By William

LINDSBORG – While many were in tournaments, the Smoky Valley boys basketball team played a couple of games over the weekend and finished with a split as they defeated Clay Center at home on Friday, 61-26, before losing a heartbreaker by three on Saturday, 63-60, at Hutchinson Trinity.

With the split, Smoky Valley is now 4-8 for the season as they now prep for a home game on Tuesday, February 4 against Hillsboro.

Here is a brief write plus individual stats on the two games:


            On Friday the Vikings played consistent basketball for all four quarters while dealing out some harsh, stingy defense on their way to a 61-26 hammering of Clay Center.

Smoky Valley jumped out to a commanding 16-point, 18-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and despite the Tigers finding some second quarter offense still held a 19-point, 34-15 advantage heading into the halftime break.

In the third and fourth quarters the Viking defense put the clamps on the Tiger offense and outscored them 27-11 in the final 16 minutes of play to gain the final 35-point victory.

All eleven Vikings that suited up for the game put points in the scoreboard with Haven Lysell-Stewart leading the way with 15 while Trey Kenney finished with 11 and Johann Rauchholz just missed double digits with nine. Kennedy had the team high in three-pointers with three, while Cade Schneider led the team in assists with four and tied for the team lead in rebounds along with Johann Rauchholz with five. Matt Lucas and Brandt Heble kept the Tiger offense uncomfortable as they recorded four and three steals respectively.

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

Clay Center     2          13        5          6          = 26

VIKINGS           18        16        15        12        = 61

SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (61 total points): Haven Lysell-Stewart – 15; Trey Kennedy – 11; Johann Rauchholz – 9; Karsen Pihl – 5; Ty Miller – 4; Ryan Heline – 4; Matt Lucas – 4; Cade Schneider – 3; Joe Osowski – 2; Brandt Heble – 2; Bruster Bengtson – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (6): Trey Kennedy – 3; Karsen Pihl, Ty Miller, Cade Schneider – 1.

Assists Leader: Cade Schneider – 4.

Rebound Leaders: Johann Rauchholz, Cade Schneider – 5.

Leader in Steals: Matt Lucas – 4; Brandt Heble – 3.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Have Lysell-Stewart – 2.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS at Hutchinson Trinity

On Saturday the Vikings traveled to Hutchinson to tangle with Hutchinson Trinity and suffered a costly offensive lull in the second quarter which helped propel Trinity to a heartbreaking three-point win, 63-60, over the Vikings.
The two teams were tied at 17-17 at the end of the first quarter, but Smoky Valley could only muster nine points in the second quarter while Trinity scored 13, giving them a halftime lead 30-26.

After Trinity came out and outscored the Vikings by five in the third quarter, taking a 47-38 advantage into the final eight minutes of play, the Vikings poured in 22 points in the final quarter but it proved to be not enough to overtake Trinity as Trinity scored the final three-point victory.

Cade Schneider used five three-pointers to lead the Viking offense with 22 points while Trey Kennedy dropped in three three-pointers to put 13 in the scorebook. Schneider, Bruster Bengtson and Ryan Heline were able to dish out three assists, while Have Lysell-Stewart topped the Vikings by recording five rebounds.

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

VIKINGS           17        9          12        22        = 60

Trinity              17        13        17        16        = 63

SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (60 total points): Cade Schneider – 22; Trey Kennedy – 13; Johann Rauchholz – 7; Matt Lucas – 6; Ryan Heline – 4; Bruster Bengtson – 4; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 4.

Three Pointer Made (10): Cade Schneider – 5; Trey Kennedy – 3; Johann Rauchholz, Matt Lucas – 1.

Assists Leader: Cade Schneider, Bruster Bengtson, Ryan Heline – 3.

Rebound Leaders: Haven Lysell-Stewart – 5; Matt Lucas, Bruster Bengtson – 4.

Leader in Steals: Cade Schneider, Have Lysell-Stewart, Brandt Heble – 2.

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