By William

LINDSBORG – A scoring drought in the second quarter cost the Smoky Valley girls basketball team a lead that they were not able to get back in a 12-point, 47-35 loss to Halstead at home on Friday.

The Lady Vikings held a razor slim, one-point, 10-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter only to stumble on offense in the second quarter and score just four points while the visitors put a dozen additional points on the scoreboard to give Halstead a seven-point, 21-14 halftime lead.

Smoky Valley came out of the break and played Halstead even, 11-10 in the third quarter before falling a bit further behind in the final eight minutes of play and losing by 12.

“The Smoky Valley girls took on the number seven ranked team in Class 3A, Halstead, at home and lost,” explained Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege while talking about the Halstead power player. “We battled from start to finish to try and keep the ball out of the hands of the Lady Dragons six-foot Karena Gerber. She finished with 23 points despite our defensive efforts. Gerber also had a big impact on the defensive end as she disrupted or passes and blocked shots with her quickness and length.”

Ellie Brumbaugh led the Lady Vikings in the scorebook with 11 points while McKinley Johnson joined her in double digits with 10. Smoky Valley did connect on six three-pointers with both Brumbaugh and Johnson making a pair each.

Coach Van Der Wege continued reflecting on how his team did by adding, “Once again, we battled a top ranked team and defensively we played well enough to win. Our bigger challenge was keeping pace offensively as Gerber primarily staying in the lane and helped on any advantage we thought we might have. She disrupted a number of our shots. Abby (Rose), Kerington (Haxton) and Claire (Broxterman) each had turns trying to keep the ball out of Gerber’s hands. They and their teammates really did a pretty good job. Gerber is just challenge to matchup with. I’m very proud of how we keep improving and fighting to the end, even if we aren’t getting the wins yet.”

Looking to the final game of the regular season, Coach Van Der Wege concluded his reflections by saying, “We have the best team in the league coming up on Tuesday as Haven comes to town. I know our girls will be ready to lace them up and go toe to toe with them as we have a gutsy group.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS? With the loss the Lady Vikings fall to just 6-13 for the season as they prep for the final game of the 2019-20 regular season on Tuesday when they play at home hosting Haven.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Halstead                      9          12        11        15        = 47

LADY VIKINGS              10        4          10        11        = 35

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (35 total points): Ellie Brumbaugh – 11; McKinley Johnson – 10; Abby Rose – 4; Kerington Haxton – 3; Kaylie Ryan – 3; Breanna Priddy – 2; Claire Broxterman – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (6): McKinley Johnson, Ellie Brumbaugh – 2; Abby Rose, Kerington Haxton – 1.

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