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The Varsity Vikings lose the Conference Tournament Championship at home

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The Varsity Vikings lose the Conference Tournament Championship at home

Junior Brandon Thomas goes up for a back-bending layup. The boys lost the Conference Tournament Championship to the High Point Central Bison.

Junior Brandon Thomas goes up for a back-bending layup. The boys lost the Conference Tournament Championship to the High Point Central Bison.

Junior Brandon Thomas goes up for a back-bending layup. The boys lost the Conference Tournament Championship to the High Point Central Bison.

Junior Brandon Thomas goes up for a back-bending layup. The boys lost the Conference Tournament Championship to the High Point Central Bison.

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The buzzer sounded twice at home for the Conference Tournament Championship, but both times, the Vikings did not celebrate. The boys’ and girls’ teams lost their games by at least nine points each. The girls lost to their current rival, Ragsdale High School, 29-39. They are now 2-2 with the Tigers, and their record is now 20-5. The boys lost to High Point Central 76-83 and their record is now 18-7.

The girls’ game was low scoring, with a Viking lead of 19-11 at the half. However, the Tigers came out of the locker room with more fire and outscored the Vikings 4-14 in the third quarter.

“We started out the game pretty well,” junior Reagan Kargo said, “but we didn’t start the third quarter like we should have, and that was when Ragsdale scored a lot of points.”

Head coach Darlene Joyner and the girls were not able to make a comeback in the fourth and were outscored, again, 6-14 in the final eight minutes.

High scorers were senior Cayla King with 17 and junior Reagan Kargo with 6.

“In the last minute, I was shocked that we were about to lose, but I knew we still had to do our best to try to stop them on defense,” Kargo said.

The Tigers played a great game and surprised a lot of people. Senior K.D. Walker hurt the Viking defense by scoring the most on the team, 12 points. Junior Nyah Stallings also played well with 11 points and senior Kaliyah Gladney with seven.

“With playing a team multiple times, it can be tough because each team could start to catch on to each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Kargo said.

After their two embarrassing defeats from the Vikings, the Tigers were obviously ready for a comeback at the right time. But, the teams are favored to play again in the State Playoffs.

“If we play them again, we need to have better spacing on the floor and we need to look for more ways to score,” Kargo said.

The boys’ played well against the Bison, but their first quarter deficit proved to be unbreakable. Down 17-28 in the first, they came back and outscored the bison by six in the second.

“They came out hot, but I thought we could still come back,” Reiber said.

The Bison could not miss a shot and players really showed out unexpectedly.

“I though that we could’ve played better defense, but we played hard,” Reiber said “they just caught us on an off night and they were on fire.”

Then the third and fourth had relatively equal scoring for the game to be close in the end.

High scorers were junior Brandon Thomas with 26, Reiber with 22 and junior Christian Hampton with 20.

“We didn’t play that well as a team, but (Thomas) showed up,” Reiber said.

Both teams hope for a good playoff season even after two disappointing loses. After a tough season, the Varsity Vikings are proud of their accomplishments of being Conference Champions and having extraordinary records.

“(We need to) keep practicing, push past this loss and go into the playoffs strong,” Reiber said.

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