Vikes near century mark in scoring

By Becky Walz,

Trey McCain drives by a pair of West Delaware defenders Monday on his way to the hoop. (Driftless Multimedia photo by Becky Walz)

Monday’s score was well above the Class 3A No. 1 Vikings’ average of 78.3 points per game as the Decorah boys’ basketball team handled West Delaware with ease in the Class 3A Substate 3 semifinals, 98-41.
Decorah enters the substate semifinal with a 20-2 record as the Vikes will host Wahlert Catholic (10-12) Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. West Delaware ends the season with a 2-20 record. If Decorah wins, the substate final will be held in Decorah against the winner of the Charles City and Hampton-Dumont semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.
It was slow going in the scoring department for both squads, with the score tied 10-10 at the 4:44 mark of the first period. Ben Bockman lit the fire for the Vikes on a shot-and-one, a pair of threes and another basket as Decorah outscored West Delaware 15-2 to close out the period, taking a 25-12 lead.
Carrying that momentum into the second quarter, Decorah’s Zach Driscoll had a pair of early steals that led to layups for the Vikes by the 6:56 point on the clock to push ahead, 31-12. The Hawks suffered another three minute scoring drought as Decorah continued its hot streak, leading to a 52-20 halftime advantage.
By the end of the third period, Decorah led 77-34 and emptied the bench in the fourth, with the reserve players maintaining the offensive attack with 21 points.
Individual stats were unavailable at press time.

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