The MVC lady Vikings went into this weekend’s conference match up against the Baker Wildcats with no wins in the conference column. Losing to Culver-Stockton on the road early in the week had dropped the team to two games below 500.
The lady Vikings came into the game without one of their best weapons, Guard Hannah Young, who has been battling an ankle injury for some time now. In the first half, the absence was noticeable as the team struggled to score field goals.
Guard Sami Jackson kept the team in the game with her 5-9 shooting from behind the arch, ending the game in making 7-15 shot attempts for the night. Also, the team got to the free throw line a lot and shot almost 90 percent for the night.
Jackson said, “Without my teammates, I wouldn’t be successful. It takes the whole group. Everyone played their roles in that game.”
The team came out in the second half rejuvenated and played inspirational basketball as they saw another lost looming on the horizon. Looking a winless two-game conference start in the face, the women came back to take the lead.
The calvary arrived just in time as the bench finally had some input in the game. Ashley Troyer and Clair Youngclaus made big contributions from the bench, combining for 16 points.
Youngclaus would go one to hit the shot that would eventually prove to be the game winner. In a recap of the final play Youngclaus said, “Sometimes, the play breaks down and you just got to make it work. “
Jackson said that the team is made up of a strong group of individuals and even stronger as a team. She said when they play together, like they did Saturday, they can be very successful.
The Vikings would go on to win the game and improve to an even record in conference play. The team will hit the road shortly to play McKendree University, with hopes of improving their record.