Lady Vikings start the season strong

  • Tue Dec 8th, 2015 10:03pm
  • Sports

Marty Zier photoThe girls basketball team. Front row: Hailey Moss

Coach Gregg Sasan has a young team to contend with as only two varsity players return and nine new players join the varsity squad. The young Vikings have their work cut out for them according to Sasan.

“Our challenge this year is we are a lot younger and we have a lot of new players moving up to varsity,” he said. “We do have a few new experienced players joining team which is very welcomed. We have about 20 players between the varsity and JV teams, so we have good numbers which is better than a few seasons ago. I have a core group of players that have played together for a long time and it’s encouraging to see the team’s confidence growing at every practice.”

When asked about what Sasan feels the team needs to work on, he smiles and says, “Everything. The league will be tough this year. Friday Harbor will be a challenge with eight or nine good seniors and of course La Conner, Darrington and Concrete are always competitive.”

On Dec. 2 the Lady Vikings traveled to Lopez for an easy win, 60-28, against the Lobos.

On Dec. 5 the Vikings hosted Bush Academy in their first home game and won 40-12 in a dominate performance. The Vikings started fairly slow, up only 5-2 after the first quarter but a full court press led by Lilly Miller baffled the Bush forwards and led to a 17-4 halftime score.

“I was able to play different groups of players and this game allowed us to put in some of the younger players for a significant period of time and they played well,” Sasan said.