Tough ‘Knight’ for the Lady Vikings

Katelynn Eudy goes up for 2 of her 14 against the Lady Knights

Katelynn Eudy goes up for 2 of her 14 against the Lady Knights

Youth was the catalyst for the Robbinsville Lady Knights, as they ended the season of the Avery Lady Vikings on Friday evening in Newland.  Freshman guard Allison Beasley netted 21 points and Sophomore point guard Tacey Trammell scored 13 to push the Lady Knights past the Lady Vikes 64-46.

Leading the way for the Lady Vikes was Katie Ellis with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal; with Katelynn Eudy adding 14 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 steals and 3 assists, but it was not enough as remainder of the Lady Viking line-up added 14 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists on the evening.

Robbinsville (25-2) moves on to regional  play in Greensboro, facing off against Hiwassee Dam (28-5), looking to avenge their second loss of the season, as they fell to the Lady Eagles.  The winner of that game will go on to face the winner of Bishop McGuinness (26-4) and East Surry (25-5).  Congratulations to the Lady Vikings on their wonderful season!  More to come later.


Lady Vikings to Play Robbinsville Tonight in Sectional Finals

Avery’s Lady Vikings have moved on in the NCHSAA playoffs following their 87-36 shellacking of the Lady Rams from Highland Tech.  Avery used their balanced attack to perfection to dominate the boards and earned a berth in the sectional finals.  The Lady Vikings will take on the Robbinsville Lady Knights tonight at Avery High with the game slated to start at 7 PM. Go Vikes!

Lady Vikings Victorious in Opening Round of NCHSAA Playoffs

viking-background-basketballAvery’s Lady Vikings are moving on in the NCHSAA state championships after their 82-40 win over the Elkin Lady Buckin’ Elks.  Elkin took the floor but from the first of the game they appeared overmatched by the Lady Vikings, who dominated the boards, and basically ended the game by halftime.  In the first quarter the Lady Vikes came out with an intensity to match that of their opening round of the WHC tournament, pouring in the buckets, and seemingly scoring at will, jumping out to a quick 17-2 lead over the Lady Elks.

They would finish the first quarter outscoring the Lady Elks 12-10, wrapping up the period with a 29-12 advantage behind the offensive burst from Samantha Shook and Sara Wiseman, each scoring 10 in the quarter.  In the second quarter the Lady Elks would turn up the defense, holding Avery to just 10 points, but were unable to take advantage only scoring 6 points in the quarter; leaving Avery’s Lady Vikes with a 39-18 advantage at the half.

In the second half the Lady Vikings would again come out scoring at will and dominating the defensive side of the ball as well, forcing turnovers and outscoring the Lady Elks 18-14, to take a 57-32 lead into the final period.  In the final stanza the Lady Vikings would take the opportunity to get in some of the youth of the team, as they would pour in 25 points to close out the game, and take an 82-40 victory to move on to the second round of the tournament.

Leading the way for the Lady Vikes was Shook, scoring 17 points, and showing no ill effects from the hit she suffered in the championship game last friday night.  Wiseman finished with 13 points, with Katie Ellis scoring 12 points and pulling down 18 rebounds to go with 5 steals, 3 blocks and an assist.  Allison Vance added 10 for the Lady Vikings, as well as 6 assists, with Elyse Perry also adding 6 assists to go with her 6 points.

The Lady Vikings will play on Thursday, February 26, at Avery against Highland Tech in the second round of the NCHSAA playoffs.  Highland Tech (6-20) knocked off favored Rosman (20-6) in a 70-69 victory in Gastonia, surprising many as they advanced to take on the Lady Vikes.  Gametime will be around 7 PM at Avery High School.  The winner of Thursday night’s contest will move on to take on the winner of the Highlands/Robbinsville game; as Highlands knocked off Hendersonville in their opening round match-up, with Robbinsville making quick work of a clearly undermatched Hayesville team.
Elkin Lady Elks                 12     6      14      8    —    40
Avery Lady Vikings        29    10    18    25   —   87

Elkin —  J. Eldridge, 12; K. Brooks, 10; A. Newman, 10; T. Stike, 2; M. Spagnoletti, 2; A. Booker, 2;S. Snow 2
Avery — S. Shook, 17; S. Wiseman, 13; K. Ellis, 12; A. Vance, 10; L. Avery, 7; S. Singleton, 6; E. Perry, 6; K. Eudy, 6; M. Tennant, 4; M. Bentley, 1

Avery — K. Ellis, 18; K. Eudy, 6

Avery — A. Vance, 6; E. Perry, 6; S. Shook, 3; S. Singleton, 2

Avery — K. Ellis, 4; K. Eudy, 3; S. Wiseman, 1; M. Tennant, 1; A. Vance, 1

Avery — K. Ellis, 5; K. Eudy, 4; A. Vance, 2; S. Singleton, 2

In other Western Highlands Conference action tonight the Mitchell Lady Mountaineers struggled with a decent team from Maiden, with Mitchell taking the victory 54-53 to move on to the second round.  The Polk Lady Wolverines were also victorious on the evening over Swain to move them into the next round of games.  The Owen Warlasses fell to Pisgah, and Mountain Heritage took on Newton Conover in Burnsville.

On Monday night the Mitchell men traveled to Pisgah, falling in a tough match-up.  The Hendersonville men, as well as both Madison and Mountain Heritage, but Polk was unable to clinch the victory.  The Men’s tournament will continue tomorrow evening.  All Brackets can be viewed by following the Championship Bracket link on the homepage at .  Congratulations to the Lady Vikings, and good luck as you move on!

Weekend Update:

viking-background-basketballThe Avery Lady Vikings fell in a thriller on Friday night in the Western Highlands Conference Championship game to the Mitchell Lady Mountaineers 61-59.  The Lady Vikings pushed the Lady ‘Neers about as far as they could, but were unable to hold them off, with Mitchell winning on a shot from Samantha Smith with 6 seconds left on the clock.  The Lady Vikings would end the game with a last second heave from Sara Singleton that fell just short.  The Lady Vikes will move on into the State Playoffs as the 1 seed from the WHC however, because of the conference being a 1A/2A conference.  The Lady Vikings will begin their playoff run on Tuesday, February 24, at Avery High taking on Elkin in a first round matchup.  A victory will put them in the second round where they will face the winner of Rosman and Highland Tech.  The Lady Vikes played Rosman earlier in the season, coming away with a 49-45 victory at Cherryville in the Holiday Tournament that took place over the Christmas break.

viking-background-wrestlingIn Wrestling news, the Avery Vikings had one wrestler who competed in the State Individual Tournament; Brock Yackey’s 3rd place finish in the regional tournament moved him into the State bracket.  He fell to his first opponent in a tough match, and took a victory in his first round of the consolation bracket, ensuring that he would wrestle on Saturday.  On Saturday morning Yackey got a forfiet in his first match of the day, but then fell in the third round of the consolation tournament.  Congrats to Brock and to the Lady Vikings on outstanding seasons; full coverage of both stories will be up later in the week.

O What a Night! WHC Tournament in Full Swing…

viking-background-basketballThe Western Highlands Conference (WHC) Tournament is in full swing, and the Lady Vikings appear to be peaking at just the right time.  In similar fashion to last season the Lady Vikes are hitting on all cylinders at just the right time, blowing out both of their WHC opponents in the conference tournament.  Avery’s ladies hope to continue that success into this evening where they will face the 1 seed Lady Mountaineers from Mitchell.  Last season the Lady Vikings had a tough season, but were able to overcome that and defeat Mitchell in the tournament final; and this season are looking to do the same.

Avery bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season, 39 points at Mitchell last friday evening, to win two in convincing fashion when it counts.  They followed up Monday’s 79-41 victory over Hendersonville with a dominating performance against the Polk Lady Wolverines on Thursday evening at Avery High in the WHC tournament.  Avery jumped on the board quickly and often in the first quarter outscoring Polk 21-8 in the period, behind 6 points each from Allison Vance and Katie Ellis.  In the second quarter Katelynn Eudy would get in the mix scoring 8 of the Lady Vikings’ 23, leading the Lady Vikes to a 44-24 halftime lead.

Coming out of the half, the Lady Vikings would catch fire and again outscore the Lady Wolverines 23-16 in the period with a balanced attack as 9 Lady Vikes got on the board in the third, leading them to a 67-40 advantage going into the final stanza.  In the fourth the Lady Vikings would hold fast to their 27 point advantage, taking the victory 87-60 in the contest.  Four Lady Vikes would get into double digits with Ellis leading the way with 19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists.  Eudy added 17 points and 10 rebounds, also adding 3 blocks on the defensive end; Vance added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while adding 5 assists for the Lady Vikes; and Sara Wiseman added 14 points for the Lady Vikings.  Also getting in on the offensive side was Elyse Perry adding 3 points, but getting 5 assists; and Samantha Shook scoring 8 points and adding 4 assists.

The Lady Vikings came up big on the defensive end holding Polk’s leading scorer, Kiki Miller scoreless for the contest (Miller didn’t see action in the second half).  The Lady Wolverines would get 18 points from Toya Twitty, but it was not enough to keep the game close.  The Lady Vikings hope to continue their momentum into the Finals where they will face the Mitchell Lady Mountaineers, who barely squeeked by against the Lady Cougars of Mountain Heritage.  The Lady Vikes have lost to the Mitchell ladies twice this season, but are confident going into tonight’s contest.

Tournament Notes:

Lady Viking Scoring Average:  Season – 61.8 ppg   Tournament – 83 ppg
Team Assists:  Season – 13.5 assists  Tournament – 22.5 assists
Katie Ellis:  Season Averages – 12.9 points, 11.3 rebounds  Tournament – 18.5 points, 12 rebounds
Allison Vance: Season – 10.9 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds  Tournament – 10 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds
Opponent Scoring:  Season – 52.1 points   Tournament – 50.5

The Lady Viking JVs are also in the tournament final, taking on the Madison Lady Patriots.  The Tournament Schedule for this evening is as follows:

4 PM – JV Girls – (1) Avery Lady Vikings vs. (2) Madison Lady Patriots
5:30 PM – JV Boys – (1) Mountain Heritage Cougars vs. (2) Mitchell Mountaineers
7 PM – Varsity Girls – (1) Mitchell Lady Mountaineers vs. (2) Avery Lady Vikings
8:30 PM – Varsity Boys – (1) Madison Patriots vs. (2) Mountain Heritage Cougars

Looks to be a good night of basketball at Avery High in the WHC tournament championships tonight!

JV Girls Advance, Boys Fall in Thriller

The Avery JV squads were in action at Madison High tonight as part of the WHC Tournament.  The JV Boys played first this evening, and were looking to match their upset of the 1 seed Mountain Heritage that they had pulled off just over a week earlier.  The JV Boys fought hard, and led most of the game, pulling out all the stops, and playing the basketball that they have been playing for the last month or so of the season…a stretch that saw them win 5 of their last 7 games, including the last second miracle by Timmy Stewart as time ran out at Avery.

They held the lead for most of the game, going into the final stanza with a 4 point lead, but were unable to continue on, seeing the Cougars outscore them 17-4 in the final period to take a 37-28 victory over the JV Vikes.

In the second contest of the night for the Avery JV squads, the Lady Viking JVs took on Polk in a rematch of last Monday’s game in which Polk proved that Mercedes Bentley wasn’t going to be the one to beat them; as they ran a Triangle defense and double-teamed Bentley for the entirety of the night, holding her to her lowest point total of the season.  They again brought out the Triangle and two defense tonight, holding Bentley to just ten points, but the Lady Vikings were able to withstand the pressure and leave Marshall with the victory, 49-27; advancing them into the WHC tournament finals where they will face Madison on Friday at 4 PM at Avery.

The Varsity Girls will be in action tomorrow, Thursday, February 19 at Avery, taking on Polk at 4 PM, the winner will go on to face the winner of the Mitchell – Mountain Heritage game that will be played around 7.  In Varsity Boys action the Madison boys will face Hendersonville at 5:30 with the winner going on to face the winner of Mountain Heritage and Mitchell which will be played around 8:30.  The Championships will be held Friday at Avery with the JV grils getting underway around 4 PM.

Movin’ On!

viking-background-basketballThe Avery Lady Vikings and the Avery Viking JV boys both got victories in the Opening Round of the Western Highlands Conference Tournament on Monday, February 16 at Avery High School.  The new format of the tournament means that in the first round of the tournament the Higher seed gets a home game, and both teams took advantage of their home court.

The JV boys got the evening started with a tremendous game, playing Madison in their third close match-up of the season.  Avery’s JVs had split the season series with Madison, losing on a buzzer beater at Avery and then winning at Madison on a failed half-court attempt from the Patriots that would have tied the game.  Anticipation was high coming into the game, and fans were not disappointed.  The game went back and forth for much of the first half, but in the second half the Vikings found themselves looking up at a double digit deficit; but that would not deter them, as they would fight back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.  Avery would hold on with a 50-48 win, to earn their second victory over the Madison Patriots and move on in the WHC tournament.

The Lady Vikes would then take the floor in what would turn out to be more of a practice session for Avery.  Every player for the Lady Vikes got on the board as they ran away with the victory.  The Lady Vikings got their post-season started with a huge 79-41 victory over the Hendersonville Lady Bearcats.  Hendersonville got on the board first on a lay up from Brooks Walz, and then Avery went on a 16-4 run to close out the first quarter.  In the second quarter the Lady Vikings would have one of their best periods of play this season putting up 27 points while allowing only 13 to the Lady Bearcats.  The Lady Vikes would take a 43-19 lead into the half with three players getting into double figures in the first half, Katie Ellis and Katelynn Eudy each had 10 in the half, with Samantha Shook adding 11 points for Avery.

In the second half the Viking Ladies would again dominate the boards and pull away even more, outscoring the Lady Bearcats 36-21 in the half en route to the victory, moving them on in the WHC tournament.  Ellis led the way with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, an assist and a block.  Shook added 13 points, 3 assists and 2 boards; Eudy finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds; and Allison Vance added 8 points with 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.  Walz led all scorers with 19 points, but it was not enough to overcome the balanced attack of the Lady Vikes.

The Lady Vikings will play at 4 PM on Thursday, February 19, in the semifinals of the WHC tournament against Polk who pulled out a close victory against the Madison Patriots.  Polk and Avery split the season with each team winning on their home floor, but with the Tournament being hosted at Avery it looks to be the Lady Vikes moving on.  The other semifinal contest will pit the (1)  Mitchell Lady Mountaineers, who had a bye in the first round, against the Lady Cougars of Mountain Heritage, who got a double overtime victory over the Owen Warlassies in Burnsville on Monday evening.

The JV Vikings will be in action on Wednesday night in Marshall in the JV semifinals, facing the Mountain Heritage Cougars in a rematch of last weeks last second win for the Vikes.  The JV girls will be in action on Wednesday as well against the winner of the Owen and Polk JV women that will take place tonight at Polk County High School.  The Varsity Boys will be in action this evening, February 17, at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville, following the JV Girls action between Heritage and Mitchell, game time will be approximately 6:30 PM.

The WHC tournament is being hosted at Avery High on Thursday and Friday evenings, the Semifinals will get underway at 4 PM on thursday with the Lady Vikings taking on Polk County.  Friday night will be the championship contests with the JV Girls Championship getting underway at 4 PM.  Head on out for some great basketball action at Avery High this week.