One day after Mossyrock played its best game of the season, the Vikings erupted for an even better game on Tuesday, thumping Taholah 59-29 to capture the 1B District 4 championship at Oakville High School.
The game was never in doubt as the Vikings scorched the nets offensively and deployed a vicious full-court press on the other end of the court to frustrate the Chitwins from the get-go.
“We had a great game,” Mossyrock coach Autumn Moorcroft said. “We just built off last night’s game and we played even better.”
The Vikings were fully in control from the opening inbounds and led 17-6 after one. They broke off a 6-0 run to start the second quarter to lead 23-6 and never looked back. The Chitwins never got within 18 in the second half.
Sophomore point guard Payton Torrey scored a game-high 19 points to go with four assists and three steals. Hailey Brooks added 16 points and eight rebounds and Caelyn Marshall posted an impressive 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals.
It was a rewarding victory for the Vikings, who were coming off a district championship loss last season in the Class 2B ranks.
“It was definitely on our minds again this year,” Moorcroft said. “We knew that was our goal.”
The Vikings graduate just one senior, Gracie Lovan, who Moorcroft praised for her leadership and maturity on the court that helped settle the team down in crunch time.
Moorcroft said she’ll remember this group for their toughness and how much they improved as the season went on during a crazy COVID season.
“The girls came together and fought through adversity,” Moorcroft said. “They set a goal and got it done.”