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Lady Vikings Win Home Opener

Stingy defense only allowed 16 points in 24 hours against two foes

Meg McDonald goes for 2 against a host of Southwood defenders

November 16th, 2019

Huntington North High School

Huntington Indiana

By The Dens Mike Rice

The Huntington North Lady Vikes took to Bob Straight court for their 2019-2020 home opener on Saturday night, facing off against the Southwood Lady Knights.

Riding a season starting two game winning streak and fresh off a 60-2 victory over Fort Wayne North, just 24 hours earlier, Huntington North came out looking to keep the good times rolling.

With junior guard Reece Colclesser relegated to the bench with two first quarter fouls, HN struggled to find an early rhythm, but exited the first quarter with an 11 to 5 lead.

Led by Colclesser’s back court running mate, sophomore Leah Campbell, the Lady Viking offense quickly found its stride in the second stanza, outscoring the Lady Knights 18 to 7 and sprinting to the halftime break up 29 to 12.

Campbell paced Huntington North with 14 first half points, topping the entire Southwood squad.

Southwood would have a short-lived glimmer of hope, as the rim turned unkind to Lady Viking shooters to open the third period.

Huntington remained scoreless until a three pointer by freshman Taylor Double, with just over two and a half minutes remaining in the quarter.

An air tight Lady Viking defense quickly snuffed out that glimmer, holding the Lady Knights without a point for the entire period.

Huntington led 36 to 12 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was more of the same, as the Lady Viking’s defensive vice remained clamped.

Southwood finally broke through, finding the bottom of the net, with just over three and half minutes remaining in the game, but it was too little too late.

The Lady Vikings move to 3-0 on the season, with a 52 to 14 victory.

Campbell led all scorers, draining five three pointers and finishing with 18 points.

Senior Katelynn Arnold tallied 8 points. Sophomores Addy Wiley and Grace sell totaled 7 and 6, respectively.

The Lady Vikes have held their first three opponents to an average of just 17 points per game.

Huntington North won the JV game, as well.

Tied 12-12 at the halfway mark, Huntington outscored Southwood 15 to 4 in the third quarter.

The two teams battled to a nearly scoreless final period, resulting in a 27 to 18 HN win.

The Lady Vikes are back in action on Tuesday at Carroll (Fort Wayne).

The full photo album will be posted the evening of 11-18-2019 at Greenbear Photography on Facebook. All photos on Facebook may be downloaded, tagged or shared free of charge courtesy of GERDAU.

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