The Smoky Valley girls basketball team relied on consistency Tuesday night as they scored an 11-point, 65-54 victory on the road at Southeast of Saline.

Two 17-point quarters to start the game gave the Lady Vikings a 10-point, 34-24, advantage when the two teams headed to the halftime break and then Smoky Valley came out an scored 11 in the third and matched an attempt at a comeback by Southeast of Saline in the fourth quarter with 20 points to earn the win.

“The Lady Vikings jumped out to an early lead and built a 34-24 lead at the half,” pointed out Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “We came out strong in the third quarter and withstood a fourth quarter rally attempt, hitting the free throws down the stretch to secure the win.”

Rebounds, three-point shots and free throws made the major difference in the game as Smoky Valley out rebounded Southeast of Saline 28-17, hit six more three pointers and made 11 more free throws by the end of the game.

Breanna Priddy led the Lady Vikings as she dropped in 17 points while just missing a double-double with nine rebounds and hit seven-of-eight free throws down the stretch. Adrian Hazelwood joined Priddy in double digits with 12 while both Kerington Haxton and Ellie Brumbaugh did as well with 11 points each.

Coach Van Der Wege discussed the keys to the game during his post-game reflections by saying, “Two keys to the game for us was the ability to utilize our size inside on the offensive end and to be able to defend without folding. We succeeded in both cases enough for the win. Southeast of Saline has a very quick, scrappy team and they turned us over more than desired but overall, our girls handled their pressure and worked the ball around for good shots. We also shot over 70% at the free throw line for the game, including 10-of-13 in the fourth quarter. Great team effort overall.”

The Lady Vikings will return to the home hardwood on Friday when they play host to Concordia.

SMOKY VALLEY at Southeast of Saline

SCORING:        1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY VIKINGS 17        17        11        20        65

SE of Saline     10        14        10        20        54

TEAM STATS:              LADY VIKINGS SE of Saline

FGM-FGA                    18-50               21-64

3PTM-3PTA                 9-21                 3-18

FTM-FTA                     20-27               9-13

REBOUNDS                  28                    17

ASSISTS                       4                      2

TURNOVERS                23                    16

STEALS                        5                      2

BLOCKED SHOTS         0                      0

FOULS                          16                    21


Breanna Priddy = 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7-8 on free throws.

Adrian Hazelwood = 12 points, 7-8 on free throws.

Kerington Haxton = 11 points.

Ellie Brumbaugh = 11 points, 3 3-pointers.

McKinley Johnson = 6 points, 5 rebounds.

Tinley Scott = 3 points.

Claire Broxterman = 3 points.

Abby Rose = 2 points.

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