Though a slow start plagued it once again, the Mossyrock boys basketball team settled down and outscored Winlock by 19 points in a 74-62 home win Saturday.
The Vikings (6-6, 3-3 1B CVL) trailed the Cardinals, still looking for their first win of the season, by seven at the half, but moved the ball much better in the second half and got back to playing strong defense.
“We came out slow, I’ve been emphasizing defense for the rest of this year,” Vikings coach Adam Deck said. “Right away we didn’t get out and defend, it was frustrating. Finally we started to move the ball against their zone and got some open looks.”
Mossy’s Easton Kolb had another breakthrough game, scoring a team-high 19 points, while Zack Munoz (18 points) and Hunter Isom (11 points) also registered in double figures.
For Winlock, Payton Sickles came out on fire, and paced the Cardinals offense in a tightly contested game and great first half shooting.
“Credit to Payton Sickles,” Deck said. “He played a great game, all around, we didn’t have an answer for him. They barely missed, they ran their offense and played really well, credit to them and their coaches for getting them to play hard.”
The Vikings will look to keep their momentum from the second half going against Onalaska on the road on Monday at 5:45 p.m., while the Cardinals take on Toutle Lake on Wednesday.