Oct 27th, 2003 @ 11:22 am | Author: Viking Sports Information
Valley City, ND--A late second half surge gave the visitors on the scoreboard, the Viking Cardinal, an 86-81 win over the Viking White Saturday night at the W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

It was a see-saw battle all night with neither team being able to establish a comfortable lead. The White used the inside play of freshmen Loni Hall and Beth Orthman with the outside punch of alum Missy Leno to gain a narrow halftime lead, 42-41.

"We are in the game because we are doing a great job on the offensive boards." commented White coach Ryan Cunningham. "We need to find a way to stop Schwab though. She’s killing us."

The Cardinal responded by coming out of the locker room in a full court press trying to establish tempo. White countered by playing a 2-1-2 zone early in the second half to relieve the pressure of defending former All-American Wanda Schwab, and forcing the Cardinal to shoot 3’s.

"We wanted to get up and down and put up 3’s in the second half." said White coach Michael Linnell. "We knew that we could play a half-court game when Wanda was in, but we wanted to get up and down while she rested."

Senior Jessica James led the Cardinal team with 16 points and four assists. VCSU hall-of-famer Wanda Schwab added 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 16 minutes of playing time for the Cardinal. Junior Lacey Turcotte and sophomore Darcie Engelby added 11 each for Cardinal. Engelby pulled down 10 rebounds as well. Senior post Kristel Engelby scored nine points and hauled in seven rebounds. Janae Larson dropped eight, Trina Kvilvang six, Cassie Francis and Melody Knodel four each, and VCSU hall-of-famer and the oldest participant in this years contest Melissa Hagel went 1 for 2 for two points to complete the scoring for the Cardinal.

Junior Nicolle James led all scorers and tied for top rebounder with 18 points and 10 boards for team White. 2003 Alum Missy Leno added 16 points for White. Hall added 14 points and seven rebounds for her team. Freshman point guard Jackie O’Neill added nine points, Beth Orthman six, Molly Anderson and Cindy Mund five points each, Danni Matthews four, and Jody Flaten and Kate Floyd dropped two each to complete the scoring for White.