The Northeast girls won their third game in a row with a 60-37 win over the Southeast Lancers Friday at Northeast high School.

Kelsea Choate scored 16 points to lead the Vikings, while Madison Walker and Autumn Walker each had 12.

Jaycie Polhlopek scored the game’s first 3-pointer to give the Vikings an 11-6 lead with 2:00 in the first quarter.

Autumn Walker followed it up with her second deuce of the night, and after the Lancers missed consecutive shots from inside the paint, Choate drove to the other end off the rebound for a layup and the Vikings built a nine-point advantage.

A long distance inside shot from Sailor Jackson ended the Vikings’ run, and Northeast was held scoreless for the opening three minutes of the second quarter until Polhopeck hit her second 3-pointer to give the Vikings a double-digit lead.

A transition basket by Choate soon followed.

“The funny thing is that’s what we try to do all the time, but it doesn’t always work out that way,” said Northeast head coach Scott Post. “We always want to get the rebound and go but tonight it was there. We had a lot of opportunities that we took advantage of.”

Bailey Ulery scored from 3-point land to make it 20-11.

A pair of free throws from Jessie Jenkins along with a late charity by Brittney Wyland made it 24-14, with Northeast in front at the half.

The first half seemed low scoring at times, but the second half certainly picked up as both teams scored five baskets combined in the first three minutes of the third quarter.

Choate scored her second outside shot and the Vikings led 35-19 halfway through the third.

Choate scored her sixth basket of the game off a steal, and a layup by Kayla Johnston made it 43-23, Northeast.

“It was a lot of fun in that second half,” Post said. “We scored 36 points in the second half. They scored 23. I wasn’t upset about only scoring 24 points in the first half. I’ll take that. But my gosh, we missed so many shots in that first half. I felt like we could’ve scored 36 point or so in that half had we made them.”

Autumn Walker scored off a cross-court pass with 1:01 remaining in the game and the Vikings had a 58-35 advantage. Northeast then put in an entire new starting lineup in the final minute of the game.

Kalyn Bitner scored 13 points for the Lancers, while MaKayla Buffington had 11.

“I have a lot of respect for (Southeast) coach Derek Sanders,” Post said. “He’s a really strong defensive coach. His girls played hard and they have a lot of tough players. This win may have been our best outing of the year.”


Viking boys dominate


Troy Howard scored 19 points, while Ethan Snider had 16 as the Northeast Vikings improved to 5-2 in a 71-33 win over Southeast Friday in Arma.

Howard scored three field goals and a free throw in the opening quarter and Drew Mills sank a 3-pointer from the far left corner to help the Vikings take a 19-7 lead.

“I thought our kids played well,” said Northeast head coach Russ Cramer. “We moved the ball well, played together well and defensively, we came out very focused. I was pretty happy with our effort.”

Mills scored his second outside shot early in the second quarter. He would score another 3-pointer to make it 26-12, Northeast at the 5:12 mark. Mills finished the game with 16 points.

Ethan Snider scored back-to-back baskets off of transitions, the latter of which resulted in an and-one free throw.

Southeast started the second half on a quick scoring surge, but it wasn’t long before Northeast responded.

“Our kids came out strong in the second half. Southeast did a good job of making a run. The Cole Burdette kid was really good,” Cramer said. “We knew we were really going to have to guard him. His a tough player.”

Burdette finished with four points.

Mills scored off a transition layup early in the third quarter before hitting his fourth 3-pointer and the Vikings led 55-24.

“That’s the kind of game that we like to play,” Cramer said. “We like to get up and down and Drew Mills did a nice job of setting things up and helping us get going on offense.”

Northeast scored off another Lancer turnover as Ronnie Shadden found the Trey, scoring his first two fourth quarter baskets.

“Our kids committed,” Cramer said. “We always talk to them about running and getting to the ball. Tonight they hit the floor hard and played hard. The big thing was getting committing and running.”

Caleb Fenimore and Jackson each scored a 3-pointer in the fourth for the Lancers.

Jackson led the Lancers with 11 points while Juan Valdivia scored seven. Fenimore put up six.