Updated Wed, Jan 1, 2014 5:13 pm
The Vinton County Vikings defeated the Jackson Ironmen 76-46 on Dec. 27 for the Vikings’ final game of the calendar year.
Vinton County returned from a short Christmas break with a focused effort behind sophomore Chase Wood and junior Max Ward. Wood finished with a team-high 22 points, and Ward pitched in 17 points himself.
Coming off a loss against a tough Athens team, the Vikings rebounded easily and handed the Ironmen an eighth-straight loss to start their season. The victory pulled the Vikings back to .500.
The 30-point win was Vinton County’s largest margin of victory on the season.
Vinton County (3-3, 1-1 TVC-Ohio) will begin 2014 with a road contest at Meigs (4-3, 2-0 TVC-Ohio) on Jan. 3.
The Lady Vikings participated in the Sheridan Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 27-28, falling to the Sheridan Lady Generals in the tournament championship.
The Vinton County girls defeated Fairfield Union 57-46 in the first round of the classic, but met their match the next day in the Lady Generals, ultimately losing 52-47. The Lady Vikings led 23-19 at halftime.
The hosts shot 5-of-9 from the three-point arc, while the Lady Vikings shot a poor 4-of-19 from the arc.
Vinton County forward Michaela Puckett led all scorers in the championship game with 18 points. The sophomore has been a force in the paint during the first half of the season for the young team.
The Lady Vikings return to action at home against the Trimble Lady Tomcats on Dec. 30.