A late second quarter run by Sterling doomed the Smoky Valley boys Friday night in front of a home crowd.
A late second quarter run by Sterling doomed the Smoky Valley boys Friday night in front of a home crowd. The Vikings (1-4) and the Black Bears (2-4) were neck and neck throughout the first quarter, with the Vikings holding a 14-11 advantage at the buzzer. Sterling fought back in the second, though, and exploded for a run towards the end of the quarter that gave them a 10 point lead they would never relinquish, going into the locker room at the half up 33-23. Smoky Valley battled throughout the second half, but just couldn’t stave off a hot Sterling team, falling 63-51. “I thought our effort, overall, was pretty good,” Smoky Valley coach Doug Schneider said. “The biggest disappointment, for me, is that we talked in the locker room before the game about the two guys we needed to shut down, (Jake) Jaderston and (Austin) Maxwell, then we give up five threes in the first half to Jaderston.” Jaderston would lead all scorers with 19 points. Briton Hawk led the Smoky Valley scoring attack with 17 points, while Andy Osner added 13 as the only two Vikings in double digits. Kirk Engelland had 15 points and Maxwell added 14 for Sterling. Despite the loss, Schneider was proud of the effort his team put forth. “We played all the way to the finish,” Schneider said. “I told our guys in the locker room, ‘just don’t get frustrated.’ I thought we got frustrated in the second quarter when Holden (Hendricks) got into foul trouble and we had to sit him. Our guys got kind of tired out there because we’re not really that deep yet.” The Vikings have one more game before the holiday break, a road trip to Hillsboro Tuesday to face a Trojan team that dominated Lyons Friday 41-29. Smoky Valley — Norberg 3 0-0 6; Osner 6 1-2 13; Walton 1 0-0 2; Hendricks 3 0-0 6; Hawk 7 0-0 17; Schneider 1 2-2 7. Sterling — Jaderston 1 2-6 19; Galyon 0 1-2 1; Bagby 2 2-4 6; Engelland 4 7-10 15; Buckman 2 1-2 8; Maxwell 3 8-10 14.