Northeast drops pair in Liberal

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LIBERAL, Mo. — Northeast’s varsity teams dropped both ends of a non-league doubleheader here Monday night. Viking girls fell to Liberal, 48-37, while the boys lost, 70-34.

Fouls and turnovers are still problems for Northeast girls (1-3), who have lost three in a row. The Vikings have only attempted 31 free throws in four games while their opponents have shot 105 charity tosses.

“We played one of our better games but still fouling too much and too many turnovers,” Northeast head coach Scott Post said. “If we turn the corner in that area we can play with most teams on our schedule.”

Madison Walker led the Vikings with 14 points and Post credited her with “some great defense.” Rachel Fox scored 8 points off the bench, which included a pair of 3-pointers. Emily Watson chipped in with 6 points.

Carly Spencer was the focus of the Viking defense and their 2-3 zone slowed her down somewhat as she scored 13 points. However, Kaylee Daniels led the Bulldogs with 19 points, which included four 3-point goaals.

“We were in the game the entire way and lead several times,” Post said. “At one point, we were down only 5 and shooting two free throws with a few minutes remaining. We missed both shots and they took the ball and scored.

“We are very close to being a very good team. A few tweaks and having more control on offense and we will be there. We will work hard to get past the issues and be the team I know we can be.”

No information was available for the boys’ game. The Vikings fell to 0-4 on the season while the Bulldogs improved to 2-2.

Both Northeast teams will play their home opener tonight against Bronaugh, Mo. The girls’ varsity contest tips off at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow.