Lady Vikes Win Battle Against Miami Trace

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The Southeastern High School gym was filled to the brim with supporters of each team sitting on their unofficially-designated sides of the court. The excitement was in the air and it was contagious for both teams – Vinton County and Miami-Trace.

The Lady Vikes set the tone of the game by playing aggressively from the jump. Halfway through the first quarter, Vinton County was up 11-0 and a timeout was called by the Lady Panthers.

Once the timeout ended, the Lady Vikes maintained their lead for the rest of the game. Vinton County (21-1) worked together in unity once again to move forward in the playoffs by defeating Miami-Trace (15-6) 53-39.

The game was physical on both sides of the ball, with multiple steals and jump-balls called from battling it out on the court. During the third quarter, two girls from each team were found on the floor grabbing at the ball.

The two stand out players of the night were freshman Lacie Williams and sophomore Morgan Bentley.

Williams stepped up to the plate during the game, becoming a team leader. She came alive, scoring 12 of her 19 points from beyond the arc, and tallied an additional four rebounds and one assist.

Following behind her Bentley, who scored 15 points, had six rebounds off the glass and two assists.

With the two combining for 34 points together, the dynamic duos cohesiveness spread to the rest of team. Other players who put points on the board include Josie Ousley (nine points), Cameron Zinn (seven points) and Tegan Bartoe (four points).

Even though the Lady Panther’s fell short in the game, they still matched baskets and their level of intensity throughout all four quarters.

Stand out players for Miami-Trace include Shay McDonald, who dropped 21 points and had seven rebounds. Following behind her was teammate Olivia Wolfe, who scored 10 points and seven rebounds.

Vinton County will play Thursday, Feb. 28 against Washington Court House.