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Well-rounded effort lifts Vikings over Knights

POINTS: Freshman guard Leah Campbell scored eight points in Huntington North’s 50–38 victory over East Noble on Friday night.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North girls basketball team earned a 50–38 victory over East Noble in a Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) game on Friday night in North Arena.

The win improved the Vikings’ season record to 6–11, including a 3–1 mark in NE8 play.

The game got out to a competitive start, as the teams exchanged baskets throughout the first quarter, resulting in a 12–10 lead for Huntington North after the first period.

Things would slow down for each side in the second quarter, as the Vikings scored nine points to East Noble’s five, sending the game to halftime with Huntington North possessing a 21–15 lead.

Scoring would go up slightly in the third quarter, as the Vikings outscored the Knights 10–7 in the frame to hold a 31–22 advantage after three quarters.

Unlike the game’s first three periods, the fourth quarter saw both offenses explode to fill the basket. East Noble enjoyed their best output of the night, sinking 16 points in the frame. However, the same was also true for the Vikings, who drained 19 points in the fourth quarter to claim the 50–38 victory.

“I thought the effort was good,” said head coach Heidi Lawson. “We had some mental breakdowns. … But I thought everybody did a nice job in what they need to do. We used the bench a little bit more and they came in and gave us some quality minutes, and that’s important.”

The Vikings benefitted from a well-rounded attack all night long, as many players made contributions throughout the night.

Senior forward Madalyn Robrock led the way for Huntington North, scoring 10 points in the win.

Freshman guard Leah Campbell and junior forward Meg McDonald followed closely behind Robrock, each burying eight points for the Vikings.

Sophomore guard Reece Colclesser and freshman forward Addy Wiley both tallied seven points, while freshman forward Meg Camomile scored five points.

Senior guard Peyton Dorsett and junior center Taylor Reust rounded out the Huntington North scoring with three and two points, respectively.

“(It) was nice (to have a consistent performance),” Lawson said. “It’s not just (Robrock) that we’re relying on. We’ve talked and had individual meetings about what (each player’s) role (is) on the team and what our expectations are for (the player) and what (the player’s) abilities (are) and not trying to go outside of those abilities.”

Lawson feels the team has made noticeable progress of late and is encouraged by the way the team is trending, especially in their defensive play.

Lawson cited the team’s focus on footwork of late as the reason for the better defensive showings in their last few games.

Huntington North will return to the court next week, traveling to take on Columbia City in another NE8 matchup. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.