SOUTH PARIS – The Oxford Hills Vikings have many weapons in their offensive arsenal. Tuesday night, they showcased them all.

The Vikings were successful in transition, outside and inside as they pulled away from the Erskine Eagles for a 59-35 KVAC girls’ basketball victory.

The Vikings (2-0) led 14-8 after one quarter by utilizing their fastbreak offense. Eight of their first 18 points came on uncontested lay ups.

In the second quarter, the home team went on a 9-0 spurt by virtue of its outside game. A 12-footer from the baseline by center Katie Martin gave the Vikings a 20-10 lead. Fellow senior Terry Bunce (a game-high 11 points) got into the flow on successive possessions. First she got her defender to go for a head fake and then drove to the hoop. She followed that up by draining a 3-pointer from the wing and the Vikings led 25-10.

“We were trying to limit their transition and make them take some outside shots,” said Erskine coach Scott Coury. “Unfortunately, they got everything. It’s very hard to cover 22 feet.”

Oxford Hills was up 29-14 at halftime, but proceeded to go on a 13-2 run to begin the second half to extend its lead to 42-17 to put the game away. This time it was the low post effectiveness of starters Kyla and Katie Martin along with reserve center Megan Joyce. Joyce converted a pair of offensive rebounds and Kyla Martin added on of her own. The three combined for 20 points and 17 rebounds for the game.

“We’re primarily a fast-break team,” said Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier. “We need to buckle down and score inside to be able to beat those top-notch teams. One of the keys in the second half was rebounds. They have to be able to put away teams and they did (tonight).”

“It’s good we can do all of those things (offensively) added Bunce.

“But we need to do them all of the time and not split them up into quarters.”

The Eagles (0-2) were paced by Brittany Belden who hit a pair of treys in the second half and finished with 10 points.


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