Viking teams head to league play Friday

Siuslaw junior Alyssa Richards had a double-double against Phoenix — Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News

The Viking girls and boys basketball teams will kick off the Far West League season this Friday after wrapping up the preseason last night against Junction City (after press deadlines).

The game capped a weekend of competition on the road, with both Siuslaw teams in Grants Pass for the Skyline Crossover Tournament.

While the Lady Vikings were on the hardwood at North Douglas High School, the Viking boys were at Hidden Valley High School, where they went 1-1 to improve to 8-5 overall.

Last Friday, the boys picked up their fourth consecutive win in a narrow 48-44 win against the Klamath Union (6-7).

They moved into day two of the tournament to face North Valley (6-7), also from the Skyline League, with the Knights ending Siuslaw’s winning streak, 56-40.

The Lady Viks, meanwhile, opened the tournament battling Phoenix in what became a hotly contested battle down to the final seconds.  Despite a double-double from junior post Alyssa Richards, who scored 15 points and 17 rebounds along with 9 blocked shots, the Pirates managed a narrow 34-33 win.

Siuslaw also got scoring from freshman Brea Blankenship (5), freshman Lindsey Long (4), junior Madison Reynolds (4), sophomore Mia Collins (3) and senior Carreina Greenburg (2).

Off the boards, Collins had 10 rebounds, along with 5 rebounds each from Blankenship, Reynolds and Greenburg.

Long had 4 rebounds for Siuslaw.

The next day, the Lady Viks managed to get scoring from eight members of their roster, with Blankenship posting a team-high 4 points in a low-scoring loss to North Valley, 18-36.

Richards led the team in rebounds with 9, and Collins had 5 blocked shots.

Friday, Siuslaw will be at home to begin the Far West League season. The girls will tip off first at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

That evening, fans will also get a chance to be a part of the official dedication of the court during a special halftime ceremony during the varsity boys game honoring its namesake, past Siuslaw School District  Superintendent Glenn Butler.

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