Vikings Ride the Hot Hand.....
The Cook County Vikings played for the fourth consecutive school day at home, this time against the Conference rival Cromwell Cardinals. The Vikings beat the Cards once already this year and they knew they were in for a tough matchup again.
The game in Cromwell started out with hot shooting by senior Ashley Deschampe, and this game was no different as Dish scored 10 of the first Vikings 12 points. The only difference was the poor play of the Viking defense and atrocious boxing out. Cromwell owned the glass as they pushed and outworked their way to numerous offensive rebounds and second chances. A shootout was in the works, as neither team could stop the other. Knotted up at 28, the Vikings scored the last 6 points of the half to take a 34-28 lead at the break. Deschampe led the Vikings with 19 points, including three 3’s, while MaKayleigh Cahoon notched 9 for the Cards.
The second half saw a major slow down in scoring, as the Vikings dug their heels in on the defensive end and stopped Cromwell cold for the first 6 minutes of the half. The problem was, there was no scoring going on at the Cook County end. In a flash, though, the Vikings scored a quick 15 points while holding the Cardinals to just 4. On great inside-out passing, Deschampe found herself open for good looks at the basket and she caught a hot streak after starting the half out cold. Dish poured in 19 more points in the 2nd half, including three more 3’s. The Vikings rode the hot hand to a 16 point lead before some silly turnovers and easy baskets at the end of the game ended the margin at 59-48. After playing terrible defense in the first half and not working to get rebounds, the Vikings did a much, much better job in the 2nd half getting a hand in shooters faces, playing help side defense, and finally boxing out. After sitting the whole first half with 2 fouls, Theresa Morrin came in and grabbed 7 defensive rebounds, while Lily Gruber-Schulz added 6 in the second half and Bekah Laky finished the game with 10. It was a record tying performance on the offensive end by Ashley Deschampe, tying the school record of 38 points in a game. The record was set in December of 1991 by Ann Sieckert, in a game against Fon Du Lac. In the game tonight, Dish finished with 13 total field goals, was 6-12 from the 3-point line, and 6-9 from the free throw line. The win pushes the Vikings record to 8-6 going into Friday’s road matchup at Moose Lake-Willow River, before coming home on Saturday to take on the Ely Timberwolves at 1:00.
28-20 - 48
34-25 - 59
Cromwell� M. Cahoon 15, B. Johnson 3, Collman2, K. Johnson 4, A. Cahoon 8, Schonene 2, Stenson 12, Wester 2. Totals 19 6-11 48.
3-point goals � Stenson, M. Cahoon 2
Cook County �Ashley Deschampe 38, Jessica Berg-Collman 6, Leah Utities 1, Breana Peterson 2, Kaitlynn Linnell 2, Bekah Laky 6, Theresa Morrin 2, Lily Gruber-Schulz 2. Totals 20 13-20 59.
3-point goals �Deschampe 6