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Shooting woes cost Lady Vikes in first loss
Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:19 AM
Poor shooting, particularly from the free-throw line, cost the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team as it lost to host Whitko, 57-51, on Friday, Nov. 22.
The Lady Vikes, 2-1, hit only 21 of 58 shots from the field for 36.2 percent, and compounded the problem with a 7 of 23, 30.4 percent performance at the stripe.
Senior center Paige Coolman led the Lady Vikes with 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. Lindsey Foster added 15 points and Alyssa Hiple chipped in with 10.
The Layd Vikes jumped out to a 16-13 lead after the first quarter but trailed at halftime 30-23 after notching only seven points in the second frame. They trailed after three quarters, 43-35.
Whitko, 3-1, was led by Aly Reiff, who dominated to the tune of 21 points and 18 rebounds. Kelly Reiff added 13 points and Jennifer Reiff had 10.
Maddie Klender added to the Lady Vikes' cause with a team-high five assists. Hiple added to her game with a team-high six steals and six rebounds.
Whitko hit 18 of 40 from the field for 45 percent, and notched 15 of 21 free throw tries for 71.4 percent.
The Huntington North junior varsity improved its record to 2-1 on the season with a 36-25 win.
The JV Lady Vikes held Whitko to just nine points through the first three quarters, recording a shutout in the third, before Whitko pumped in 16 points in the final frame to make the score respectable.
Hannah Williams led HNHS with six points. Rachel Anderson, Abbey Ness and Morgan Butler each scored five.