It was a close and thrilling way to open the season for the Decorah girls basketball team (1-0) as the Vikings knocked off Edgewood-Colesburg 62-61 on the road Friday night.
The Vikings held off the pesky home team in the final minute to get the win.
The game started with Decorah building a fast 5-0 start. Ed-Co came back, taking a 9-7 lead after the first quarter. Things went back and forth in the second, with the game knotted at 29-29 at the halftime break.
In the third, Decorah went up by six at 39-33 with four minutes remaining and led 41-35 at the two-minute mark, but Ed-Co fired back to take a 43-41 lead with eight minutes remaining.
It was back and forth again in the fourth. In the final seconds, trailing by one point, Tess Olinger was in position to take the shot and was fouled. She hit two free throws to get the win.
"Friday's night game was an exciting game to begin the season with. I was proud of how hard the girls played to the very end. We exchanged leads with Ed-Co several times during the game, and our players didn't give up," said Coach Brigit Storhoff. "We were able to push the ball up the floor like we've worked on in practice, and I was confidently able to play 11 girls throughout the game. It was an exciting game that helps our team gain confidence."
The Vikings were pretty balanced offensively. Olinger led the way with a 19-point night, including 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Taylor Schuring and Sondra Zidlicky both had 10 points while Linnea Kephart added eight.
The Vikes are at home tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 26, against Cedar Rapids Xavier.