LINDSBORG — After a strong second half, Smoky Valley High School boys basketball team got the 73-50 victory over Nickerson High School. The Vikings will move on to the Class 4A DII Sub-State finals to face Chapman High School Saturday at 7:30 p.m in Lindsborg.
The Vikings started off hot after making three consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter. Throughout the game, the Vikings were able to find wide open 3-point shots, making eight of them the entire game.
"I'm really pleased about our performance tonight. We ended up going on a nice run and found open guys. The biggest keys for us was we made sure that they are open in rhythm whether it's a two or three. We did a good job looking for people," Smoky Valley head coach Doug Schneider said after the game.
Nickerson wouldn't go away as they found a way to keep it a closer game in the first half by making some open shots of their own. It was 31-24 at halftime.
"They got some great shots against us to stay in the game for awhile. We felt like it was going to wear us down. Hats off to Nickerson for playing extremely hard to challenge us until the end," Schneider said.
However, the second half was all Vikings. Nickerson was outscored 42-26. Nick Reinert was the facilitator the entire game. Not only was he the leading scorer with 19 points, he also was able to look for open shots for his teammates as well.
"He's a competitor. He loves to win and some of the things that make him so good that he find his shots and finds other guy's shots. He did a good job managing the court tonight," Schneider said.
After Friday night’s win, the Vikings will have little time to rest as they will focus on Chapman in the finals. Chapman is fresh off a tough battle against Concordia High School, defeating them 60-58.
"We got some ideas for Chapman. They are a good, athletic team and they had a great season, knocking off some solid teams. We're going to have to bring it Saturday night. Any time you have to play back-to-back nights, it's like a battle of attrition. We hope we have enough gas in the tank and make more plays than they do," Schneider said.
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