By William

LINDSBORG – It was a rough couple of days for the Smoky Valley girls’ basketball team as dropped two games, losing 43-26 to Clay Center on Friday and then stumbling early in a loss to Hutchinson Trinity, 43-33, on Saturday.

With the two losses, the Lady Vikings now drop to 4-8 for the season and begin the final few weeks of the season on Tuesday, February 4 when they will play host to Hillsboro.

Here is a recap of both games plus scoring and individual stats:


On Friday, the Lady Vikings struggled played a solid game with Clay Center until the final eight minutes when the Lady Tigers bolted out ahead for the 17-point victory.

Smoky Valley held a slim two-point advantage, 8-6 at the end of the first quarter before Clay Center was able to take a one-point, 17-16, lead as the two teams headed into the halftime break.

Coming out in the third quarter, the Lady Tigers doubled up the Lady Vikings, who struggled on offense, 10-5 on the scoreboard to head into the final quarter with a six-point, 27-21 advantage and then outscored Smoky Valley 16-5 in the final eight minutes to get the 43-26 win.

“I thought our defensive intensity was good throughout the game,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege in his post-game reflections. “We forced some steals that we hadn’t in the past, the Lady Tiger’s Clara Edwards was a very difficult matchup at being six-foot, but our girls battled hard against her even though she did score 21 points. We need to be more patient in our offense and improve our offensive rebounding as we were getting some good looks, but the shots just were not falling, especially in the second half.”

Ellie Brumbaugh and Claire Broxterman led the Lady Vikings offense with seven points each.


SCORING:                1          2          3          4          FINAL

Clay Center              6         11        10        16        = 43

LADY VIKINGS          8         8           5         5           = 26

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (26 total points): Ellie Brumbaugh – 7; Claire Broxterman – 7; McKinley Johnson – 4; Abby Rose – 4; Kaylie Ryan – 2; Kerington Haxton – 2.


Smoky Valley struggled at times in the first two quarters allowing Hutchinson Trinity to gain a sizable advantage and end up beating the Lady Vikings by 10, 43-33, on Saturday.

The Lady Vikings were outscored 16-9 in the first quarter before struggling to get just three points on the scoreboard in the second quarter while Hutchinson Trinity put 11 on the board and took a sizable, 15-point, 27-12 lead heading into the halftime break.

While Smoky Valley was able to nibble away at the lead in the final two quarters, outscoring Hutchinson Trinity 9-7 in the third and 12-9 in the fourth, it was not enough to salvage a win.

“Hutchinson Trinity’s 1-3-1 half-court trap disrupted us at times in the first half but mostly we didn’t make shots and didn’t defend very well,” explained Lady Vikings Coach Larry Van Der Wege during his reflections of the game on Saturday. “The girls responded after the intermission and improved in both areas. The deficit was just too much though I was really proud of how our team didn’t give up and fought back. The defense in the second half was some of our best this season. Breanna (Priddy) played a solid game from her forward position on both ends of the court and it was good to get some three-point shots from (McKinley) Johnson, (Ellie) Brumbaugh and (Abby) Rose, as we didn’t hit any on Friday night.”

Priddy led the Lady Vikings with 13 points while Brumbaugh, Johnson and Rose each scored six. Hutchinson Trinity’s offense was led by Hayley Hughes who tossed in 17 of the teams 27 first half points before finishing with the game high of 25.

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS vs. Hutchinson Trinity

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY VIKINGS              9          3          9          12        = 33

Hutchinson Trinity      16        11        7          9          = 43

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (33 total points): Breanna Priddy – 13; Ellie Brumbaugh – 6; McKinley Johnson – 6; Abby Rose – 6; Kaylie Ryan – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (6): Ellie Brumbaugh, McKinley Johnson, Abby Rose – 2.

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