By William

LYONS – It wasn’t the prettiest game of the season for the Smoky Valley girls’ basketball team, but they came through with an offensive burst in the fourth quarter to score a 10-point, 34-24 road victory over Lyons on Tuesday.

The game was a team win and in a season that may not have gone as planned, it was the second win in a row for the Lady Vikings.

After leading by one, 5-4, at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vikings fell behind by two at 13-11 going into the halftime break.

Neither team was able to muster much of any offense in the third quarter as Smoky Valley scored just four points and Lyons only hit for two, giving the two teams a 15-15 tie heading into the final eight minutes of play. The Lady Vikings found a sudden burst of offense in the final quarter as they connected for 19 points to pull away for the final 10-point win.

“The game wasn’t the prettiest offensive show as it was tied at just 15 at the end of three quarters,” noted Smoky Valley Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “We changed up our defense in the locker room before the game, with the purpose of keeping the ball out of the hands of their two six-foot players. The girls executed it very well, with Abby (Rose), Kerington (Haxton) and Macie (Carlson) taking turns fronting the post while the others closed out on the shooters. It disrupted their offense and we rebounded very well. We had too many turnovers offensively, but in the end, we took care of the ball and hit free throws to seal the victory.”

Speaking of the fourth quarter offensive surge, Ellie Brumbaugh led the team with 11 points as she collected six of those in the final eight minutes while Kerington Haxton scored all eight of her points in the final stanza by going a perfect eight-for-eight at the free throw line.

Coach Van Der Wege concluded his game reflections by saying, “(Ellie) Brumbaugh and (Kerington) Haxton paced us for points while (Breanna) Priddy was dominant on the boards by pulling down 11 rebounds. Defense was the key as we held Lyons’ six-foot power forward Kristina Head to just four points. It was a very solid team victory.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS? The win gives the Lady Vikings a 6-10 record overall for the season and 2-3 within the Central Kansas League. On Friday they will go on the road to Pratt.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY VIKINGS              5          6          4          19        = 34

Lyons                           4          9          2          9          = 24

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (34 total points): Ellie Brumbaugh – 11; Kerington Haxton – 8; Breanna Priddy – 6; McKinley Johnson – 4; Abby Rose – 3; Claire Broxterman – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (3): Ellie Brumbaugh, McKinley Johnson, Abby Rose – 1.

Rebound Leader: Breanna Priddy – 11.

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