Dominant opening quarter propels Lady Vikes to big win

A dominant opening quarter propelled the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a 56-40 triumph over host New Castle on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The Lady Vikings poured in 17 points in the first frame while limiting the Lady Trojans to just two. While the hosts managed to toss in 12 points in the second quarter, Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad countered with 10 to craft a 27-14 halftime advantage. The visitors upped their lead to 43-23 in the third quarter before scoring 13 points to New Castle’s 17 in the final frame.

Huntington North, 7-6, was led by junior Maddy Robrock, who tallied 18 points. Senior Karmen Koch added 16 points while senior Larissa Johnson chipped in 10. Senior Hollyn Anderson supported their efforts with five assists.

Johnson also pulled down six rebounds for the Lady Vikings. Senior Rileigh Johnson notched six boards as well to help the team finish with 28 for the game.

Huntington North shot 51.1 percent from the field on 24 of 46 marksmanship. The team added seven points in 10 attempts at the free-throw line for 70 percent.

New Castle, 6-8, was paced by Cameron Tabor, who scored 30 of the team’s 40 points.

The Lady Trojans converted 17 of 43 field goal attempts for 39.5 percent and 6 of 12 freebie tries for 50 percent.

Huntington North also won the junior varsity contest, 38-16.

The Lady Vikings, 8-5, were led by sophomore Meg McDonald, who scored 10 points, and freshman Katelynn Arnold, who tallied nine.