Lady Vikes lose big to defending state champs on hardwood

Rileigh Johnson, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, dribbles the ball upcourt during a game against visiting Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Lady Vikings fell to the Lady Spartans, 71-45.
Rileigh Johnson, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, dribbles the ball upcourt during a game against visiting Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Lady Vikings fell to the Lady Spartans, 71-45. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team suffered a 71-45 defeat to defending Class 4A state champion Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at North Arena.

Three-point shooting propelled the Lady Spartans to the decisive win. Coach Rod Parker’s squad drained 12 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc for 54.5 percent. In contrast, the Lady Vikings took just five shots from long range, hitting two for 40 percent.

Huntington North, 3-3, found itself at a 14-7 disadvantage after the first quarter and in a 31-20 hole at halftime. The hosts’ deficit doubled to 56-34 by the end of three frames.

Junior Maddy Robrock paced the Lady Vikings, tallying 20 points on 10 of 11 shooting. Senior Karmen Koch chipped in 12 points and six assists while senior Rileigh Johnson contributed eight points and as many rebounds.

Huntington North shot 16 of 34 from the field for 47.1 percent. The hosts added 11 points in 15 tries at the free throw line for 73.3 percent.

Homestead, 4-1, was led by Sylare Starks, who scored 23 points, 15 of which came from three-point land.

The Lady Spartans converted 27 of 52 field goal attempts for 51.9 percent and 5 of 8 free throws tries for 62.5 percent.

The visitors won the battle of the boards, 28-22.

The Lady Vikings also lost the junior varsity contest, 29-22.

Huntington North, 2-4, got eight points from sophomore Taylor Reust and seven points from junior Kyler Hoopingarner.