The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team claimed the Valhalla Tournament title at the Minnesota National Bank Holiday Classic on Saturday, beating the West Central Area lady Knights by the score of 57-48. “It was a good win for us against a good basketball team,” said coach Brian Korf.
The Vikings built a 17-4 lead in the first six minutes of the first half. “I thought we came out with good energy on offense and defense which helped us jump out to a lead right away,” commented coach Korf. The Knights made one out of their first eleven field goal attempts and the Vikings made eight of their first eleven shot attempts.
“We moved the ball very well offensively in the first half,” commented coach Korf. The Vikings led at halftime 31-15.
At the start of the second half, the Vikings built a 38-15 lead but the Knights made a strong comeback in the second half to cut the lead to ten points with 2 minutes left in the game. The Vikings secured the victory at the free throw line down the stretch. “We are learning how to handle the full court pressure and it was a situation we need to learn from,” commented coach Korf.
Leading the Vikings in scoring was Greta Tollefson with 17 points, Adrianna Torres with 15 points and Kaylie Isaman with 12 points. Sarah Thompson scored 8 points while Anna Stephenson added 5 points.
Leading the Vikings in rebounding was Torres with 15 rebounds, Tollefson with 12 rebounds and Stephenson with 10 rebounds. Thompson and Ryley Paulson grabbed 6 rebounds each and Guler had 5 rebounds.
Thompson led the Vikings with 5 assists and Maddie Guler and Torres dished out 4 assists each. Isaman led the Vikings with 3 steals and Thompson had 2 steals.
The Vikings (8-1 overall record) travel to East Grand Forks on Thursday and then travel to Wadena Deer-Creek next Tuesday.