Vinton County Lady Vikings Struggle Early On.

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After losing two of the top players in the conference last year, it was expected that the Vinton County Lady Vikings would take a few steps back. However, with the promise shown by newcomer Cassie Bentley and the rising prospects of Sammy Thompson it seemed like the Lady Viking dominance could continue.

After an overtime loss to Nelsonville-York, Vinton County looked to prove they were still a top dog in their matchup against Alexander. This was not to be so for the Lady Vikings as the Lady Spartans dominated from start to finish. Alexander star Leah Richardson looked her usual self nearly earning a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds to help give her team the big 65-37 victory. Vinton County Head Coach Rod Bentley said that his team was never in this game and was simply outplayed by Alexander. Luckily for him, they will get another chance to prove their worth against Alexander in January.

In her fist game game against her old team, Jackson, Lady Viking standout Cassie Bentley looked to prove just how good her new team was. Once again for Vinton County the outcome did not go as hoped pushing their losing streak to three straight games. Although the game was much closer than the Alexander game with the Vikings losing 48-37, the team still did not look their best.

In each of the Vikings four losses they have scored less than 40 points, while in their two wins they have scored more than 50. This is a team that can score and score big; with so much pressure being put on Thompson and Bentley other teammates are going to need to step up in big games. If I had to guess I would say look out for Darian Radabaugh to be that teammate. Although she hasn’t found her groove yet this year she is a guard that can shoot and attack, a dual threat the Lady Vikings will need in their upcoming games.

Stayed tuned for more coverage from us at Hardwood Heroes as we will have all the information about the Lady Vikings games next week when they face Amanda, Wellston and Athens and try to improve upon their 2-4 record.