Lady Vikes blocked out of first win

Tristan Lipe

Last weekend the Vikings faced off against Grinnell and Monmouth at Alexander Gymnasium. The Lady Vikings were still looking for their first win going into the weekend and were hoping to start off the double-header weekend with a win over Grinnell.
The Vikings came out strong, leading 11-1 early. The Vikings continued to lead through the majority of the game. The ladies played hard and showed some of the best basketball they have played all season.
The team played tough defense throughout the first half, holding Grinnell to only 18 percent shooting from the field. Erin Henzi led the team with 20 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Laura Aerts who added 16 points, five steals and four assists.
The Vikings battled through Grinnell’s attempts to push the tempo in the second half, but in the end the Vikings could not stop the three-point shooting of Grinnell. Grinnell crawled back into the game late and made a three-point field goal with four seconds left to take a two-point lead over the Vikings.
Mara Hagopian’s last-second shot from the half court was blocked and the Vikings fell in a heartbreaker 59-57.
The ladies had to be drained, both physically and emotionally, going into the game against Monmouth. The Vikings were led once again by Aerts, with 20 points and six assists, and Erin Henzi, with 15 points.
Katie Condon is starting to increase her offensive output, having eight points in each game over the weekend. The Vikings trailed Monmouth by seven at the half and were never able to close the gap. The final score was 75-55, and the Vikings are left still looking for their first win. The Vikings are back in action over the weekend when they travel to Carroll, and again Tuesday, Feb. 3 at St. Norbert.