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Lauren Burleson scores two of her game-high 12 points in Avery’s 48-33 win against Mitchell at
home last week. Photo by Serena Smith

Originally published: 2014-02-19 23:29:52
Last modified: 2014-02-19 23:29:52

Lady Vikings overcomes slow start, races past Mitchell

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Despite the juggling of the Western Highlands Conference schedule as the regular season concludes due to snow, the Avery Lady Vikings shifted its home matchup with Mitchell ahead one day to beat last week’s winter storm.

Like the recent weather, both teams came out of the gate a bit cold, but the Lady Vikings heated up quickly in the second and third quarters, scoring 32 points during the span and holding Mitchell to just seven points during the same stretch en route to a 48-33 victory on Monday, Feb. 10, at Viking Gym.

Avery struggled shooting the basketball in the opening period, connecting on only two field goals in the stanza. Mitchell received baskets from four separate players to account for its eight first-quarter points. AHS converted 5-of-6 free-throw attempts in the frame, however, to seize a narrow 10-8 advantage.

As the second quarter unfolded, neither team could find the basket, as the clubs remained scoreless through more than 2:30 to open the period. Avery eventually found its offensive touch, however, outscoring Mitchell 12-2 in a span of less than two minutes to take a double-digit lead. A pair of Katie Rigdon three-point baskets and three-point baskets from Jessica Hoilman and Lauren Burleson sparked the Lady Vikings’ rally and helped AHS extend its lead to 28-14 at halftime.

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