NELSONVILLE – The Vinton County Lady Vikings stayed in contention for a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division lead with a 56-41 win on the road against Nelsonville-York Thursday evening.

The win improved the Lady Vikings to a 9-4 (5-1 TVC Ohio) while the Lady Buckeyes are 9-7 (6-3 TVC Ohio).

 The win was important to Vinton County because it kept Nelsonville-York from clinching the title as they were trying to dethrone the defending champs. The loss alleviates a 49-38 loss to Lady Buckeyes earlier in the season. 

Cameron Zinn, who entered Thursday’s contest with 996 points, scored her 1,000th career point at the 3:59 mark in the first quarter.

 The game was stopped, and Zinn was recognized for her accomplishment, and she gave out hugs to her coaches, teammates, and coaches.

The Lady Vikings led 11-3 when she accomplished her feat.

Zinn also captured her 300th career assists and steal in the contest. Zinn is going to Wheeling University on a volleyball scholarship next year.

The Lady Vikings had three players finish in double figures, led by Tegen Bartoe with 21 points.

Zinn finished with a double-double, as she had 19 points and 14 rebounds (all in the first half), and Lacie Williams added 15 points in the win. Lindsay Riddle scored the other point for the Lady Vikings. 

For the game Vinton County shot 24.8 percent (19 of 77) from the field, including 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from three-point range. They also made 12 of 17 attempts from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Nelsonville-York shot 22.2 percent (10 of 45) from the floor and 23.8 percent (5 of 21) from behind the three-point arc. The Lady Buckeyes also connected on 16 of 25 shots from the charity stripe.

McKenzie Herd led all scorers for Nelsonville-York, as she scored a game-high 22 points. Airah Lavy also pitched in 11 points for the Lady Buckeyes.

Although the Lady Vikings led the entire way, the game seemed much closer. Nelsonville-York Cayleigh Dupler made a three-pointer with 3:00 minutes left to cut the deficit to 12. However, Bartoe responded with a three to counter the shot. 

It was indicative of the way the game started as the Lady Vikings got off to a 6-1 start when Zinn converted an old-fashioned three-point play. The action tightened as Herd hit a couple of two-point field goals and the score was 15-11 at the end of the first quarter. Zinn led the way with eight points.

In the second quarter, the Lady Vikings extended the lead to 36-22 at halftime. Zinn finished with 11 points for Vinton County to lead the way. 

In the third quarter, the Lady Vikings pushed the lead to 16 points, 44-28, and went on to close out the 15-point victory.

The Lady Vikings now enter the home stretch of the season. They return to action Monday at Wellston.