UNION CITY — The Miami East Lady Vikings brought their starting lineup featuring three 6-foot 1-inch starters to Mississinawa Valley to win by an 87-32 score on Wednesday.
“Miami East has a good program. Our time will come,” Mississinawa Valley girls basketball coach Bo Humphries said. “We just have to keep working hard, having the confidence in each other, playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
With the tallest Lady Blackhawk on the floor at 5 foot 9 inches, the Vikings used their height advantage to jump out to a 13-0 lead before Nicole Scholl hit a basket at 2:15 in the first period, getting Mississinawa on the board.
Scholl got her second bucket at 1:14. cutting the Vikings’ advantage to 15-4.
East scored eight unanswered points over the final 1:05 of the quarter, taking a 23-4 lead at the end of one.
The Lady Blackhawks made a strong second quarter showing on the offensive end, putting 15 points on the board.
The Hawks’ 5-foot 6-inch freshman Kelsie Hunt paid big dividends with her promotion from junior varsity to varsity, leading Mississinawa’s second quarter scoring with six points.
“Kelsie Hunt has been working very hard at JV. I was a little concerned with my senior Logan (Nelson) with her knee,” Humphries said. “We have the tournament coming. It was as good of a time as any to bring her up and let her start playing. It worked out well.”
The Vikings added 21 second-quarter points, sending the teams to the halftime break with East leading 44-19.
The Miami East defense matched the first quarter, limiting the Lady Hawks to four third-quarter points while using an 8-0 run and closing out third quarter action with 18-unanswered points to lead 70-23 heading to fourth quarter play.
“We were trying to do some specific things with some certain girls and the team in general to recognize some different things,” Humphries said. “There are times they did it and at times they didn’t. Miami East is good, and that’s just the way it goes some times.”
Makayla Stump, a 5-foot 2-inch freshman, led the Hawks in fourth quarter scoring with five points while Victoria Humphries was putting four points in the books for the home team.
“I was proud of their effort,” coach Humphries said. “I told them no matter what the score is, you have to keep hustling, you have to keep earning your way through that, and they did.”
Miami East ended the night with an 87-32 win on the road.
Scoring by quarters: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Mississinawa Valley 4 15 4 9 32
Miami East 23 21 26 17 87
Mississinawa Valley scoring: H. Dirksen 6, V. Humphries 6, K. Hunt 6, N. Scholl 5, M. Stump 5, M. Dirmeyer 4
Miami East scoring: A. Mack 16, R. DeFord 15, E. Kindell 12, S. Skidmore 11, J. Barlage 9, A. Current 8, T. Current 6, M. Roberts 4, K. Gardella 4, K. Runner 2