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!

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