HANFORD - Behind 28 points from Maddy Reed and 16 from Maddie Alves, the Kingsburg girls basketball team scored its highest amount of points in a game this season in a dominating 73-48 win over Central Sequoia League opponent Hanford West on Monday Dec. 17.
Kingsburg’s previous highest point total was at 46, which would be the amount the Vikings had at halftime against the Huskies.
“I don’t think we even realize that,” Reed said about the team’s scoring output against Hanford West. “We were just playing.”
Even though Reed led the Vikings in scoring, the future UC Merced Bobcat said the win was an example of great “teamwork.”
“It was all teamwork,” Reed said. “Fast breaks, great passes, amazing assists, that’s what won us this game, teamwork.”
Including Reed and Alves, eight Vikings scored at least once in the win.
“It was nice to see everybody contribute and show their positive qualities,” Kingsburg head coach Kristi Bravo said. “I don’t know how many girls we had scored, I think we had about eight of them...Things are kind of clicking, everybody is working together and sharing the ball and finishing.”
It was the third-straight victory for the Vikings, who improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in CSL play. For Hanford West (2-14, 0-2 in CSL), the defeat was the Huskies 10th-straight loss.
Hanford West’s only lead of the game was at 2-0 within the first minute of the opening quarter. After, Kingsburg’s dominance began with a 8-0 run and the Vikings never looked back, ending the first quarter with a 24-10 lead.
Kingsburg began to pull away from the Huskies in the second quarter leading 42-15.
Hanford West was only able to score 10 points against the Vikings in the second quarter, which resulted in Kingsburg leading 46-20 at halftime.
The Vikings success continued in the third quarter, outscoring the Huskies 19-9 for a 65-29 lead, which would be Kingsburg’s largest lead of the night at 36 points.
Hanford West did outscore the Vikings 19-8 in the fourth quarter, but the game was already out of reach at that point.
Even though the Huskies came into the game losing nine-straight games, Bravo said she didn’t know what to expect from the opposing Hanford West since the school is in its first year in the CSL.
“Hanford [West] was kind of a question mark, we weren’t sure, we haven’t seen them before,” Bravo said. “They played a tough game and it was good to see our girls compete and play tough.”
With two league wins early in the season, Reed said the teamwork they displayed at Hanford West’s court is something they’ll need to continue to do to compete for a league title.
“We just have to keep working on our shots, keep getting to the basket and we’ll good great,” Reed said. “We just got to work as a team, that’s the main thing.”
The Vikings’ other victories include defeating regular league opponent Exeter 43-34, but that game happened at a tournament at Hoover High School on Dec. 8.
Kingsburg also had close wins at home over Reedley and Strathmore. Kingsburg defeated Reedley 44-42 to open the season and the Vikings topped Strathmore 46-45.
After the Hanford West game, Kingsburg competed at a tournament at Dinuba High School last week on Dec. 19-22.
This week, the girls will head to Buchanan High School for the Old Town Kiwanis Classic on Dec. 27-29.
Bravo said the tournaments at Dinuba and Buchanan should set a good benchmark for team before the girls continue league play against the Dinuba Emperors on Jan. 8, 2019.
“Playing four days in a row is always a challenge in itself,” Bravo said. “Every tournament, we always grow, bond, good things happen at tournaments. I hope that we come out stronger after every tournament to finish league.