Lansdowne, VA (January 18, 2018) – In the midst of their best season ever, the Riverside Rams were expecting a true test from the visiting Loudoun Valley Vikings. With the season progressing rapidly toward the playoffs, this game would tell both teams a lot about their prospects.
With a minute left in the first period, Riverside head coach Sarah Wetmore called her second timeout. Her team was getting more shots than--and outrebounding--Loudoun Valley, but they had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. Literally. They did score once just before the period ended, but the Vikings were already well in front, 11-2.
Led by Celine Fink and Olivia Badura, the Vikings amped up their already stifling defense in the second period and began to run away with the game. Their offense was methodical, spreading points equally across the balanced attack. By halftime, Loudoun Valley had increased the lead to 19-5.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The third quarter was more of the same and then some as the Vikings blew the game wide open. Head coach Kenyamo McFarlane began liberal substitutions, yet there was no letting up at either end of the court. Riverside was clearly more assertive and aggressive, but that only made the Vikings play harder.
The Rams offensive bright spots came from Elizabeth Suder, who was productive while limited by the strong Viking defense.
In the second half, Riverside actually doubled their first half total, but that wasn't close to what they needed as Loudoun Valley continued to pull away for a truly dominating win.
Final score: Loudoun Valley 50 - Riverside 15
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be viewed and purchased in the full gallery.|