Viking basketball brings home two wins

The Viking girls and boys basketball teams met the Lions in Concrete on Dec. 19 with both teams bringing back victories. The girls won 60-39 and the boys won 63-59.

The Lady Vikings (3-1) played even with Concrete to the end of the second half with a tie 25-25 but tamed the Lions to only two third quarter points, ending the quarter 43-27. Bella Nigretto and Shelbi Rogers pushed the fast paced offense while defensively Aliviah Garcia nabbed multiple steals resulting in easy layups. Viking defense controlled the boards and forced the Lions into an outside shooting adventure.

Leading Orcas scoring was Nigretto with 18 points, Rogers 13, Garcia 11 and Lana Bronn with 8.

The Viking Boys (2-2) struggled with the Lions, down 16-10 after the first quarter and 32-23 at halftime. The Orcas offense initially struggled to get shots from the paint but a determined Jack Gates forced drive after drive, eventually helping to get the Lions in foul trouble. By the end of the third quarter, still down 48-40, the Vikings began their push helped from strong boards from Rylan Date and Jake Zier.

With three minutes left in the game, the Vikings tied the game, stiffened their defense and held on for the dramatic win in the last moments.

Orcas scoring was Gates with 32 points, Zier 18, Devon Stanzione 7, Daniel Briggs 4 and Jack Russillo 2.

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