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December 22, 2013

West Vigo boys pick up big win at Brown County

NASHVILLE, IND. — When a young high school basketball team walks into a new situation, a new experience, the coach never knows what to expect. West Vigo gave coach Joe Boehler a nice surprise Saturday, even an early Christmas present at Brown County.

Led by Braiden Cardinal, Hayden Corenflos and Alex West, and strong leadership from point-guard Tyler Hayes, West Vigo overpowered Brown County 53-45 on the Eagles’ home court.

Cardinal led the Vikings with 16 points, hitting 4 of 5 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Corenflos got the Vikings off to a fast start in route to a 15-point performance and West came off the bench to score 13 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

“I thought [Corenflos and West] of them rebounded really well and played good defense. And they both brought some offense tonight, which Hayden has been doing it. We got a lot of baskets from Alex tonight and [Cardinal] walked up to the free throw line tonight and hit some clutch free throws down the stretch,” West Vigo coach Joe Boehler said.

Brown County (1-4, 0-1 in WIC) was led by Luke Huls, the only returning starter from last year, with 15 points.

Boehler didn’t know what to expect from the Vikings. They were coming off a 30-point loss Friday night, then had to report to the gym early Saturday morning.

“I was really concerned what our energy level would be like. I thought we came out with some enthusiasm and a sense of urgency and I thought we played really hard and did a lot good things,” Boehler said.

The two teams played to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter and remained tied 17-17 at 5:12 in the second period. Brown County’s Huls gave the Eagles their last lead of the game with 3:17 to play in the half.

West Vigo closed the first half with a 7-2 run, started by a three-point play by West. Cardinal added the last two buckets of the half, going behind his back for a drive to the basket that put the Vikings up 26-21 at halftime.

Corenflos and West accounted for the first eight points of the second half, giving the Vikings a 32-21 lead midway through the quarter. But three straight turnovers allowed the Eagles to cut the margin to 34-27 going into the final period.

“I think that is kind of the definition of a young team, maybe,” Boehler said of the Vikings’ eight turnovers in eight minutes.

Cardinal scored 10 of his 16 points quietly over the final eight minutes of action.

A bucket by Corenflos and a 3 by Alex Blair got the Vikings going again early in the fourth quarter. Both teams were in the one-and-one over the final 4:24 of play.

Getting big free throws and baskets from Cardinal and Corenflos allowed the Vikings to hold on to the win. As he was falling out of bounds, Hayes made a pass to Corenflos for a lay up that put the Vikings up 48-36 with 2:30 to play. A Cardinal lay up with a minute to play sealed the victory.

In the girls game, West Vigo dropped to 4-5 on the season and 2-3 in the WIC with a 67-37 loss to Brown County.

Brown County, led by 6-1 Whitney Williamson with 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Tanner Chapman with 21 points, jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter and continued to extend the lead.

West Vigo hit just 6-of-23 shots and turned the ball over 15 times in the first half as Brown County built a 32-15 halftime lead.

The Vikings suffered through a bad combination of 26-percent (14 of 53) shooting from the floor and 25 turnovers.

West Vigo was led by McKenzie Little with 11 points and Kylie Cardinal nine. Shyanne Elkins led the Vikings with seven rebounds and four steals.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Consistent: West Vigo�s Jordan Shaffer gets a hit and on base for the second time in the third inning, having walked his first time at bat. Shaffer reached base in all four at-bats in their game with North Vermillion.

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