Feb 15, 2018
The Village Lady Vikings basketball team will travel to take on the 5th ranked team in the State on Thursday night in the District semi-finals. The two teams played last week, but the Lady Vikings were missing three starters due to injuries, and the team was dealing with the flu. In that game, the team only had seven players available, and had to move up a player from the JV team. Concordia Lutheran beat the Lady Vikings 58-36. The team is excited about post season play, and the challenges that are in front of them.
The Lady Vikings players are ready for the challenge and had some interesting thoughts as well:
- "I am excited about playing Concordia tonight, because when we played them we weren't at full strength. They always bring out the best in us, and vice versa, so I am excited to play them again." - Liz M
- "Our goal for the remainder of the season is to continue to work hard, come together, and fight as one. I'm excited to have an opportunity to play the teams again that we lost too." - Jada Malone.
- "We've recently encountered some unfortunate circumstances with several injuries and illnesses that have forced us to do things we wouldn't normally have done. However, we've developed a deeper bench than we've ever had in this program, and our full team is returning, so we are ready." - Kennedy D.
Tonight's game is the District semi-final, with the winner advancing to the District Championship game on Saturday afternoon. The loser of the game will play for the third seed in the State Tournament. "Concordia Lutheran is a good team, led by one of the best players in the District. They are well coached and have a winning tradition. They have won the District title every season since 2011. We respect their tradition, but also feel like our program is on the verge of breaking through," said Coach Doug Brotherton.
The State Tournament begins with the Super Regional in College Station on February 23-24. The Lady Vikings are excited to be a top four seed for the third straight season. "We have had a season full of adversity. In our 32 games, we have only had our top eight players for three of those games. That is not an excuse. I am proud of the season that we are having, but I am also very excited that we are getting healthy at the right time of the year. We have no idea how good we can be, when at full strength, but we are excited to find out," Coach Brotherton said.
Tonight's District Semi-Final is set for a 6:30PM tip, at Concordia Lutheran High School.