A slow second quarter was Decorah's undoing as the girls basketball team (1-3, 0-1 NEIC) fell to Cedar Falls (4-2) Saturday night at home, 49-43.
The Vikes made a big comeback in the second half, giving the home fans something to cheer about.
The Vikes scored the first points of the game. However, it was the only points the team would score until nearly halfway through the period. The Panthers went on a tear the final three minutes of the game, taking a 19-8 lead after the first.
In the second eight minutes, Decorah managed just seven points while the Panthers rolled up 16 to extend the lead to 35-15.
Whatever Decorah Coach Brigit Storhoff said at halftime seemed to work as the Vikings came out on fire in the third quarter, throwing up point after point after point. When the dust settled, Decorah had put up 17 points in the frame, cutting the lead to just six at 38-32.
With five minutes left in the game, the Vikes had cut the lead to 39-42. However, the Vikes could never get the advantage.
Two Vikings were in double figures. Abby Arend had four baskets and converted both free throws for 10 points. Noreen Gentry connected on two threes and two other baskets for 10 points. Anna Madrigal added eight points. Kayla Ingvalson had a big game with six points while Alexis Hove added four.
The Vikes are at home Tuesday, Dec. 11, against Charles City, beginning at 7:30 p.m. They then have a week off.