LINDSBORG — Outside of the game’s first minute, everything seemed to go Smoky Valley High School’s way Friday night against Clay Center.
Clay Center made back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, but once Smoky Valley erased the early deficit, the Vikings never trailed again.
Led by four players in double figures, Smoky Valley eased to a 66-37 win Friday night at home. It was a near flawless performance from the Vikings, and perhaps the team’s best all year.
The Vikings had the 3-ball working early for them. Matt Lucas ended the first quarter by banking in a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Up 20-10 after one quarter, Clay Center made its final push in the second.
Clay Center went on a 9-1 run to bring the game within two points. The Vikings responded by going on a 10-0 run over the final 3:30 of the half to take a 31-19 lead into halftime.
There was no letup in the second half. The Vikings outscored the Tigers by 10 points in the third quarter and by seven in the fourth.
After falling behind by six points in the first quarter, it was complete domination the rest of the way for Smoky Valley.
Ben Weldy led all scorers with 15 points. Nick Reinert, Zach Able, and Brett Heitschmdit all had 12 points a piece.
Carson Windholz was especially terrific on the defensive side, but also finished with seven points.
Smoky Valley will look for its second win in a row Tuesday night at Hoisington.
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