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Viking girls grab first win

December 19, 2012
Huntington North High School

Viking girls grab first win

By Justin Shockey sports@h-ponline.com | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Huntington North Viking girls’ basketball team got their first win of the year on Saturday. 

After falling dramatically close to Ft. Wayne Canterbury 57-50 on Dec. 6 and in overtime 54-51 to Ft. Wayne Luers on Dec. 11, head coach BreAnne Dyer said it was nice to get a blowout 63-36 win against NCC rival Richmond on Saturday at home.

“It’s not that we are playing bad it’s because we’ve been playing really tough teams,” Dyer said. “The girls have been learning and using what they’ve learned in these losses as a growing experience.”

Since the season began in early November the team has lost nine times in a row.  Dyer said that all ended Saturday afternoon because the team was more patient in its attacking game.

“The offense was more patient and worked the ball to find gaps and then attack those gaps,” she said.  “Those gaps were not there in the past and everyone contributed to attack them. We have been saying we needed contributions from everyone and in that game everyone stayed patient and took good shots.”

The Vikings shot more than 60 percent from the field while the Devils shot under 30 percent. Allyson Trout and Lindsey Foster both scored 17 points on 5-of-8 from the field. Paige Coolman also found herself in double-digits with 10 points on 4-of-6 from the field.

“All season we’ve said scoring needs to take place from one person to the next,” Dyer said. “It was great seeing three people in double figures at the end of the game. We hammered in the fact that it won’t take one person scoringto winball-games so we stepped up as a team.”

During the first half the Viking girls built themselves a comfortable 35-17 lead after shooting 13-of-19 from the field. Theycontinuedthat success in the second half by finishing strong on the defensive side of the ball.  Richmond top-scorer Mackenzie Taylor attempted to take the game into her own hands but failed to do so, eventually only hitting 7-of-20.

Dyer said another major factor in this team’s ability to be competitive is its play off the bench from Maddie Klender. After only two starts in ten games, Klender recorded six rebounds in the win against Richmond.

“It’s nice to know I can look to the bench to contribute in such a big way,” Dyer said.  “She has been a huge threat in every game she’s played in.”

The Viking girls’ have two more big Ft. Wayne opponents in Wayne and North before continuing competition against NCC opponent Logansport on Jan. 5. The Vikingstravelto Fort Wayne Wayne tonight. Tipoff for the varsity game is around 7:45 p.m.

Dyer said although her team has been using the losses as learning experiences, they need to start taking control of their opportunities more.

“We need to keep the good things going that we had Saturday,” she said.  “It will be another good opportunity against Wayne and we need to come out and play with heart.  When we get these opportunities we cannot waste them.”


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