The Smoky Valley Vikings fell to Andale in the opening round of State at Emporia 73-54.
A close 1st quarter saw the Vikings trailing 8-7 only to see Andale end the quarter ahead 22-11.
Both teams played hard and the half ended with the Vikings on the short end of a 36-24 score.
Smoky Valley did close it to 44-36 mid 3rd quarter but could not get any closer trailing 52-39 after 3.
Again trying to rally behind Sr. Nick Reinert’s 29 points the Vikings again got it to 59-50 but Andale then put the hammer down and went on to win 73-54.
Reinert’s 29 was the only Viking in double figures as Heitschmidt had 9 and Adams 6.