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Vikings open season with loss to Panthers

SHOT: Senior forward Madalyn Robrock paced the Vikings with 18 points during Huntington North’s season-opening 53–46 loss to Snider on Tuesday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North girls basketball team lost their first game of the season to Snider by a score of 53–46 Tuesday night on Bob Straight Court in North Arena.

The loss started the Vikings’ record at 0–1 on the young season.

Huntington North got off to a rough start in the contest, turning the ball over regularly due to Snider’s high-pressure defensive scheme. The Panthers held a 14–7 lead after the first quarter of play.

However, the Vikings responded well in the second quarter, turning the tables and outscoring Snider 14–7 in the quarter to send the game into halftime tied at 21–21. Huntington North opened the frame on a 7–2 run to close the gap.

The third quarter was tightly contest, featuring a back-and-forth style of play. The frame resulted in a 15–13 advantage for the Panthers, giving Snider a 36–34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Despite Huntington North’s strong play during the second and third quarters, the Vikings could not sustain their performance, as Snider exploded for a 10–2 run to start the fourth quarter. Though the Vikings would string together a 6–0 run of their own later in the fourth quarter, it proved to be too little, too late for Huntington North, as Snider ultimately claimed a 53–46 victory.

“We talked a lot about breaking the press because we can’t simulate that here in practice, so we talked about it,” said head coach Heidi Lawson. “I thought the girls did a pretty good job. I think what killed us was the half-court pressure. That’s something that we’re going to have to work on. They’re somewhat young and I’m okay with that. At least they’re learning and listening. So, we’re just going to move on from this, but it’s a good experience for us to be here and play against Snider.”

Senior forward Madalyn Robrock paced the Viking offense, draining 18 points and adding a team-high nine rebounds.

Freshman guard Leah Campbell finished second in points for Huntington North with 12 while tallying a team-leading five assists in the game.

Freshman forward Addy Wiley, sophomore guard Reece Colclesser and sophomore center Katelynn Arnold rounded out the Viking scoring, recording nine, five and two points, respectively.

Coclesser led the defensive efforts for the Vikings, registering a trio of Huntington North’s six steals in the contest.

“I thought Addy Wiley did a nice job,” Lawson said. “She came in and face-guarded (Snider guard Zoe Wilson) for us and did a pretty good job. … (Robrock) just needs to hit those inside shots and we’ll be up by 20 points.”

The Vikings will return to the court on Nov. 9 when they host North Side. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Bob Straight Court in North Arena.