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Charlo basketball teams open season against county rivals

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CHARLO — The Charlo Vikings and Lady Vikings opened their 2021-22 prep basketball season this past weekend by clashing with non-conference cross county rivals Mission and Arlee.

On Friday evening, the Vikings and Lady Vikings were swept by the visiting Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. The Bulldogs defeated the Vikings 78-42, while the Lady Bulldogs outpaced the Lady Vikings 55-40.

Hayleigh Smith led the Lady Vikings with a 17-point and five rebound performance, while teammate Mila Hawk added 15 points and snagged four rebounds.

For the Vikings, Keaton Piedalue scored a team-high 12 points followed by Wesley Anderson and Tucker Love who both booked seven points apiece.

Hosting Arlee on Saturday evening, the Charlo squads split their games against the visiting Warriors and Scarlets. 

The Vikings fell to the Warriors, 65-43. The Vikings were led by Anderson who scored 12 points and Stetson Reum who chipped in 10. The Vikings fell behind by 12 points after the first quarter and trailed 40-21 entering the locker room at the half. 

In the girls’ game the Lady Vikings rebounded from their loss the previous night with a 43-23 victory over Arlee.

Charlo came out hot against the Scarlets, jumping out to a quick 11-2 first-quarter lead. The Lady Vikings pushed their lead to 13 points 22-9 at halftime after their defense had limited Arlee’s offense to nine total points in the first half. 

Hawk scored a game-high 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and made seven steals. Smith scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds followed by Kassidi Cox with six points.

The Vikings and Lady Vikings are back on the court Friday evening when they travel to St. Regis for a 14C District match up with the Tigers and Lady Tigers.

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