Lady Vikes' season ends with loss to SS in sectional

Peyton Dorsett (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, focuses on the hoop while South Side’s Yasmine Dixie defends her during a game in the quarterfinals of the Homestead Sectional on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Lady Vikings’ season came to an end with a 65-35 loss.
Peyton Dorsett (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, focuses on the hoop while South Side’s Yasmine Dixie defends her during a game in the quarterfinals of the Homestead Sectional on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Lady Vikings’ season came to an end with a 65-35 loss. Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team with a 65-35 defeat to South Side in the quarterfinals of the Homestead Sectional on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The Lady Vikings’ second game against the Lady Archers in eight days, the rematch unfolded similar to the first tilt – an 80-31 Huntington North loss – with South Side’s quick, physical defense troubling Huntington North throughout the contest. Coach Juanita Goodwell’s squad forced 25 turnovers and converted those miscues into 28 points. Of those turnovers, 19 were steals.

The Lady Archers’ defensive intensity hit a fever pitch in the third quarter. While the Lady Vikings trailed by eight points, 12-4, after the first quarter, they kept pace with South Side in the second and went into the half still trailing by just eight points, 23-15. In the third quarter, however, the Lady Archers held the Lady Vikes to only six points while pouring in 27 of their own to craft a 50-21 advantage that would prove to be insurmountable.

Huntington North, 7-14, got a strong final performance from senior Maddy Robrock. The Huntington University-bound forward-center scored a game-high 17 points while corralling 12 rebounds to go out with a double-double. Freshman Leah Campbell was also active on the glass, pulling down eight rebounds to help give the Lady Vikings a 39-30 advantage in that department.

The Lady Vikes shot 33.3 percent from the field on 14 of 42 marksmanship. They added six points in nine attempts at the free-throw line for 66.7 percent.

South Side, 15-7, was led by Alaya Chapman, who tallied 14 points. T’Laizha Morris chipped in 12 points to the defending sectional champs’ cause.

The Lady Archers converted 23 of 63 field goal attempts for 36.5 percent and 11 of 14 freebie tries for 78.6 percent.