Lady Vikings Uses Physical Play to Get Past Marietta

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The phrase, a tale of two halves is often used to describe a game, and that was the case in tonight’s game featuring Vinton County Lady Vikings and Marietta Lady Tigers. All though the game was tied at 19 at half time, a second half offensive explosion from both team’s end with Vinton County pulling out a 60-51 victory.

Early on, both teams struggled with poor shooting and turnovers. Marietta had 11 first half turnovers, however both teams had near ten steals in the first half, showing the early defensive tenacity. The Marietta crowd provided a raucous environment early on in the game and seemed to cause poor passes from the Vikings. But the Vikings defense was equally smothering, causing errant passes all over the court. Early on both teams struggled to even get shots off, and when shots got off, they were often missed.

The second half saw the game quickly turn around. Three players from Marietta, and two from Vinton County, quickly took the game over. Caleigh Doan got hot from three to start the second half, connecting on her first three attempts. Meanwhile, Natalie Brooks and Tyanna Washburn were scoring and helping to control the boards. While the Tiger trio tried to grab control of the game, the Vikings duo exerted control.

Brooks and Washburn both played phenomenal games finishing with nine rebounds each and 10 and 12 points respectively. While Brooks and Washburn were all over the court wreaking havoc, Sammy Thompson and Cassie Bentley were even bigger forces on the game. They took the game over by the fourth quarter by combining for over half of the Vikings points. Bentley had 23 points and 10 rebounds and was able to help ice the game by running the point while being pressed. Thompson had 17 points, and although she fouled out late in the fourth, the points she put up were enough to create a big enough lead for the Vikings. Combining for 2/3rd of your team’s points always shows taking a game over, but their influence on the board and defense was key for a Viking Victory.

Vinton County next plays Nelsonville-York December 8th; team considered to be one of the strongest teams in the TVC-Ohio. It will serve as a big test to a younger Viking team, and will show the teams true potential.