By William

LINDSBORG – Despite holding a small lead at halftime and connecting on 11 three-pointers, the Smoky Valley boys’ basketball team was unable to hold on in the second half and ended up losing their home game on Tuesday to Nickerson by eight points, 59-51.

The Vikings took a slim one-point, 11-10 lead out of the first quarter and built it up to a four-point, 24-20 advantage as the two teams headed to the locker rooms for the halftime break.

Coming out of the break, Nickerson dropped in 20 points in the third quarter which out shined the solid 15 points that Smoky Valley scored and it gave the visitors a razor thin, one-point, 40-39, lead heading into the final quarter of play. Nickerson pulled away by outscoring the Vikings by seven in the final quarter and taking the eight-point win.

Smoky Valley had seven players put points on the board in the game with only Trey Kennedy making into double digits as he led the team with 15. Cade Schneider and Karson Pihl came close by chipping in with nine and eight points each.

Despite the loss, the Vikings connected on 11 three-pointers in the game, with Kennedy hitting on four of those and Schneider making three.

One of the deciding factors in the game came at the free throw line where the Vikings made just five of13 while Nickerson connected on 11-of-20.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS? The loss drops the Vikings to 5-13 for the season as they now prep for another home game on Friday when they play host to Halstead.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Nickerson                    10        10        20        19        = 59

VIKINGS                       11        13        15        12        = 51

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING INDIVIDUAL SCORING (51 total points): Trey Kennedy – 15; Cade Schneider – 9; Karson Pihl – 8; Brandt Heble – 7; Johann Rauchholz – 4; Matt Lucas – 4; Bruster Bengtson – 4.

Three-Pointers Made (11): Trey Kennedy – 4; Cade Schneider – 3; Karson Pihl – 2; Johann Rauchholz, Brandt Heble – 1.

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