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Week In Review: Vinton County Vikings Dominate Over Winter Break

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The Vinton County Vikings didn’t have any holiday jitters as the men’s and women’s teams added holiday joy by winning all their games from December 23 through December 29.

For the Lady Vikings (8-1) they traveled to play the Unioto Shermans as the undefeated Shermans (8-0) looked to continue their winning streak last Monday. For this game it was all Vinton County as the Lady Vikings took an eight-point lead into the half and went on to give the Shermans their first loss on the season as the Lady Vikings won 52-41. 

Morgan Bentley led the way for the Lady Vikings with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and helped Vinton County move to 9-1.

Vinton County then finished their week with a matchup against the Dublin Jerome Celtics. The Lady Vikings would move to 10-1 as they beat the Celtics by 22 with a final score of 63-41.Three Lady Vikings scored 15 or more points as Tegan Bartoe led the way with 17, Josie Ousley with 16 and Morgan Bentley scored 15. 

It’s easy to take it easy during the holiday season, but the Vinton County men’s team stayed determined by having their only day off of practice being Christmas.  

On the men’s side of the court the Vikings (5-2) had two games back to back on Friday and Saturday. The Vikings were dominant in both matchups as the won by a combined margin of 38. Vinton County’s first matchup was against Southeastern Panthers where the Vikings went on to win 54-41. Lance Montgomery scored 15 en route to a Vinton County victory. 

After a short period of rest the Vikings were back in action against Washington Court House. Montgomery lead the team in scoring again with 16 points followed by Gavin Arbaugh with 13. Vinton County went on to win 64-39 improving their record to 7-2.

“It’s a great place to be after nine games into the season,” head coach Mike Combs said. “But we still aren’t satisfied.”

The Vikings certainly did not let any holiday plans get in the way of playing basketball as both teams went 2-0 and won all games by at least double digits. Now the Vikings head on to the week with a lot of momentum going their way. 

The Vinton County men’s team will travel to play Farifield Union on January 3 and the Lady Vikings will play Wheelersburg on January 4 for their next match as both teams hope to start the new year off with a win.