Lady Vikings Buck off Losing Streak, Win Against Broncos With Final Score of 77-71

by Amanda Gordon

In an intense game, Lady Vikings go into double overtime.
(Photo: Amanda M. Gordon)

With tension mounted at the end of fourth quarter, out of time and at a tie it became clear. The Lady Vikings were going into overtime.

The home game against Bronx Community College (BCC) held on Thursday Feb. 15 resulted with the first win for the women’s basketball team with a final score of 77-71. The victory came after the two teams went into double overtime.

“We did what we had to do,” said Shanaya Jones. While the comment could be taken as  pure modesty, the Lady Vikings played their hearts out and it payed off.

The night was long but filled with unforgettable plays. Of the baskets made by the Vikings, one for the books would have to be the buzzer beater throw Jones made in the first half of the game, which was caught on camera by gowccvikings.

One of the most intense moments of the night could have easily been marked in the final minute of the fourth quarter where the Vikings led by a single point but with a foul made the Broncos were given two free throws. With one point scored out of the two, the teams became tied at 55 points.

The first round of overtime resulted with déjà vu with only seconds on the clock and the opposing team given another opportunity to take the game with three free shots but tied yet again. Each time the Bronx player sized up the shot, the Men’s team attempted to throw off the shooter with a booming chorus, audience members pitching in as well.

As the teams continued to face off in double overtime the stakes became that much greater, but the Vikings succeeded in outlasting the Broncos, putting enough distance between scores that no free throw to steal away their victory.

“I’m really proud of them,” said Alexandria Knight, Captain of the team. “They did awesome and it’s teamwork. We just work together, we’re like a family.”

The lone victory for the Lady Vikings also served at Paige Collins season high who contributed 29 points, 11 in the first half then scored the remaining 18 points in the third, fourth and overtime quarters.

The season for the women’s basketball team came to an end Thursday, Feb. 22, with a loss to Monroe Bronx Express. It’s the hope of the Athletic Department, along with many others in the WCC community that the program will expand and improve for seasons to come.

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