Viking Girls Win First Game of Season

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Johannah Ashworth scans the paint for an open teammate. Photo by Adolphus Ames.

By Adolphus Ames –

The Lady Vikings hosted their first varsity basketball game of the season Monday, Dec. 6. The Vikings faced a hungry Nandua Warriors team looking to bounce back from a loss to the Salisbury Dragons. The Vikings won 45-23.

The Vikings jumped on the scoreboard first and dominated most of the first half with their fast-paced offense. At halftime they led 27-7. In the second half, the Warriors gained momentum and fought gallantly to keep themselves in the game. They slowed the Vikings down with suffocating defense, but couldn’t generate enough offense to steal the victory.

Taylor Leland led the Vikings offense with 11 points and two steals. Molly Brown had 8 points, one rebound, and three steals. Faith Johnson had 8 points, two rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Suzanna Long had 6 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Leah Smith had 5 points, three rebounds, and one steal. Hayley Nalls had 4 points, two rebounds, and one steal. Elizabeth Price had 2 points, one rebound, and three steals. Johannah Ashworth had 1 point, two rebounds, and one steal.

Warriors head coach Lynn Williams saw several positives during the game. “We did not handle their press very well in the first half and allowed many easy baskets off of turnovers,” he said. “But our energy was better in the second half and going man-to-man slowed them down.” 

Reghan Hintz led the Warriors offense with 9 points. Kallie Williams had five points. Imani Berryhill had 5 points. Brittany Dennis had 3 points. Bo Braxton and Keira Wheatley each had 2 points. 

The Lady Vikings played again on Thursday, Dec. 9. They traveled to Oak Hall to face the Arcadia Firebirds. Their next home game is Dec. 16 against Worcester Prep School at 4 p.m.

The Lady Warriors played again on Wednesday, Dec. 8. They traveled to Chesapeake to face Great Bridge High School and lost 73-6. Their next home game is Saturday, Dec. 18, against Northumberland High School at 1:30 p.m.

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