Defense Drives Vale Girls Win Over Riverside

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VALE – Some basketball games are not how many points your team can score, but how many points you can keep the other team from scoring.

Such was the case as the Vale girls’ basketball team downed Riverside, 33-25, in Eastern Oregon League action on Friday, Jan. 21 in Vale.

The Vikings did not come out of the gate swinging, putting up only four points in the first quarter. The shots started to fall in the second and as the half came to a close, Vale led 19-10. Riverside, scoring eight points in the first quarter, went cold in the second quarter with only one bucket to show for the eight minutes.

Both teams then settled in for the second half with defense leading the way. Neither team scored in double digits in either quarter of the half.

“Our defense is what kept us in the game and provided the win,” said Vale sophomore Halle Peterson. “Tonight was a team effort. We became a little too comfortable and allowed Riverside back into the game after we built a lead.”

Peterson led the Vikings with 18 points. Kailey McGourty added 7 points in the victory.

Riverside plays a pressure game defensively and we did not handle that well at times, but I’m proud of the girls for pulling out the win.” said Vale coach Randy Seals.

For the Pirates, senior Layla Castillo ended her night with 16 of the team’s 25 total points.

Photo Gallery – Riverside v Vale – Girls Basketball – Larry Gillum and Kat Seals

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