COLUMBUS – The Lakeview Vikings have been playing very well as of late, winners of six of their last seven games.
With 4:45 to play in the second quarter, back-to-back baskets from Kelsey Bignell put the Vikings on top 17-7 and the York Dukes started to take notice.
York went on a 17-4 run to close out the first half and used a 30-21 scoring advantage in the second half to pull away for the 55-42 win in girls Central Conference hoops action.
The Dukes (17-2) came into the game as the No. 6 team in the latest Class B ratings, but the Vikings had York struggling to find offense at just 1-of-9 from the field in the first quarter.
The Vikings led 13-5 after the first eight minutes.
York started to develop a strong inside presence as 6-foot junior Hayley Burke scored seven of her nine points, six of which came on offensive rebounds and putbacks.
York was just 2-of-11 from 3-point range, many fewer shots from that distance than usual.
“We have really been trying to establish a post game and the last few games we have been able to do that. It’s funny because we want to push the ball down low and that will result in less shots from 3-point range,” explained head coach Matt Kern. “We were not shooting the ball too well and we were making a lot of turnovers, but give (Lakeview’s) defense a lot of credit.”
In the second quarter the Dukes got another much needed spark from freshman Lauren Riley who scored all seven of her points in those eight minutes.
In the second half, junior Emma Grenfell scored 13 of her game high 18 points and knocked down 4-of-9 free throws.
York struggled at the free throw line all night with just 11-of-25 shots from the 15-foot freebie stripe finding the mark.
York pushed the lead to 38-27 through three quarters and won the final eight minutes 16-15.
Kern said York has to clean up its poor performance at the free throw line.
“That is unacceptable. We can’t afford to shoot free throws like that and expect to win, especially with the teams we have left on the schedule,” Kern stated.
York was 21-of-52 from the field and also got a quiet 12 point effort from Jordyn Stearns.
Lakeview was 15-of-42, 2-of-11 and 10-of-18 at the charity stripe.
The Vikings were led in scoring by Jordan Vogt with 13, 6-foot junior Kayla Schrunk added 11 points and Bignell chipped in with eight.
York held a 40-32 advantage on the glass and ended the game with 17 turnovers to just 12 for the Vikings.
York (17-2) hosts this past weekend's SNC girls tournament champions, the Sutton Fillies, tonight.
“They are going to come in here scrappy and thinking that they can come in here and get a big win against a team that is two classes above them,” said Kern. “It’s going to be physical and they (have) nothing to lose so they will be loose. Sutton is a very good team and we will have to play well.”
YHS (55)-T. Hansen 1 (1) 0-0 3, E. Grenfell 7 4-9 18, J. Stearns 4 4-6 12, H. Burke 4 1-1 9, L. Riley 3 (1) 0-0 7, Te. Hansen 1 1-2 3, J. Kadavy 1 1-4 3. Totals- 21-52 (2-11) 11-25 55.
LV (42)- J. Vogt 4 (2) 3-6 13, K. Schrunk 4 3-4 11, K. Bignell 4 0-0 8, W. Rodehorst 0 0-2 0, B. Prater 2 3-4 7, A. Wilke 1 1-2 3. Totals- 15-42 (2-11) 10-18 42.