LINDSBORG — A 12-3 run to start the second half gave the Hutchinson Trinity girls basketball team all the momentum they needed to hold off Smoky Valley High School.
The Vikings led after the first quarter and took a two-point lead into halftime. And although the game was never out of reach, the Vikings never led after after the 4:30 mark of the third quarter as Trinity closed the door on a 40-29 win.
“We were not on sync on offense,” head coach John Bellah said. “They came out in the second half and smacked us in the mouth and we didn’t answer well.”
Neither team could buy a basket early on. Trinity led 1-0 for most of the first quarter until Kate Deterding scored five points in the final minute, including a buzzer beating 3-pointer, which gave the Vikings a 5-1 lead after one.
Both teams created easier buckets in transition in the second quarter. The Vikings led by as many six on a couple of occasions before Trinity went on a 8-4 to close the half.
The third quarter was the dagger. Deterding ended the initial 12-3 Trinity run with a 3-point play that closed the gap to four. Although the SVHS defense was solid all night, the offense wasn’t clicking.
Even with the offensive struggles, the defense kept the Vikings in the game until the final few minutes. Trinity claimed a double-digit lead with two minutes left which was too much for Smoky Valley to overcome. Smoky Valley was outscored 24-11 in the second half.
“There really wasn’t anything good that happened tonight,” Bellah said. “They played well. They came out and did what they were supposed to do. But we did not.”
Deterding led Smoky Valley with eight points, Kaylee James pitched in with seven. As a team, Smoky Valley shot just 11 of 43 from the field.
Bellah said he’s ready to shift mindsets from this game as his team travels to top-ranked Clay Center on Friday.
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