Lady Vikes start season off right with win over Warsaw

Huntington North's Maddie Klender (second from left) uses a pick from teammate Paige Coolman and takes the ball toward the basket in the Lady Vikings' season opener at HNHS on Saturday, Nov. 16. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team got the season started off right, topping visiting Warsaw, 37-26, on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The game's first half saw the Lady Tigers sink 56 percent of their shots to 28.6 percent for the Lady Vikings, putting the home team in an 18-14 hole.

Huntington North's defense stiffened in the second half, however, limiting Warsaw to just eight points on 18.2 percent shooting. The Lady Vikings picked things up on offense, scoring 12 points in the third quarter and 11 more in the fourth to build a double-digit lead that sealed the win.

Huntington North's Lindsey Foster led all scorers with nine points. The senior guard also chipped in four rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore Sarah Fryman supplied eight points for the Lady Vikings, while senior Paige Coolman added six points and as many rebounds, which tied senior Maddie Klender for the team-high.

Junior Pam Miller led the Lady Tigers with eight points. Senior Nikki Grose tossed in seven points and had a game-best seven boards.

Huntington North hit 12 of 37 shots for the game for a mark of 32.4 percent. At the line, Coach BreAnne Dyer's squad shot 61.1 percent, hitting 11 of 18 attempts.

Warsaw made 9 of 24 tries on the night for 37.5 percent and hit six of nine free throws for 66.7.

The Lady Vikings didn't get their first win last year until their 10th game of the season.

Huntington North lost the junior varsity game, 49-31.

Junior Rachel Anderson produced nine points for the Lady Vikings, 0-1, and juniors Aly Grabner and Morgan Butler each contributed eight.