Vikings Fall to Atlantic Shores Christian

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Taylor Leland handles the ball while being guarded by an Atlantic Shores player. Photo by Adolphus Ames.

By Adolphus Ames – 

The Broadwater Vikings girls varsity basketball team hosted the Atlantic Shores Christian Seahawks Tuesday, Jan. 25. The Vikings were looking to pick up their second consecutive win after defeating Denbigh Baptist Christian School 41-38 the week before. The Vikings lost 52-26. 

In the first half, the Vikings struggled to generate offense underneath the Seahawks’ defensive pressure. By halftime, the Vikings trailed 29- 8. Taylor Leland opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and momentum quickly shifted. The Seahawks’ defense was suddenly no match for the Vikings as they outscored the Seahawks 11-8 throughout the remainder of the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings’ offense stalled. 

Leland led the Vikings’ offense with 13 points, two rebounds, and three steals. Suzanna Long had 5 points, four rebounds, and two steals. Hayley Nalls had 4 points and three rebounds. Leah Smith had 4 points, one rebound, and one steal. Molly Brown had two rebounds and one steal. Faith Johnson had two rebounds and two steals. Elizabeth Price had two rebounds. Lydia Wehner had one rebound. 

Coming off an 84-52 win against Greenbrier Christian Academy the previous night, the Broadwater Vikings boys varsity team hosted its second home game of the week Tuesday, Jan. 25. They faced the Atlantic Shores Christian Seahawks in an up-tempo matchup. The Vikings lost 75-70. 

Levin Smith shoots a floater over an Atlantic Shores defender. Photo by Adolphus Ames.

The first quarter was a tight contest. The Vikings entered the second quarter with a small 16-12 lead. Near the end of the half, the Seahawks were on top 32-30, but Bradyn Washington hit a 3-pointer to place the Vikings back in the lead. The second half was a back-and-forth contest that came down to the wire. In the middle of the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer and layup by Braden Justice and two free throws by Malik Battle gave the Vikings a 70-65 lead. But the Seahawks outscored the Vikings 10-0 in the final minutes of regulation to steal the victory. 

Justice led the offense with 24 points, seven rebounds, and one assist. Battle had 17 points, four rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Washington had 15 points, two rebounds, and two steals. Willie Holden had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two assists. Levin Smith had 4 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Colvin Willis had one rebound. Kolby Evans had one assist. 

The girls and boys varsity basketball teams hosted another set of home games Thursday, Jan. 27 against Holly Grove Christian School. The following day, the Vikings are scheduled to travel to Virginia Beach to face Gateway Christian Academy.

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