The Viking basketball teams ventured to Shoreline Christian last week where the girls lost and the boys won against the Crusaders while the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes later swept both Orcas teams.
On Jan. 15, the Lady Vikings (4-4) tamed the Shoreline Christian Crusaders (9-4) in the first quarter, leading 12-11 but fell to the wrath as Bella Hermesch, the six-foot Crusader forward, dominated rebounding and kept the Vikings from pushing the ball into the paint. By half, Orcas was outscored 15-8 and found themselves down 47-31 after the third quarter. Facing a 16-point deficit, the Vikings made a valiant run but ultimately lost 57-47. Scoring for the Vikings was led by Hannah Brunner-Gaydos, Shelbi Rogers and Alicia Susol with 10 points each, Bella Nigretto 9, Aliviah Garcia 6 and Lana Bronn with 2.
The Viking boys (5-4) hit the Hurricanes (1-13), leading 19-13 by the first quarter and stretching it to 35-25 at half. Viking guard Jack Gates diced and sliced his way through the Hurricane defenders, gathering 26 first half points followed by forward Jake Zier with 9, but the Hurricanes never fell far behind. By the end of the third quarter, the Vikings led 45-38 but could not shake the Hurricanes. Entering the fourth quarter Vikings Chase Drake, Devon Stanzione and Jack Russillo stepped it up with scoring to secure the Viking win, 62-55. Scoring was led by Gates with 36 points, Zier 15, Stanzione 6, Drake 4 and Russillo 1.
On Saturday, the Lady Vikings (4-5) faced a strong Mt. Vernon Christian Hurricane team (11-5) and kept pace leading after the first quarter 15-12 and 25-23 at half. Momentum changed in the third quarter with the Vikings missing shots and the Hurricanes outscoring the Vikings 21-14. The Vikings brought it close 39-36 with 6:36 left in the game, but that was all the Vikings could muster, losing 56-47. Scoring for Orcas was led by Brunner-Gaydos with 16 points, Nigretto 13, Susol 10, Bronn 4, Garcia and Rogers both with 2.
The Viking boys (5-5) expected a tight game against the Mt. Vernon Christian Hurricanes (6-10) and led 17-16 by the first quarter and 35-26 at half. Starting the third quarter, the Hurricanes stepped up their defense, ending the quarter tied 48-48. Orcas could not keep up the pace and lost 69-58. Orcas scoring was by Gates with 41 points and Zier 17.