By William

LINDSBORG – After being snowed out on Tuesday, the Smoky Valley girls’ basketball team was finally able to close out their 2019-20 regular season on Friday with a home game against Haven, with Haven holding off a late Lady Viking comeback to take a 41-33 victory.

The Lady Vikings only trailed by one, 7-6, at the end of the first quarter before Haven pulled out to a six-point, 19-13 advantage as the two teams headed to the locker rooms for the halftime break.

Haven came out of the break and put 10 points on the board in the third quarter while holding Smoky Valley to just four, giving them a 12-point, 29-17 lead going into the final eight minutes of regular season action. The Lady Vikings tried valiantly to make a comeback, outscoring the visitors 16-12 in the final quarter only to come up short on the scoreboard at the end and take a final eight-point loss.

“The Lady Vikings battled throughout but Haven hit their foul shots down the stretch to hold onto the win,” explained Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “Once again, we competed with a state-ranked team up to the very end. We worked the ball around pretty well and had pretty good looks but only could shoot 25% for the game. Haven’s defense obviously has something to do with that, but we aren’t going to beat the conference leading team with that percentage, especially while only hitting one three-pointer.”

Ellie Brumbaugh led the Lady Vikings with 18 points while Kerington Haxton chipped in with seven thanks to hitting the team’s only three-pointer of the evening. Breanna Priddy led the team in rebounds with eight.

Coach Van Der Wege concluded his reflections on the game by saying, “Our girls have all improved and are playing really good defense. I couldn’t be prouder. Tonight, was senior night and we are blessed with Kaylie Ryan and Macie Carlson as our senior leaders. They are quiet competitors and always provide great effort to set the example. Ellie (Brumbaugh) had a great night of scoring even though her three-ball wasn’t falling. Kerington (Haxton) also made a lot of good things happen. We will need more of this on Monday when we turn around and play Haven again in the first round of our substate.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS? The loss drops the Lady Vikings to just 6-14 to finish the regular season. Smoky Valley finishes just 2-7 in the Central Kansas League. They now have a quick turnaround as their first game of the Class 3A Sub-State will be on Monday when they go on the road to play Haven again. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Haven                          7          12        10        12        = 41

LADY VIKINGS              6          7          4          16        = 33

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (33 total points): Ellie Brumbaugh – 18; Kerington Haxton – 7; Breanna Priddy – 4; McKinley Johnson – 2; Kaylie Ryan – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (1): Kerington Haxton – 1.

Rebound Leader: Breanna Priddy – 8.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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