Lady Vikings hold on for win in tourney


New Site's Shelby Stricklen left tries to pass the ball back out while Fort Walton's Dominique Darby closing in on defense.

Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 04:26 PM.

Before a packed house, the Fort Walton Beach Lady Vikings held on for a 41-39 win over the New Site Royals of Mississippi in the semi-finals of the Destin Holiday Classic at the Destin Community Center Saturday night.

After leading by 16 at the half, the Vikings came out flat in the third and gave up 11 unanswered points.

"I think we got relaxed," said Fort Walton Beach Coach Holly McDaniel.  "We didn't play as intense and for a while they were playing harder than us."

In the third quarter alone, the Royals outscored the Vikings 13-2. Malaya Evans scored the lone basket for the Vikings at the 1:56 mark.

"If we don't play hard, nothing good happens. That's with any team, but especially for us," McDaniel said. "All our momentum comes on the defensive end and if we're not playing hard on the defensive end and getting stops, then nothing positive is going to happen."

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Vikings stepped it up just enough to pull off the win.

"We had a little bit of luck and we made some big stops," McDaniel said.

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