WAVERLY – The Waverly Vikings, ranked as the No. 4 team in the Class B pre-season ratings, opened the 2012 season with a strong weekend showing with wins over both Lincoln Pius X and Elkhorn.
On Thursday night the York Dukes were in Waverly looking to pull the upset, fresh off their season-opening win over the Centennial Broncos last Friday night.
The Vikings would have none of that as they took a 26-13 lead through the first two quarters and pulled away in the third for a 51-31win in girls non conference girls action.
Any chance the York girls had to make a second half comeback was quickly diminished by the Dukes' six turnovers in the first five minutes of the third quarter and Waverly's six for nine shooting during that same span.
At the 2:34 mark York head coach Matt Kern called his second timeout trying to stop the Vikings' scoring onslaught.
Following the stoppage in play, sophomore guard Hannah Riley cashed in a 3-point shot, but four seconds later the Viking offense answered with a long pass and lay up from Alisha Loveless, who scored seven points in the first five and half minutes of the third quarter.
York could not get much on the boards as Waverly's decisive height advantage of 6-2, 6-0 and 5-11 across the front kept the Dukes off the glass and held them to just one shot for most of the night. York was able to get some offensive boards late.
Through three quarters of action the Vikings held a 43-26 lead.
In the fourth quarter the Waverly girls extended their defense to the perimeter after the Dukes showed an intention to bomb away from outside at the end of the third quarter. Both Erin Malleck and Hannah Riley cashed in from beyond the arc over the final two minutes.
The Dukes tried to apply a little more pressure when Waverly brought the ball up-court in the fourth quarter, but could not cut into the Viking lead enough to become a threat.
In the early going Aleah Rosenau kept pace with the Vikings by herself, hitting her first three shots to tie the game at 4-4 and then give the Dukes their only lead at 6-4. Waverly's defense didn't let Rosenau hurt them the rest of the night and she was held to those same six first-quarter points.
Leading the Dukes in scoring was Erin Malleck with 11 points and that included one 3-point goal. Riley tossed in nine. The Dukes were seven of nine from the free throw line. Riley had two 3-point goals in the loss.
Waverly was led by three players in double figures with Cierra Tjaden leading the way with 18, Olivia Boender had 14 points and unofficially 13 rebounds, while Loveless closed with 11 points.
The Vikings were four of six at the charity stripe and canned three 3-point goals, all by Tjaden.
The Dukes (1-1) will be back in action Saturday night as they host the Lexington Minutemaids.
York (1-1).......................6 9 11 6 – 31
Waverly (3-0) ....................13 13 17 8 - 51