Stallings, Molder spark Viking win

Saturday, December 16, 2006
The Vikings' Kyle Dyer is hammered on a layup attempt. (T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)

Coach Mike Edmondson's Community Vikings matched last year's win total with a 48-36 victory over Huntland in front of a packed house in Unionville Friday evening behind sophomore Justin Stallings' 17-point, 10-rebound effort.

Community (5-3) opened the game showing the effects of the six-day layoff in the first two periods and it showed on the scoreboard as they trailed 10-9 after one. The teams were knotted at 18-all at intermission.

"We feel real fortunate to play that poorly and still be in the game at that point," Edmondson said. "They did a good job of sandwiching down on Justin in the first half and we weren't hitting our shots when we were getting good looks."

The Hornets (1-8) scored first to go up by two in the third, but it would be the last lead that they would enjoy as the Vikings went on an 11-4 run fueled by three Chris Molder baskets to close out the period with a 29-24 advantage.

"Chris came in and hit some big shots for us to get us untracked," Edmondson said. "We have been scoring in the 60s consistently so this game tells us that we need to get back into the gym and work on shooting the ball more."

Stallings, Dustin White and Christian Edmondson combined for 17 of the 19 points scored by the Vikings in the fourth quarter to finish off the win.

Community shot a woeful 7-of-17 from the free-throw line.

"It was ugly, but any win is a good win," Edmondson said. "It is a sign that we are growing up some and that we found a way to win the game on an off night. We felt the effects of not playing for a while and that is always tough on an offense. Our defense pulled us through in this game.

"We are going to keep getting after it in practice this week and be ready for the game on Tuesday."

Freddie Arnold paced the Hornets with 11.

Huntland connected on 17-of-28 shots from the foul line. They had 18 attempts in the first half and hit 12 to keep the game close up to that point.

Community plays host to Mt. Pleasant in another non-district matchup on Tuesday night.