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Lady Viks cage Aardvarks 48-45

Vale’s Emersyn Johnson drives toward the basket during a non-league contest with Fruitland earlier in the season. (The Enterprise/File)

PORTLAND – The Vale varsity girls basketball team used a big second half and performances from key players to post a 48-45 win over Oregon Episcopal School Friday in a first-round Class 3A playoff game.

“It was an exciting game,” said Vale coach Jason Johnson.

The Vikings trailed by nine at halftime and grabbed their first lead, 43-42, late in the game when Emersyn Johnson hit a key three-point bucket. 

Viking Kailey McGourty victimized the Aardvarks inside the paint with 16 points to lead the Vikings. McGourty became the weapon of choice for the Vikings after the Aardvarks (19-4) used defense to stymie Vale’s outside guards.

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