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Girls basketball: Lady Vikings struggle in opener

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CREEDMOOR The South Granville Lady Vikings started the season missing two key players in Tayia Mobley and Kaylin Bryant. Mobley tore her ACL last year and has not been cleared to play this season. Bryant hurt her knee in a jamboree earlier this month.

These players may have helped make a difference in the Lady Vikings’ season opener Nov. 19 as they dropped a 53-7 decision to the East Chapel Hill Lady Wildcats.

“Our players did everything that was asked of them tonight. They ran the plays, they hustled and played as hard as they could,” head coach Donald Kent said.

The taller East Chapel Hill Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 13-0 lead before Brianna Kirkland managed to sink a basket for the Lady Vikings. Trailing 17-2, South Granville looked to long-range specialist Sydneigh Williamson for a 3-pointer to help cut into the Lady Wildcat lead. South Granville trailed 17-5 after one quarter of play.

The Lady Vikings continued to battle and play scrappy defense, which often led to the Lady Wildcats going to the free-throw line and scoring with the clock stopped. Sadie Bowling threaded the needle with a bounce pass to Grace Hunt, who kissed the ball off the glass and into the basket. South Granville trailed 36-7 at intermission.

The Lady Vikings continued to play hard on defense but on the offensive end the basket had a lid on it. The ball would bounce around the rim and not go in.

Kent said the final score was not an indication of how hard the Lady Vikings played against the Lady Wildcats.

“We did so many things right tonight,” Kent said. “We have to continue to work hard in practice and build on tonight.”

Statistics: Sydneigh Williamson (three points), Brianna Kirkland (two points) and Grace Hunt (two points).

South Granville will travel to Person High on Dec. 3 and to Northern High on Dec. 6.