Lady Vikes lose despite big game from Alipate


Grant Shorin

Annie Susco (’13) dribbles the ball during Paly’s game against Gunn. The Lady Vikes lost 40-34 to Lynbrook High School, dropping their record to (8-11) overall and (4-4) in SCVAL league play.

Under the lights at quad night, the girls’ basketball suffered a 40-34 loss to Lynbrook High School last Friday. Despite a 13 point performance by Charlotte Alipate (‘14), Lynbrook’s uptempo offense was too much for the Lady Vikes’ full court pressure. The Vikings’ record falls

I thought Charlotte did a good job” Coach Peters said. “She played hard and she’s getting a lot better as the season goes on.”

Both teams came out sloppy in the first half. The Lady Vikes, especially, had many missed opportunities and careless turnovers. The Vikes found themselves trailing early in the contest but a few three pointers from Alipate kept the Vikes in the game. Lynbrook quickly went on a 6-0 run causing head coach Scott Peters to burn a timeout.

“I think we need to talk better on defense and be more decisive on offense,” Peters said.

Coach Peters switched up the defense to a half court trap forcing many turnovers from the Lynbrook team. A few baskets by Coco Lovely (‘16) and Josie Butler (‘13) helped the Vikes cut the deficit to four at the half trailing 18-14.

The offense started to pick up for both squads at the beginning of second half. Point guard Maddy Atwater (‘16) came out firing on all cylinders scoring the first 5 points of the quarter. However, Lynbrook came out quick in transition matching all the buckets hit by the Vikings.

Going into the 4th quarter the game was tied at 28 all. Lynbrook quickly went on a 7-0 run leading to a Viking timeout. The Vikings came out of the time out with a different uptempo offense leading to a couple quick baskets by Annie Susco (‘13) and Atwater to cut the deficit to 37-32 with 2 minutes remaining.

With Lybrook draining all of their free throws down the stretch it was too little too late for the Lady Vikes.

“Things didn’t come out the way we wanted to but I thought we all came out with a good mentality” Alipate said.

Girls’ basketball will play at Wilcox next Wednesday in the second to last league game of the season.