McARTHUR – A 19-0 blitz in the first-quarter propelled the Vinton County Lady Vikings toward their fourth consecutive sectional title with a 61-20 win over Gallia Academy on Saturday afternoon.

The second half was played with a running clock, as the Lady Vikings exceeded more than a 30-point lead.

After the win, public address announcer Bruce Knox introduced the team and the Lady Vikings cut down the nets with championship-themed music playing in the background.

The Lady Vikings return to action Tuesday night when they host the Waverly Lady Tigers in a district semifinal. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Vinton County head coach Rod Bentley said the Lady Tigers, who play in a competitive Southern Ohio Conference, have talented players.

“The scary thing about Waverly is they got two 1,000-point scorers,” said Bentley. “They can put some points on the board so we have to be ready.”

Zoiee Smith is one of the better players She is committed to playing at the University of Rio Grande where Morgan Bentley will also be attending next year.

 The Lady Vikings earned their way to the district semifinal by having some balanced scoring and rebounding Lady Angeles.

Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Vikings, led by Myriah Davis with 19 points. Cameron Zinn finished with 15 points and Tegan Bartoe added 13. Vinton County also received offensive production from Morgan Bentley, who finished with nine points, while Lacie Williams had three, and Lydia Lenegar had two.

The Lady Vikings were 24 of 61  (39.3 percent) from the field including of 7 of 20 (35 percent) from three-point range. Vinton County also made 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) foul shots.

The Lady Vikings had 26 rebounds, as Bentley grabbed six, while Zinn had five, and had five of Vinton County’s 13 steals in the game.

Maddie Petro led the way for Gallia Academy with nine points. The Blue Angels made eight field goals, one three-pointer, and were 1 of 4  (25 percent) from the charity stripe.

From the opening tip, the Lady Vikings dominated with a 19-0 run, as Zinn scored the first points of the game at the 6:23 mark in the first quarter. Bentley followed with a three-pointer to give the Lady Vikings a 5-0 lead.

Davis also got into the act as she added a couple of buckets to extend the lead to 13-0, and Bartoe scored late to give the Lady Vikings the 19-0 advantage.

The Blue Angles finally broke their offensive drought in the second quarter when Petro scored a field goal with 7:14 left. The Lady Vikings went on to extend their lead to 36-9 at the half and 59-13 after the third quarter.

Vinton County scored only two points in the fourth quarter on a basket by Lenegar to secure the 41-point margin of victory.

Bentley says the district is the target the team has been shooting for all season and the mindset is clear.

“Every game is 0-0 from now on, so we have to keep playing and getting better," said Bentley. “We're proud of our program and our girls. Our biggest goal is winning the district championship and we want to get ready to play.”