LINDSBORG—A rough second quarter spelled a 57-48 loss for the Smoky Valley girls basketball team on Friday at home against Concordia, while the Smoky Valley boys used a strong second half to gain a 53-42 victory.

In the Viking boys game, Concordia held the upper hand for the entire first half, holding a four-point, 14-10 lead after the first quarter and then taking 24-18 advantage into the halftime break. Coming out after the break, Smoky Valley turned up the defense and held Concordia to just five third quarter points while scoring 14 to take a three-point, 32-29 lead into the final quarter where they outscored Concordia 21-13 to gain the 11-point, 53-42 win.

Blake Heble led the Viking offense with 16 points, while Cole Brumbaugh also reached double digits with 11 and Cade Schneider just missed double figures with nine. All of Schneider’s points came from beyond the arc.

After being tied at 7-7 after one quarter of play, the Lady Vikings offense went ice cold and scored just four points in the second stanza while Concordia dropped in 18 to take a sizable 25-11 lead into halftime. Like the boys, the Smoky Valley girls came out in the second half and stepped up their defense and offense both by outscoring their visitors 37-32 in the final two quarters, which while good it was not enough as the Lady Vikings came up short and took the 57-48 loss.

“We couldn’t score in the second quarter but then scored 37 points in the second half,” said Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege during his post-game coach reflections. “We got within four a time or two but couldn’t get over the hump. Concordia had one player that was big in the fourth quarter and hit the shots to keep us at arm’s length. All in all, it was a great second half effort that came up just short.”

As for the individual performances, Kira Haxton and Lana Clark led the Lady Viking offense with 11 points each as seven girls put at least two points in the scorebook.

The Smoky Valley hoopsters will be back on the court on Tuesday, Dec. 11 when they travel to Hesston.

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