Athens Lady Bulldogs Beat the Vinton County Lady Vikings 64-56

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The Athens Lady Bulldogs (5-0) took their talents to McArthur, Ohio, to take on the Vinton County Lady Vikings (3-3) for a battle of the TVC-Ohio Monday night.

This game was back and forth throughout the entire duration of the contest.

However, it was the Lady Bulldogs of Athens High School who came out victorious 64-56.

But the Vinton County Lady Vikings was the team to throw the first punch. 

They jumped out to a comfortable 13-6 lead early on in the first quarter.

The Lady Vikings game plan was designed to get every Vinton County forward touch in the paint and have a dominant post presence.

Leading the way for Vinton County was star junior forward Jamee Park who played very well, scoring the first 6 points of the ball game.

Also playing very well was the freshman sensation, Michaela Puckett.

No lead is safe against Athens, though.

The Lady Bulldogs slowly clawed their way back into the first quarter.

However, the Lady Vikings were able to start the second quarter with a nice five point lead, 20-15.

Both teams fought hard all throughout the second quarter. 

It was still a back-and-forth eight minutes of play with the Vinton County Lady Vikings keeping their five point lead into the intermission of Monday's competition.

"So far, this game is everything every parent and fan could ask for," said Hardwood Heroes Vinton County reporter Avery Jennings.

"I'm just excited to see what the second half will bring.

I don't know if Vinton county has what it takes to contain Dominique Doseck (Athens point guard) for all four quarters."

Avery's intuition was right. 

Athens baller Dominique Doscek came out of halftime on fire.

She connected on just about everything she shot, from anywhere on the floor.

Doseck was definitely the difference maker in the second half.

When the third quarter finally came to a close, the Athens Bulldogs had their first lead of the game, 48-45.

"She's something special," said Hardwood Heroes Vinton County reporter Nathan Takitch on Dominique Doseck. "When she wants to play, there's no stopping her. She is that good."

After being held to seven points in the first half, Doseck went off for 31 in the second. 

She tallied 38 total points on the night.

The Lady Bulldog dominance did not lack in the fourth quarter. 

Athens' defense was another key to their second half comeback against the Vinton County Lady Vikings

"We talked about doing what we do best as a team and that's play defense," said Athens Head Coach Wayne Horsely.

"We had expectations to step up our defense and keep up with the rebounds," Dominique Doseck said.

With the Lady Bulldogs clicking on all cylinders in the final minutes of play, the Vinton County Lady Vikings were not.

The Lady Vikings had costly turnovers; however, were still not out of the game until the clock struck zero.

With the late push by Athens, it gave them the edge in this TVC-Ohio grudge match 64-56.

"It was heartbreaking because we wanted it so bad, but there's always next time," said Vinton freshman forward Michaela Puckett.

 

These two teams will meet again in Athens this January.

Usually the second meeting between these two schools determines who will be crowned TVC-Ohio champion, but until then, both teams need to get work done with the rest of their conference play.

Athens is set to  take on the Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes this Thursday night and the Lady Vikings host to the Alexander Lady Spartans.