South Winn’s Mary Frana takes aim from the perimeter as Viking Ambria Pipho gets lined up on defense. Others watching the play unfold for the Warriors are Janessa Zweibohmer and Alison Heying, while Vikings on the floor behind Pipho are Bryar Duwe and Kylah Quandahl. (Photo by Becky Walz)
South Winn’s Mary Frana takes aim from the perimeter as Viking Ambria Pipho gets lined up on defense. Others watching the play unfold for the Warriors are Janessa Zweibohmer and Alison Heying, while Vikings on the floor behind Pipho are Bryar Duwe and Kylah Quandahl. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Take away the second quarter and the game between the Decorah girls’ basketball team (8-3) and South Winn (0-8) may look a lot different. However, the 36-point period propelled the Lady Vikes to a comfortable lead and the 52-11 win Saturday afternoon.

“As a coach, it’s always great to see your team transfer the things you work on in practice into game situations. These last two games, the girls have shown a lot of growth and maturity in that aspect,” said Viking girls’ coach Shannon Quandahl.

“We started off strong in the first quarter, however, in the second and third quarter we lost our fire. We picked up the tempo again in the fourth and made some great hustle plays. We are playing more as a team than ever before, and are continuing to improve every game,” said South Winn coach Kayla Ross.

After the first two minutes Decorah claimed a 4-2 lead before the shooting by both squads went cold. Amanda Kuehner drained a free throw with 1:55 left in the first to get the ball flowing through the hoop again for Decorah. With time winding down, South Winn’s Liz Tieskoetter knocked down a trey which Viking freshman Bryar Duwe quickly countered to give Decorah an 8-5 lead after the first eight minutes.

Decorah couldn’t miss in the second period as it went on a 32-0 run before Warrior freshman Morgan Kleve put up South Winn’s lone points of the quarter, leaving the Vikings with a 44-7 halftime lead.

The Vikings extended their lead by six while shutting out the Warriors in the third period.

It was a pair of steals and layups for Clare Courtney in the final quarter for South Winn, while Amanda Kuehner connected for Decorah’s lone basket.

Decorah’s Duwe led all scorers with 18 points. Ambria Pipho came through with 16 points while Kuehner had 11.

For the Warriors, Tieskoetter led the way with five points, two rebounds and two steals. Courtney had four points, three boards and three steals. Kleve had South Winn’s other two points. Mary Frana contributed a team-high five rebounds.