By Sean Lynch
MONTGOMERY — It seemed like every time Valley Central junior guard Katie Crofoot shot the ball on Saturday afternoon, it went through the hoop.
She scored a career-high 21 points and shot 8-of-15 from the field in a 65-45 win over divisional foe Washingtonville.
She’s been shooting the ball more-and-more lately, totaling double-digit points in her last three games.
It’s no surprise her shooting has improved since the beginning of the season, and she explained why.
“I’ve started to shoot a little more in games and been focusing on the arc of my shot,” said Crofoot. “My coach and I looked back on film and saw that I make most of my shots when my arc is higher than the backboard.”
The Vikings came out of the gate strong, scoring 24 points in the first quarter, and never looked back.
They never trailed again, leading by as many as 30 points in the second half.
Sophomore center Shaina Cooney came off the bench for the second time this season and contributed 10 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.
She didn’t start because head coach Randy Axtell wanted to pressure Washingtonville with their two quickest guards.
“I feel I started slow in the first quarter, but got momentum in the second quarter and was able to bring it into the second half,” said Cooney.
Valley Central avenged their early-season loss against Washingtonville by playing more team-oriented basketball. They had 14 assists today — their most all season.
“Today we came together more as a team,” added Crofoot. “It felt really good. We always knew we were able to do it and today we showed everyone else that too.”
With the win, the Vikings improve to 11-3. They are tied with Warwick for the fewest losses in Section 9. Their goal is to win the Section 9 title, and Cooney knows what it’ll take for that to happen.
“I think we’re is a big threat when everyone is on their game and hitting their shots,” she added. “We all work well together, hit the hot hand, and our defense works really well when we communicate. We’ll take each game at a time and play as a family.”