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Our Zach Mothersbaugh breaks down the matchup between the Vinton County Lady Vikings and Notre Dame Titans on February 6th, 2023

Vinton County Lady Vikings fall to Notre Dame in late non-conference matchup

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Portsmouth, Ohio (WOUB) – The Vinton County Vikings took a trip to Portsmouth Monday night to face an 18-2 Notre Dame Titans squad with state title aspirations. The Vikings put up a good fight against one of the best defenses in the region, however, turnovers hurt them, and ultimately fell to the Titans, 64-39.

The first quarter saw a lot of back and forth early as Vikings star Lindsey Riddle was locked in early on. Vinton County never held the lead in this one but was only sown 8-7 and 14-9 at various points in the first quarter. The Titans were scoring at will, though, as a 6-0 run gave them a 20-9 lead to end the first quarter.

Vinton County cleaned some things up in the second quarter and kept themselves in the game heading into the half. Lindsey Riddle had seven points and two assists heading into halftime, while Gracie Peters tallied five rebounds, which was significant for a team that has struggled to get rebounds all season. Notre Dame led heading into halftime, 32-19.

Vinton County found some ways to get to the free throw line and score down low in the third, but empty possessions and not being able to stop a high-powered Notre Dame offense let them fall behind even more entering the fourth, down 50-32.

The fourth quarter brought more of the same, as Notre Dame didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal and finished this one out, 64-39. 

Vinton County may have lost this one, but this was still a solid effort. They shot 50% as a team, yet turnovers are what ultimately gave them the loss, as they finished with 23 turnovers as a team. Had Vinton County been a little more careful with the ball, this one could’ve been a different story.

Notre Dame puts up points at will, which is led by their star point guard, Annie Dettwiller. Dettwiller, a 6’2” senior point guard, finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and only one turnover. Notre Dame ran their entire offense through her, and it’s paid off all season.