The Kingsburg Vikings girls basketball team is off to a 5-5 start to the season after falling to the Sanger Apaches 62-37 Dec. 16 at Sanger High School. The Vikings have a few weeks off before returning to the court Jan. 8 to open the Buchanan Holiday Classic.
“After our first 10 games the term that comes to mind is inconsistent," said Mark Willis, Kingsburg Vikings head coach. “We have experienced some really great moments this early season as well as some not-so-great moments.”
The Vikings are led by Willis, who is in his first year as head coach of the team, taking over for Nick Harrell, who has moved to assistant coach. Willis’ squad is a mix of veterans and young players who hope to compete in a very tough Central Sequoia League.
The Vikings fell to Golden West and North High School from Baskersfield to open the season. The Vikings then went on a four-game winning streak defeating Tulare Union, Farmersville, Bishop and Reedley high schools. All the wins came in the Corcoran Tournament.
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After a loss to Sanger in the Reedley Kiwanis tournament, the Vikings defeated Memorial 63-31. The Vikings fell to Roosevelt in the third place game of the Reedley Tournament. The Vikings then fell to Sanger on Dec. 16.
The Vikings face Yosemite on Jan. 8 in the first round of the Buchanan Classic. The Vikings face Central on Jan. 9 and Madera on Jan. 10 before traveling to face Chowchilla and Monache on Jan. 13 and 15. The Vikings open CSL play against Immanuel High School on Jan. 21 in Immanuel.
“As we move into the second half of our season, I'm looking forward to consistent, well-played basketball that should project us as a very competitive league opponent,” Willis said.