Vikings used balanced scoring attack to beat Rockets

Leo Martonosi

The girls’ basketball team from Hopkins was running on all cylinders on Friday, Jan. 29.
The result was a 52-35 OK Silver Conference triumph over visiting Kelloggsville.
“We played very well,” said Hopkins coach John Robinson.
Three of Robinson’s top players—Bailey Ballard, Meghan Schulz and Chloe DeVries—each reached double digits in the scoring column. Ballard led with 16, followed by Schulz with 14 and DeVries with 1
Teammate Taryn Kilbane nearly gave the Vikings a fourth double-figure scorer, tossing in nine points.
“I can’t single out one player because they all played well,” Robinson said of his hard-working cagers.
The win moved the Vikings record to 5-6 overall.
“We’ve really improved from when the season first started,” said Ballard, a senior three-sport standout athlete at Hopkins who plans on trying out for the women’s basketball team at Aquinas College.
“She’s a very hard worker and can play at the next level,” Robinson said of Ballard.
Even though Schulz is only a sophomore, she would like to see she and her teammates eventually go all the way at tournament time.
“One of my goals has always been to win state,” Schulz said.
Hopkins enjoyed quarter leads of 12-5, 26-13 and 41-21.
“We played up to our strengths tonight,” Schulz said. “We are a very good team when we do that.”
Robinson especially liked the way the Vikings played defensively.
“Defense was definitely one of our highlights,” he said. “It’s actually been a bright spot all season.”
The Vikings’ swarming defense and attacking offense led to several easy buckets.

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