Lady Vikings drop Happy Valley

By Ivan Sanders

Star Correspondent

   The Jr. Lady Vikings shot some big holes in the Jr. Lady Warriors ship early, but had to fight off a late volley by the Lady Warriors to savor victory.
   The Vance Jr. High Lady Vikings came to Warrior Hill on Thursday and took a 55-39 win back to Bristol. Don't be deceived by the score though.
   Racing out to a quick 18-9 advantage, the Jr. Vikings seemed to have their ship heading out for an easy voyage.
   They even managed to increase that lead to 15 by half, but they found themselves in some rough water in the second half thanks to a furious comeback by the Lady Warriors.
   Hannah Banks, Sam Canter, and Amber Duncan each scored six points in the second half to help erase the big lead. The Lady Warriors were within striking distance before Vance finally found enough defense to win.
   "We came out early and just got in a big hole," stated Jr. Lady Warrior coach Dana Hill. "We have to be able to press to run our offense, and we just couldn't get the points off the press."
   Three players from Vance scored in double digits, with Cindy Reed's 17 leading the way. Missy Faidley was the one responsible for the Warriors early woes as she hit for 12 in the first half and 14 for the game.
   "Faidley definitely is in the elite five players at this level in the area," said Hill.
   Randi Williams paced the Lady Warriors with 11 points, hitting 9 of the 11 in the first half. Canter finished the night with nine, followed by Duncan with eight.
   Julie Rickard would contribute 12 for the winners. Hill was pleased with the play of his team in the second half.
   "I thought we played really hard in the second half of play. We took five days off for the holidays and we have been working hard in the gym the rest of the time."
   In the seventh grade contest, the Lady Vikings would make it a sweep on the ladies side, as they defeated the seventh grade Lady Warriors in a nailbiter 36-34.
   Kaylor would pace the Lady Vikings with 12 followed by Tester with eight.
   Hannah Banks had an awesome game for the Lady Warriors, as she blistered the nets for 16 points. Emily Good also had a solid game with nine.