first half, the Smoky Valley girls’ basketball ran into a second half buzz saw on the road Tuesday in Hesston as the Swathers used a consistent second half to beat the Lady Vikings by 20, 53-33.

The Lady Vikings only trailed by four at 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and played Hesston even in the second period to stay within four points at 28-24 heading into the halftime break.

Coming out of the break, Hesston put down 13 points in third quarter and another 12 in the final eight minutes of play while the Lady Vikings were only able to chalk nine total points in the scorebook for the entire second half.

“We played Hesston at home a couple of weeks ago and lost by only six,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege as he reflected on the game itself. “I know the score doesn’t indicate it, but I actually thought we played better tonight. Offensively, we handled their pressure defense better with fewer turnovers though we struggle to put the ball in the basket. Defensively, we were better at not fouling the drive but gave up more transition buckets than in the previous game. Hesston’s offensive execution was better than ours, pure and simple. I still felt we improved but need to continue to improve.”

Breanna Priddy led the Lady Vikings in scoring with nine while both Kerington Haxton and Abby Rose each chipped in with seven. Hesston was led by their star senior, Elise Kaiser, who had the game high of 19 points.


Now a game under .500 at 3-4, the Lady Vikings will be back on the competitive court on Friday when they go on the road again for a tangle with Hoisington.



LADY VIKINGS              8          16        3          6          = 33

Hesston                       12        16        13        12        = 53

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKING INDIVIDUAL SCORING (33 total points): Breanna Priddy – 9; Kerington Haxton – 7; Abby Rose – 7; Claire Broxterman – 5; Mckinley Johnson – 3; Kaylie Ryan – 2. Three-Pointers (3): Kerington Haxton, Mckinley Johnson, Abby Rose – 1.

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