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High School Boys' Basketball - Week One Summary
Williams Valley starts off its season with win over non-league rival Halifax
By Mike Hutchins, Contributing Writer

Williams Valley 45, Halifax 37, Dec. 5: Williams Valley was looking for something early in the season to build confidence.

The Vikings are starting the season with four new starters, having suffered big losses to graduation.

They got the boost they needed with an opening-night, 45-37 win over Halifax Area Dec. 5.

“It was a nice win for us, especially after starting with four new inexperienced players,” Viking Head Coach Denny Kasper Sr. said. “Hopefully we can get better with each game. Halifax has a really nice team and are well coached.”

The Wildcats came out and connected on their first five shots of the night and took an 11-8 lead after one quarter. Halifax held that three-point lead through three quarters, leading 26-23 heading into the fourth quarter.

Behind junior Nick Rodichok’s big fourth quarter, when he scored 14 of his game-high 16 points, the Vikes outscored Halifax, 22-11, to pull away for the win. Rodichok had sat most of the third quarter, according to Coach Kasper, because of foul trouble.

Halifax Head Coach Dan Bowman said Halifax did not help itself any by shooting just 3-of-14 (21 percent) from the foul line.

Zach Thompson led Halifax with 10 points. Alex Scheib had seven rebounds and three steals for the ‘Cats.

Southern Columbia 83, Line Mountain 58, Dec. 5: Southern Columbia opened up a 20-8 lead through the first quarter and the Eagles were able to trim the margin to single digits, 38-29, by halftime. A big third quarter by the Tigers put the game out of reach.

Line Mountain freshman C.J. Reichard had a nice debut by leading the Eagles with 21 points. Brady Michael added 12 points. Southern Columbia had two players reach 20-plus points. Mike Klebon had 22 and Kyle Mostik added 21.

Editor’s Note: Game results of Upper Dauphin Area’s Tip-Off Tournament and Millersburg at the Harrisburg Christian Tip-Off Tournament were not available as of press time for this issue.

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