The Colton Viking girl's basketball team got its 2021 season off to a good start with thrilling 35-33 win over Salem Academy May 25.
And according to coach Val Wakefield, it was a tight affair from start to finish.
"Game was close -- wire-to-wire, back-and-forth the whole game," Wakefield said. "Neither team extended their lead beyond two possessions."
Colton took at 19-18 lead into the halftime locker room but were held to two points in the third quarter, setting up a nip-and-tuck fourth quarter race. Colton would find itself trailing Salem Academy by five points with a minute remaining but rattled off seven straight points to finish the game and claim the win.
Amy Reiland converted both ends of a one-and-one to make the score 33-32 (Salem Academy) and bring Colton within one point with 23 seconds left in the game. Colton fouled and the Crusaders missed the front end of the one-and-one, setting up a late game magical moment.
"Olivia Haines drilled a 3-pointer in transition to put us up by two with nine seconds left on the clock," Wakefield said. "The Crusaders' attempt at the buzzer missed the mark and we won our first game in thrilling fashion."
Haines led the Vikings offensively with 13 points on the night.
Colton 46, Sheridan 29
It took the Colton girls a while to get going, but once they did they pushed their league and season record to 2-0 with a 46,29 win over Sheridan May 27.
"We got off to a rocky story and led the Spartans by just one point, 15-14, at half," Wakefield said. "After settling down in the second half we were able to extend our lead."
The Vikings had eight different players contribute points to the effort. Olivia Haines led all scorers with 18 points. She and Dani Terry hauled in eight rebounds apiece.
"It was a great all-around team effort," Wakefield said.
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