Yakima uses big second half to beat Lady Vikes

Lady Vikings Head Coach Preston Wilks talks to his players during a break in the action.
Lady Vikings Head Coach Preston Wilks talks to his players during a break in the action.

By Conner Vanderweyst of the Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend head coach Preston Wilks surmised that his opposition received quite the tongue-lashing at halftime.

Judging by the difference in play, there could be some validity to that statement.

Yakima Valley ratcheted up on both sides of the ball in the second half to create separation in the fourth quarter and win 80-76. The Yaks used a 13-0 run in the final period, turning a 69-63 deficit into a 76-69 lead.

"I just think the way they turned up everything — they wanted to get it going with their press, but on defense, once we broke it, man, they just were all over us," Wilks said. "Lanes closed up in a heartbeat and we couldn't get where we wanted to. We were trying to take one too many dribbles and then they turned it up on offense.

"It seemed like every time they got a rebound we were running for our lives back."

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