GUERNSEY - Making up for cancellations during the cold spell, the Guernsey Vikings hosted the Crawford Rams last Tuesday. According to head coach Steve Zimmerman, there was a six-minute stretch where the boys did not score in the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter.
Crawford was able to get the Vikings into a frenzied pace in the second half which led to numerous defensive breakdowns and lack of offensive continuity.
Overall shooting percentage for the Vikings was low according to the coach, shooting only 23 percent from the field.
“This was a game where we had flashes of good play but we did not sustain our composure. It was also a game that we can learn a lot from," Zimmerman said.
The Vikings fell to the Rams 70-40. Leading the scoring for Guernsey were Tristan Hohnholt with 14, Aiden Noggle with 11, Mason Collar with four, Nathan VanNatter added three, Conner Bristow put in three, Tim Radcliffe contributed two and Joey Lewis added one.
Saturday the Vikings hosted the Panthers of Arvada-Clearmont, and this game had a much different outcome.
“We took control of the game early with our defensive hustle. The team had a season-high 20 steals,” Zimmerman said. “I felt our intensity of play was very focused.”
Ten players scored, with six different players chipping in assists. Perimeter scoring is an area that continues to be difficult for the team, according to the coach, and shot selection and timing of shots will be a focus over the next few weeks. The Vikings were victorious over the Colorado team, beating them 52-13. Collar scored 13 points, Noggle added eight, Hohnholt scored eight, Jayden Wagner scored six, Radcliffe contributed five points, Austin Gretch added three, Dawson Bingham added three, and Bristow, Korbin Weinkauf, and Dominic Ramirez each added two.
Monday the Vikings take on Hulett for a game that could be a preview of a Regional Tournament clash.