SCHNEIDER SCORES 22, KENNEDY 14!

By William

STERLING – Looking to finish out their appearance at the 48th Annual Sterling Invitational with a big win, the Smoky Valley boys basketball fought through four quarters and an overtime before succumbing to a three-point, 63-60 loss to SE of Saline on Friday to finish sixth overall.

The Vikings trailed early, 14-10 at the end of the first quarter before bouncing back and pulling to within one point of SE of Saline at 24-23 heading into the halftime break.

After Smoky Valley pulled ahead by four at 37-33 by the end of the third quarter, SE of Saline put up  18 points in the final eight minutes of play while the Vikings only scored 14 to leave the two teams tied up at 51-51 at the end of regulation play.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, SE of Saline hit for three more points than they did in the overtime to score the three-point, 63-60 win over the Vikings.

Both teams had decent shooting nights as the Vikings connected on 40% from the field while SE of Saline hit 47%.

Cade Schneider had a huge night for the Vikings as he poured in 22 points, including three three-pointers while also getting four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Also hitting for double digits was Trey Kennedy who scored 14.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE VIKINGS?     

With the loss the Vikings have now dropped to 3-7 for the season. Next game on the schedule will be on Tuesday, January 28 when they go on the road south to tangle with Hutchinson Trinity.

SE of Saline vs. SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS       

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          OT       FINAL

SE of Saline     14        10        9          18        12        = 63

VIKINGS           10        13        14        14        9          = 60

TEAM STATS:              SE of Saline     VIKINGS

Shooting                      23-48 (47%)     21-52 (40%)

3-Pointers                    8-22 (36%)       5-16 (31%)

Free Throws                13-24 (54%)     13-18 (72%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    25 (5/20)         22 (5/17)

Turnovers                    16                    12

Steals                           8                      10

Blocked Shots              0                      2

Personal Fouls             16                    20

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (60 total points): Cade Schneider – 22; Trey Kennedy – 14; Ryan Heline – 8; Johann Rauchholz – 8; Matt Lucas – 6; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (5): Cade Schneider – 3; Trey Kennedy – 2.

Rebound Leaders: Matt Lucas – 8; Cade Schneider – 4; Johann Rauchholz – 3.

Leader in Steals: Johann Rauchholz, Cade Schneider – 3; Matt Lucas – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Cade Schneider, Matt Lucas – 1.

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