GUERNSEY – The Lady Vikings went up against an Arvada-Clearmont team last Saturday who shot over 60% from the field and claimed 19 steals with a suffocating press.
For the most part, things can be gleaned from even bigger losses and there were a lot of positives to take away from the 66-31 loss. The first quarter was respectable, losing only 16-7 as was the third quarter being outscored only by 10 points. In the fourth quarter the Lady Vikings were only outscored by three points.
By halftime, Arvada had built a 36-14 lead and just kept building until the end. The silver lining for the Lady Vikings was their shooting percentage from the field at almost 50%, 50% shooting from the free throw line and outrebounding the Panthers 29-16.
Riley Thompson also a bright spot on the day had a career game. She shot 73% from the field, had 18 points, 18 rebounds, 7 blocked shots and gathered two steals. The Panthers simply had no answer for her as she played both ends of the floor effectively.
Afton Kelley added nine points for the Lady Vikings and she shot 80% from the field. She also led the team with four assists and she harvested six boards. Stoney Dimas added two points, Paige Andrews had one and only had four turnovers navigating her passes through a very tough defense. Libby Logan had one point.
“We are still looking for more consistency,” said head coach Brandi McCoid. “I was hoping that we’d be gelling better and playing together better, but we are not quite there yet. I feel that we are like a roller coaster. They’ve just got to stop giving up on themselves because we don’t give up on them. We still have an eye on regionals and we’re not going to quit believing in that.”
The girls will play at home Friday against Rock River (3-5) at 4 p.m. where they will be looking for their second win of the season.