Poor shooting again plagues Vikings in loss

Viking forward Mitch Geller drives to the hoop against visiting New Haven on Saturday night, Feb. 3, in boys' varsity basketball action at North Arena. The Vikings lost 59-45.
Viking forward Mitch Geller drives to the hoop against visiting New Haven on Saturday night, Feb. 3, in boys' varsity basketball action at North Arena. The Vikings lost 59-45. Photo by Steve Clark.

Poor shooting cost the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team in a 59-45 loss to visiting New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 3.

For the second time in recent weeks, the normally steady shooting Vikings had a subpar night from the field, hitting on just 15 of 45 shots for 33.3 percent and falling to 14-5 on the season. They trailed the Bulldogs, 12-5 overall, 13-10 after one quarter, 25-20 at halftime and 41-32 after three quarters.

Sawyer Stoltz led the Vikings with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Daugherty added 10 points t the Viking cause.

Brecard Clark had 20 points to lead New Haven. Zach Latham added 12 points and Donovynn Lewis notched 10.

The Bulldogs didn’t exactly light up the shooting charts by hitting only 22 of 49 shots for 44.9 percent. They added a 7 of 8 showing at the free-throw for 87.5 percent.

The Vikings hit 9 of 13 shots from the stripe for 69.2 percent.

Mitch Geller led HNHS in assists with three.

The junior varsity Vikings won, 53-42, to improve to 9-6 on the season.

Aidan Hosler led the Vikes with 16 points, and Garrett Trout notched 10 points.