Wins over Western Christian, Mohawk and then Portland Adventist have Vikings off to best start in long time

The Colton girls basketball team ran its record to 3-0 with a tight 39-37 win over Western Christian on Dec. 6.

"This was our first league matchup and we jumped out to a 12-4 first-quarter lead behind 10 points from Olivia Haines," coach Valerie Wakefield said. "Western Christian rallied and made the score 15-12 at the half with us still in the lead."

Western Christian held a 25-23 lead after three quarters, but the Viking's offense came alive, delivering a 16-point fourth quarter to close out the game. But it didn't come easy.

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"After a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Western Christian reclaimed the lead at 37-36 by hitting a free throw with just over a minute remaining in the game," Wakefield said, "but Olivia Haines had a put-back in the middle of the paint with 30 seconds left to put us up 38-37.

"We got a defensive stop on the next play and a WC foul sent Hailee Hordichok to the line with five second remaining," Wakefield continued. "She made one of two to put us up 39-37. A last second heave by WC rimmed out."

Haines led the way offensively with24 points and hauled down 13 rebounds. Dani Terry added 10 rebounds and dished out three assists on the night. Hordichok added seven points and three steals.

"As a team, we out-rebounded WC 31-19, and our effort on the boards ended up being a determining factor at the end of the game with a go-ahead put-back by Olivia," Wakefield said.

Colton 43, Mohawk 14

The Colton girls got off to a fast start and didn't look back, staking themselves to a 15-3 first quarter lead on the way to a 43-14 win over Mohawk on Dec. 8. "We led wire-to-wire and had a balanced attack offensively," Wakefield said. "Eight different girls scored, including 15 bench points." Olivia Haines led the offense with 10 points and eight rebounds, Hailee Hordichok added eight points, Avery Reiland had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Addison English added six points and eight rebounds.

Colton 44, Portland Adventist 16

The Colton girls basketball team ran its record to 5-0 on the young season after defeating Portland Adventist 44-16 on Dec. 11.

"It was similar to the Mohawk game in that we really controlled the whole game," coach Valerie Wakefield said. "That brings us to 5-0 on the year – the best start to a season for a long time for Colton girls basketball.

Against Portland Adventist, Izzy English led the way offensively with 14 points, followed by Dani Terry and Olivia Haines with 10 points each.

"It ha been really great to see different girls step up throughout our first five games," Wakefield said. "We just want to keep getting better as the season progresses.

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