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Vikings girls basketball edged by Manchester

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North girls basketball dropped a 41–37 decision to Manchester on Tuesday night.

The loss dropped the Vikings’ season record to 3–7 and extended Huntington North’s current losing streak to five games. The Vikings’ last victory came on Nov. 16 in a 49–31 win over Whitko.

The Vikings got out to an early 12–7 lead after the first quarter of play against the Squires, but Manchester responded with a big second quarter, outscoring the Vikings 20–8 in the frame to hold a 27–20 advantage at the break.

Huntington North would edge Manchester in each of the game’s final two quarters—including a remarkably low-scoring 4–2 fourth quarter—but the effort was too little, too late, as the Squires ultimately earned the 41–37 victory.

Freshman guard Leah Campbell led the offense for Huntington North, draining a team-high 14 points. Campbell also posted a trio of assists and a team-high three steals.

Senior forward Madalyn Robrock followed closely behind, scoring 12 points. Robrock hauled in five rebounds, snagged a pair of steals and led the Viking defense with three blocks. Sophomore guard Reece Colclesser finished with five points and tallied a team-high four assists in the loss.

Freshman forward Addy Wiley, junior center Taylor Reust and junior forward Meg McDonald rounded out the scoring for the Vikings, all sinking a pair of points each. Wiley reeled in a game-high six rebounds for Huntington North.

Manchester’s ability to convert from three-point range proved to be the difference in the contest, as the Squires buried eight three-pointers to put away the Vikings.

Up next for the Vikings is a Northeast 8 Conference road matchup on Dec. 7 against New Haven. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SWIMMING

The Huntington North boys and girls swim teams were in action for the second-consecutive day on Tuesday, competing against Blackford.

The boys team lost 98–47, dropping the team’s season record to 1–3, while the girls team picked up a 101–62 victory, their first of the season, improving their record to 1–4.

The boys team picked up a trio of event victories in their meet.

Sophomore Cole Davidson blew away the competition in the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 6:15.98, besting the second-place finisher by nearly 17 seconds and the third-place finisher by 40 seconds.

Freshman Colten Schulte bested Blackford’s Kendall Scher in a one-on-one duel in the 100 Yard Backstroke, finishing in 1:09.31.

The Vikings’ final victory came in the meet’s final event, the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, raced by junior Nathan York, Schulte, senior Keegan Mautz and Davidson. The quartet finished with a time of 4:10.90, over 21 seconds better than Blackford’s team.

Meanwhile, the girls team claimed nine event victories in their meet out of a possible 11 for a dominant meet win.

Juniors Allie Aschliman and Laney Shaw asserted their dominance throughout the meet. Aschliman earned victories in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:20.44) and 500 Yard Freestyle (6:18.27), while Shaw picked up wins in the 200 Yard IM (2:37.58) and 100 Yard Freestyle (1:02.49) for Huntington North.

Junior Alyssa Brinkman and senior Macy Lange rounded out the individual victories for Huntington North, with wins in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:17.24) and 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:22.95).

Huntington North also claimed a trio of relay wins, finishing first in the 200 Yard Medley Relay (2:16.20), 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (2:00.31) and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (4:50.85).

The Vikings will return to the pool tonight, traveling to face South Adams at 5:30 p.m.