Vikings gain steam, sit No. 2 in Conference play

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GUERNSEY – Last Tuesday the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings traveled to a match-up with the Hulett Red Devils in a 1A match that could be a preview to a match up at regional tournament. The Vikings showed a lot of improvement in many areas, most notably in offensive continuity. Offensive execution was the best it has been all year – both the perimeter and post play were able to score numerous times. Rebounding especially on the offensive end was strong. In the second quarter Hulett broke down Viking defense with their fast break, allowing them to take a half time lead the Guernsey-Sunrise boys were not able to erase. Final buzzer sounded with a score of 71-63, Hulett.

“We had many opportunities take the game back in the second half and rallied with serious defensive pressure only to fall short,” Vikings Head Coach Steve Zimmerman said. “Free-throws ended up being our downfall. I am excited for this group after seeing the growth they showed.”

Tristan Hohnholt added 22 points to the scoreboard. Mason Collar added 15, Aiden Noggle added 11, Nathan VanNatter added nine, and Dawson Bingham contributed six points.

In game eleven of the season on Friday, February 2, Guernsey-Sunrise hosted conference foe Rock River. The Vikings were in control from the tip off. With a 2-11 first quarter advantage, they were able to play a variety of defenses and practice several offensive sets while holding a comfortable lead throughout the game.

“When we did press, we were able to create a number of scoring opportunities,” Zimmerman said. “We were able to play all thirteen players significant time, and the starters built a nice lead the bench was able to maintain and build up on it.”

Final score was 52-27, Vikings.

Mason Collar led the team with season high in scoring (21 points) off a season-high eleven offensive rebounds. Noggle contributed nine points to the board and led the team with four assists. Bingham put up seven points for the team, Hohnholt put up five, Joey Lewis and Jayden Wagner added four and Tim Radcliffe added two points.

The Vikings currently are 6-5 overall, and ranking second in the 1A Southeast Wyoming Athletic Conference play, holding a 2-1 record. Southeast is number one with a 9-8, 4-0 record.

On Thursday the Vikings travel to Harrison, Nebraska to take on the Sioux County Warriors, then to Harrisburg, Nebraska to face Banner County Wildcats on Friday, and conclude their week with a Saturday game against the Doggers at Lingle-Ft. Laramie.