Vinton County secures section semifinal win over Washington Court House< < Back to
McARTHUR, Ohio (WOUB) – For the second straight season, Vinton County hosted a Section
Semifinal Monday night, hosting the 18th seeded Washington Court House Blue Lions. Vinton County came into this game with a lot of momentum, and rode it to victory tonight over Washington, winning by a final score of 59-54.
Vinton County has had trouble with slow starts in the first quarter this season, and tonight was more of the same. Washington Court House made four of its first five shots to get out to an early 11-3 lead. However, the Vikings fought back, and ended the quarter down 15-14.
The second quarter was back and forth throughout, but the emphasis should be put on just how high scoring the quarter and the first half itself were. That being said, the first half ended 31-30 with the Blue Lions up. For reference, Vinton County lost to Alexander earlier this season by a final score of 33-30. The Vikings were two points away from that score in the first half.
The Vikings began to pull away in the third quarter, where they really began to see the ball reach the bottom of the net. Vinton County used multiple runs to pull ahead at the end of the third, 48-38. Vinton County made threes left and right and scored in transition.
Court House fought back in the fourth but it was too little too late. Vinton County was able to pull away with a postseason win the for the second year in a row, winning 59-54. Vinton County was led by its two seniors, with Lakin Williams scoring 23 points and grabbing 6 rebounds, while McKenna Thompson notched her second-straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
While Washington’s season is over, Vinton County will face two-seeded Circleville on Thursday night at Zane Trace. Coach Brett Jones believes his team will have a shot as long as they match Circleville’s physicality and intensity.