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.

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