3/12/2013 11:51:00 AM Girls played strong
despite loss to #2 NRHEG
By Tara Lindquist
The Lady Vikings fell to the number one seeded NRHEG Panthers in the sub-section final 48-58, ending their season.
Hayfield came out right from tip off and proved they could play with one of the best teams in the state. Early in the game NRHEG knew they were in for one of their toughest games of the year.
"We came out strong as a team and ran our defense to perfection," Coach Fred Kindschy said.
The Lady Vikes made the Panthers, and their star Carlie Wagner, play for every point they scored. Hayfield jumped out to an early six point lead six minutes into the game. Both teams exchanged baskets for the rest of the half, which found Hayfield with a two-point lead going into the locker room.
The second half was more of the same with both teams trading baskets. With a few minutes left to play, NRHEG took their first lead in the game at 47-46. The Vikings played hard down the stretch but found points a little hard to come by.
Hayfield tried to play catch-up at the end of the game but the Panthers converted most of their free throws to pull out the ten-point victory.
"We are proud of how our girls came out and played," Kindschy said. "They went toe to toe with the second best team in the state and controlled 90% of the game. To the Panthers credit, they found a way to win in the end."