12/10/2013 12:25:00 PM Lady Vikes put together two wins in Route 66 tourney
Miranda Velazco sets up a play during the Lady Vikings 34-26 win against Bagdad Dec. 5. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Tyria Harvey scores two points on a short jumper. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Katherine Locke Williams-Grand Canyon News
The Lady Vikings went 2-2 in the Annual Route 66 Holiday Basketball Classic Dec 5-7 in Williams.
Already two games down for the season heading into the tournament, head coach Phillip Echeverria said the Lady Vikes are still finding their way with a long season ahead of them.
"We're a young team and just learning things and I thought we played well and we showed a lot of areas for improvement. We're just working on things in practice," Echeverria said of the team's play before the tournament.
The Lady Vikings opened up the tournament against Mayer with a 47-19 win.
"We played much better," Echeverria said, explaining that Mayer, like the Vikings is in DIV IV, while the first two games of the season for the Vikes were against DIV III teams. "One of the positive things was that we had everybody that was on the team there and I think that made a huge difference."
The Vikes second tournament game against Northland Preparatory Academy was cancelled because of weather.
The Vikings won against Bagdad 34-26. Echeverria said again having his full team there helped the team win.
But the team was missing two girls when they played against San Pasqual. The Lady Vikes lost the game 28-33.
"We had a lead going in at halftime, 17-7, which is what hurt the most," Echeverria said. "We came out in the second half and offensively couldn't get anything flowing."
San Pasquel shot the ball consistently throughout the game and while they missed shots during the first half, in the second half everything they put up went in.
"That was a tough loss, had we won that game we would have played in the championship of our tournament. Losing it knocked us into the fifth/six place game," Echeverria said.
The Lady Vikings played that game against Joe City. With three girls missing this time from the roster, they lost the game 33-49.
"We were down quite a bit at halftime, 26-9, so I was real proud of the ways the girls came out after halftime and made some adjustments offensively. We scored the ball and took a lot more shots," Echeverria said. "We are having some issues where the girls are nervous about shooting and I think we overcame that and that was nice to see."
Echeverria said he only has 15 girls out for girls basketball this year which is the fewest number of girls the team has fielded in the past eight years. With three seniors, three juniors and one freshman, his team is made up of mostly sophomores.
"We're just learning basketball, we haven't played it a whole lot," Echeverria said. "As coaches we're having to instruct them and tell them more what to do, to attack the baskets, how to rebound, how to shoot. As we go through the year, I think we'll see improvement in all those areas where they're just doing it by themselves on the court."
The Lady Vikings are 2-4 overall for the season and 0-2 in PowerPoint games.
They will play against Ash Fork and Northland Preparatory this week.