Free-throw shooting fuels Lady Vikes to victory

PETERSBURG – In a back-and-forth game, the Petersburg Lady Vikings led 29-27 at halftime before etching out a 64-60 win over Hampshire High School Wednesday night to improve to 5-6 on the season.

Hampshire took a 16-13 verdict in the first before the hosts overtook the lead in the second frame with a 29-27 edge at the break. Up by four, at 43-39, to start the fourth period, Petersburg went on to tie the Lady Trojans, 21-all in the final stanza to hold on for the victory.

With three players hitting double digits in scoring, Petersburg put in over 20 points from the foul line with some sharp shooting from several players, and bucketed some critical treys in the mix to take the win.

The Vikes were led in scoring by Jenna Burgess with 19 points while shooting 5 of 7 at the stripe. Mickala Taylor hit two threes on her way to 13 in the scoring column.

Reece Hedrick netted a perfect 6 out of 6 at the line toward 10 points, and Kayla Lantz had 13 with two shots made from behind the arc.

Carley Turner garnered seven points with a 5 of 6 effort on free throws, and Mackenzie Weasenforth’s four points from the line provided additional insurance for the Vikings.

Hampshire’s Hannah Gordon toasted the basket with five treys to help her net 19 points. Breanna Spring hit a trio of threes to get 12 points, and Gracie Fields also reached double-digit scoring for the Trojans with 11.

Petersburg will return to Potomac Valley Conference action at 7;30 p.m. today at 1-9 Berkeley Springs.