The West Vigo Vikings are one of those teams that no one really wants to face this season. An undersized team that comes into all the games as the underdog with a quite sizable chip on their shoulder.
With a 2-1 record to this point the Vikings have shown that massive amounts of hustle and hard nosed, aggressive play can overcome what might seem like insurmountable odds.
Last week against a towering Owen Valley squad that starts a 6'10" center, a 6'7" forward and a pair of 6'3" guards, not only did West Vigo dominate the course of play in the first half, but even outrebounded the Patriots despite playing most of the game with only one player over 6'0" tall.
After ringing up 100 points in an opening win over North Vermillion, the Vikings showed that despite diminutive size in their lineup, they can still fill up the bucket. So add that scrappy aforementioned attitude, apply that to defense and you can imagine what the pace of play will be like when Northview takes to the court for their third home game of the season on Friday night.
You can bet that quite a few of the Knights will be staring at the West Vigo bench and remembering their loss on the gridiron a couple of months ago in a contest that decided the WIC Conference title.
Five Northview varsity basketball players also played, and saw extensive minutes versus the Vikings in October. On the other side, five West Vigo varsity basketball athletes also shared the football field with the Knights. So Friday should see emotions running quite high.
The Vikings like to run a high octane offense much like the Knights have the past couple of years. West Vigo uses their speed and quickness to take advantage of the fast break and their transition ability. The Vikings aren't afraid to drive to the hoop through the proverbial trees as they've shown so far this season.
Jitterbug guard Sean Lowe, a 5'6" sophomore, had 25 points versus the Patriots while the Vikings' big man, 6'4" senior Jared Modesitt added 15 points and eight boards. They also received 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds from 6'0" junior guard Chris Lawson.
The Knights have shown so far this season that they quite interchangeable. After last season's top scorer Logan Whitman hit for just five points against Terre Haute North, the rest of the Knights just stepped up that much more. Travis Hughes hit for 16, Josh Timm added 12, Craig Greenwood and Amos Wegner had seven each and Zach Keyes flat out dominated in the first half on his way to 20 points on a gimpy ankle.
The Knights are quick and athletic which should match up well with the Vikings. Their height should give West Vigo troubles as evidenced by last year's 79-46 Northview victory.
The matchups are favorable for Northview and expect Whitman to rebound strongly against the Vikings. The condition of Keyes ankle might play a factor, but as the Knights have shown, even without one scorer they can still wipe you out.