Friday, April 25, 2014

Viking girls 'rewarded' in win

By The Herald Staff | 12/14/2013

With a tight 50-46 win over Spring Hill Friday night, the Central Heights Lady Vikings took third place in the Ike Cearfoss Preseason Tournament played at Central Heights.

The Lady Vikings had a 35-24 lead going into the fourth quarter of action. Spring Hill put up 22 points in the final quarter to make things interesting, but Central Heights held on to go 2-1 in the tournament that took place all week.

With a tight 50-46 win over Spring Hill Friday night, the Central Heights Lady Vikings took third place in the Ike Cearfoss Preseason Tournament played at Central Heights.

The Lady Vikings had a 35-24 lead going into the fourth quarter of action. Spring Hill put up 22 points in the final quarter to make things interesting, but Central Heights held on to go 2-1 in the tournament that took place all week.

“Great win for the girls tonight,” Scott Lane, Central Heights girls head coach, said. “I am so proud of the girls’ effort and determination, especially on the defensive end. These girls refused to quit, and I am so happy they were rewarded with this win.”

Central Heights junior Sydney Meyer led all scorers with 20 points.

“I thought our posts (Kenzie Hayward, senior, and Meyer) really established themselves and fought hard in the post the whole game,” Lane said.

The Lady Vikings (3-1) play Burlington at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.

Central Heights (50) — Meyer 20, Erhart 12, Hayward 10, Kraus 5, Furst 2, Markley 1.

Spring Hill (46) — VanZant 10, Cluck 9, Duncan 5, Smith 5, Ward 4, Davids 3, Mikesece 2, Weaver 2.

Valley Falls 44, Wellsville 31

    WELLSVILLE — Digging themselves out of a hole was the theme of the Wellsville girls’ Friday-night loss to Valley Falls, coach Brock Campbell said.

“We like normal dug ourselves a hole and had to dig ourselves back out,” Campbell said of the 44-31 home loss for Wellsville.

After a good first half, the Lady Eagles were only down by one point in the third quarter.

But a persistent fouling issue proved difficult for the team to overcome, Campbell said.

“We were down and had trouble scoring in the fourth quarter,” he said. “... We fouled too much again.”

Three scorers led the game with 8 points each, he said. They were Emily Newhouse, Ashley Sparks and Mariah Kayhill.

“(Kayhill) had two 3’s, which helped a lot,” he said.

The Lady Eagles play again 4:30 p.m. Friday at Eudora.

Valley Falls (44) — Pickerell 13, Harrington 8, Coleman 6, Frakes 4, Brown 4, Gish 2, Gipson 2.

Wellsville (31) — Newhouse 8, Sparks 8, Kayhill 8, Draniewski 3, Geist 2, Patton 2.

Independence 47, Central Heights 25

Sometimes a hot shooter can be the difference. Central Heights found that out Thursday in a 47-25 loss to Independence in the semifinals of the Ike Cearfoss Tournament.

“Although the scoreboard may not reflect it, we are improving on defense,” Lane said. “We ran into a buzz saw with [Haniger]. She couldn’t miss from beyond the arch. We got some great looks, but could never get our shots falling but that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

She hit six treys en route to 22 points. Independence outscored Central Heights, 35-16, in the middle two quarters.

Hayward paced the Vikings with nine points.

Independence (47) — Welch 2, McGray 2, Haniger 22, Marquis 2, Groh 13, Derrick 4, Mathin 2.

Central Heights (25) — Erhart 3, Kraus 6, Markley 4, Meyer 3, Hayward 9.

Valley Falls 50, West Franklin 40

OSKALOOSA — West Franklin fell to Valley Falls, 50-40, Thursday in Oskaloosa.

Bailey Whittington led the Falcons with 10 points.

Valley Falls (50) — Jepson 3, Watson 6, Harrington 2, Pickerell 9, Brown 18, Coleman 12.

West Franklin (40) — Reed 7, Steele 8, Bailey Shaffer 5, Whittington 10, Brittany Shaffer 2, Flory 2, Yelland 2, Ryan 4.

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