Lady Vikings Tame Lady Wildcats to take Tournament Title

Hayley Pyatt (23) scored 13 points and added 5 assists for the Lady Vikings in the Championship (Phillip Greene Photo)

It was a night of runs Tuesday evening, with Avery’s Lady Vikings getting the final run to earn the 62-55 victory over the Draughn Lady Wildcats in the Lady Wildcat Christmas Invitational Tournament. Avery’s starters combined for 58 of their 62 points with four of the five starters scoring in double figures and three earning tournament honors.

Katelynn Eudy garnered Tournament MVP honors, scoring 10 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in the Finals (Phillip Greene Photo)

Avery made the first run, jumping on top early, but the Lady Wildcats would storm back to cut the Lady Viking advantage to just two after one.  The second quarter was much the same with the Lady Vikes padding their lead and the Lady Wildcats playing catch up to draw within one at 27-26 at the half.

The Lady Vikes took over in the third quarter, extending their lead to 10, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 20-11 in the period behind 8 points from Lauren Avery.  The Lady “Cats battled back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to four with just over two minutes remaining, but Avery would end the game with a 5-2 run to seal the 7 point victory.

Lauren Avery earned All-Tournament honors for the Lady Vikings in the Christmas Invitational (Phillip Greene Photo)

Lauren Avery led the Lady Vikings with a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 boards; while Sara Wiseman led all Avery scorers with 15.  Hayley Pyatte netted 13 points, Katelynn Eudy scored 10 and Elyse Perry cashed in 8 points and 8 assists for Avery.

Avery, Pyatte and Eudy garnered All-Tournament honors, with Eudy taking home Tournament MVP honors for the Lady Vikings.

The Viking Basketball teams return to action next week hitting the road for two games at Polk (Jan. 5) and Owen (Jan. 6), before returning home to face Madison on Friday, January 8.  JV Girls get action underway each evening at 4 PM.  Congratulations to the Lady Vikings on taking the Lady Wildcat Christmas Invitational.

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More Changes: Updated 5/5 @ 12:45

banner-for-webThe Lady Viking Soccer match scheduled for today is still on as Scheduled, the only change of note is that the game will be played at Polk Middle School rather than the High School…Seating is very limited, so bring a lawn chair if you have one.  Gametime is at 6 PM.  Go Lady Vikes!

Viking Schedule Changes

baseballsoftball-averyThe Baseball and Softball games scheduled for today, May 5, against Mountain Heritage have been rescheduled due to the rain in the area.  They have been rescheduled for Thursday, May 7, at Avery High.  Baseball will play at 4 PM and Softball will get underway at 4:30 PM.  Any other scheduling changes will be passed along as they become available.

Softball Knocks off TJCA to Open Busy Week

Morgan Yackey - 7 IP 3 H 0 R 4 BB 6 K against TJCA on Tuesday

Morgan Yackey - 7 IP 3 H 0 R 4 BB 6 K against TJCA on Tuesday

The Lady Viking softball squad sought revenge for the 3-2 loss to Thomas Jefferson early in the season, a game in which Avery pitcher Morgan Yackey pitched a no-hitter, but picked up the loss due to fielding errors.  Yackey again took to the circle to face the Lady Gryphons on Tuesday, and this time the outcome was much different.  Yackey pitched a complete game 3 hit shut-out, as Avery took a 6-0 victory on Tuesday.

The Lady Vikings got things started in the bottom of the first putting up 3 runs to take a 3-0 lead, and from that point they wouldn’t look back as they would add 2 in the bottom of the third and another in the 6th inning.  “This was a game we looked forward to playing since we lost to Thomas Jefferson the first game of the year,: stated Head Coach Merritt Yackey.  “That was a game we knew we should have won.  I was very pleased with our overall effort today, both offensively and defensively.   The first inning was important as we held them scoreless in the top of the inning despite making an error, and then scored three in the bottom of the first.  That created good momentum for us that we took advantage of for the entire game.

“I thought Morgan did a good job on the mound hitting her spots and getting key outs from our defense,” continued Yackey.  “Every infielder had an assist with Kaylea Davis recording six at second base.  Sara Singleton continues to improve her throws on steal attempts throwing out a runner and nearly getting a second.  Offensively, we are doing a good job of generating runs early in the game and continually putting the ball in play.

“To our credit, five of our six runs were earned runs.  Jusitna Rieger recorded three hits and had three RBI’s and Sam Shook had two hits.  This was a good win to help us prepare for two conference games later this week, with Mitchell and Hendersonville.”

The Lady Vikings will be at home today against the Mitchell Lady Mountaineers, and again on Friday against the Hendersonville Lady Bearcats.  Games will get underway at 4 PM.

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 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

Scoring:
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

Rebounding:
Avery — K. Ellis, 18; K. Eudy, 6

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

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

Steals:
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 www.nchsaa.org .  Congratulations to the Lady Vikings, and good luck as you move on!

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!