Vale girls split weekend action

VALE – Returning back from the long Christmas holiday without any games played, the Vale girls basketball team split games played this past weekend.

On Friday, January 3, the Viks made the trip to Homedale to take on the Idaho 3A Trojans. Completely overwhelming Homedale, Vale ran away with the game with a 56-18 victory over the winless Trojans. Scoring went across the board for the Vikings led by Matyson Siddoway’s 11 points and Alexys Rodgers’ 10 points.

The Viks attempted to make it two in a row on Saturday, hosting the Idaho 3A Fruitland Grizzlies.

The game started slowly for both teams with the first point not coming until the 6 minute, 18 second mark when Kailey McGourty sank one of two free throws to place Vale in the lead, 1-0. Emmersyn Johnson added a long 3-pointer from deep in the corner and as the buzzer sounded, Ashley Jacobs hit a jumper to give the Vikings a 6-3 margin.

Fruitland came out in the second quarter on a 7-0 run and with the Vikings only able to score on five free throws in the eight minutes, the Grizzlies led 17-11 at the half.

 Vale returned in the third quarter hitting shots and making plays and led 25-24 heading into the final quarter.

With 4:30 left in the game, the two teams were knotted up at 27 points. While Fruitland found the rhythm in the final minutes of the game, Vale struggled in shooting and fell, 34-31.

“I thought we did well defensively,” said Vale head coach Jason Johnson. “We created some good shots, but just were not able to convert those to points.”

In the loss, the Vikings were led by Johnson and her 11 points. Both Siddoway and Ashley Jacobs finished the game with five points each.

Vale (2-5 overall) takes to the road on Tuesday to take on the 4A Baker Bulldogs (10-2 overall). The Vikings open league play on Friday, January 10, welcoming Irrigon (6-4 overall) to town for an early 6 p.m. tipoff.