By William

STERLING – The Smoky Valley girls basketball team bounced back from their loss on Tuesday at the 7th Annual Sterling Girls Basketball Tournament to score a slim, one-point, 36-35 victory over Kingman on Thursday evening.

With the victory, the Lady Vikings are now 4-5 for the season and will join the Viking boys on Friday back in Sterling to play for fifth place in the tournament. Ironically, just like the boys, the Lady Vikings will be playing Southeast of Saline who beat Russell, 46-30, on Tuesday.

The entire game was back and forth on the scoreboard as Kingman held a two-point, 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Lady Vikings were able to push ahead by three at 18-15 heading into the halftime break.

Kingman outscored Smoky Valley by three in the third quarter to make the tied up at 26-26 as they headed into the final eight minutes of play where the Lady Vikings were able step up defensively to get the one point advantage needed for the razor thin 36-35 victory.

“We took care of the ball better than we have in previous games as we only had 10 turnovers,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “We didn’t shoot with much efficiency, but we did battle on the boards on both ends and made enough shots to get the win. All in all, I’m proud of our effort, especially to take care of the ball at the end of the game to give us a chance to win. The Lady Vikings missed a chance to extend the lead at the free throw line and Kingman had the ball for the last possession. We were able to step up defensively in the final seven seconds with Kerington (Haxton) getting the steal to secure the win.”

The Lady Vikings won despite having a poor shooting night as they connected on just 30% of their shots from the field and only hit on two-of-twelve from beyond the three-point arc. Smoky Valley even struggled at the free throw line where they hit just 44% of the 18 attempts.

Ellie Brumbaugh was the lone Lady Viking to reach double digits in scoring as she put 12 on the scoreboard.

Coach Van Der Wege concluded his post-game reflections by talking about the girls, saying, “Ellie (Brumbaugh) has had back-to-back big nights and led us with 12 points even after suffering an injury in the first half. Senior forward Kaylie Ryan chipped in with seven points and six rebounds while Claire Broxterman and Kerington Haxton each had six points. Kaylie and Claire both really stepped up on both ends of the court.”



Kingman          11        4          11        9          = 35

LADY VIKINGS  9          9          8          0          = 36

TEAM STATS:              Kingman          LADY VIKINGS

Shooting                      15-41 (37%)     13-44 (30%)

3-Pointers                    2-10 (20%)       2-12 (17%)

Free Throws                3-6 (50%)         8-18 (44%)

Assists                          4                      4

Rebounds (Off/Def)    32 (6/26)         34 (12/22)

Turnovers                    15                    10

Steals                           2                      7

Blocked Shots              2                      6

Personal Fouls             11                    12

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKING INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (36 total points): Ellie Brumbaugh – 12; Kaylie Ryan – 7; Kerington Haxton – 6; Claire Broxterman – 6; Abby Rose – 4; Avery Van Der Wege – 1.

Three-Pointers Made (2): Ellie Brumbaugh – 2.

Assists Leader: Claire Broxterman – 2.

Rebound (Off/Def): Kaylie Ryan – 6 (4/2); Kerington Haxton – 6 (2/4); Claire Broxterman – 5 (3/2).

Leader in Steals: Kerington Haxton – 3; Kaylie Ryan – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Abby Rose – 4; Breanna Priddy, Kaylie Ryan – 1.

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