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Vinton County falls to Marietta in back-and-forth nailbiter

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WOUB) – The Vinton County Vikings fell to the Marietta Tigers on Wednesday night in an intense, back-and-forth, nailbiter of a game.

The Vikings looked to build on their six-game win streak heading into Wednesday night’s matchup, however Marietta’s powerful defense and Vinton County’s struggle with turnovers resulted in the Vikings experiencing their third loss of the season.

“The turnovers we got to clean up,” said head coach Brett Jones. “That’s really all that we need to take away is that we got to clean up the turnovers.”

Marietta started with the momentum in their favor, as Vinton County tallied seven turnovers in the first eight minutes of play. In the second quarter, Vinton County was able to change the fate of the game and head into halftime with a 24-21 lead.

Seniors Tegan Bartoe and Cameron Zinn made a collective impact combining for 20 points.

“As a coach, you always ask for effort and energy and these girls give 100%,” Jones said. “This team’s going to play the hardest.”

Vinton County started off the third quarter strong, but it was not long until the Vikings faced more trouble with turnovers resulting in Marietta regaining the lead.

Once the Tigers regained momentum midway through the fourth quarter, there was no chance for revival. Marietta finished strong with a 56-49 victory.

The Lady Vikings look to bounce back on Saturday when they face off against Wheelersburg. The Pirates are the No. 1 ranked team in Div. III according to the latest AP Ohio basketball poll.