CASSTOWN– Miami East girls basketball coach Bruce Vanover comprehended what he was up versus in the opening weekend of basketball, starting with a house video game with Fort Loramie Friday night,

However, he also understands for the Girl Vikings to get where they wish to go, it is precisely the kind of obstacles they need.

Fort Loramie proved to be precisely what was expected– one of the top D-IV groups in the state as they are year= in and year-out– as they opened a huge lead early and went on to win 62-21.

” We understood what Fort Loramie was,” Vanover stated. “But, you don’t improve by not playing these teams. You have to play these type of groups to improve.”

And for Miami East, whose roster is an excellent mix of youth and experience– it was a good possibility to get gifted freshman Abigail Kadel, Lindi Snodgrass, Logan Phillips, Maryn Gross and Camryn Francis their very first taste of varsity action.

” We feel really excellent about our young gamers,” Vanover said. “We feel like they are really talented. Obviously, they haven’t seen anyone like Fort Loramie prior to. And that is what this video game did, got them some experience against that sort of skill. That is what they require.”

His veteran players were solid as well.

” That’s the important things about this group,” Vanover said. “Nobody is worried about who is out there. Everybody roots for everyone. When we have success, everybody is delighted.”

Rori Hunley was the only Viking to score in the first half, as Miami East got down 16-0 before a basket by Hunley and routed 21-2, 31-4 and 45-12 at the quarter breaks.

Hunley included another basket early in the third quarter and Francis followed by hitting three straight jumpers.

” I thought we saw a lot of advantages out there,” Vanover said. “I believed (Abigail) Kadel and (Lindi) Snodgrass both provided us some truly good minutes at the guard position. We had some girls that weren’t here tonight and other women stepped up.”

Francis led the East attack with 8 points and Rori Hunley scored 6, while Cadence Gross took down seven rebounds.

Dana Rose led Fort Loramie with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Kenzie Hoelscher added 16 points and six rebounds.

Caitlyn Gasson scored 9 points and Corynn Heitkamp added seven.

Miami East was 8 of 34 from the floor for 23 percent and five of eight from the line for 63 percent.

Loramie was 24 of 55 from the flooring for 44 percent and 10 of 16 from the line for 63 percent.

The Redskins won the fight of the boards 35-22 and had 15 turnovers to the Vikings’ 26.

East will dip into Mechanicsburg today.

” It isn’t going to get any easier,” Vanover said. “They are a skilled team too. Some of our significant objectives are to win the conference, win the sectional and win the district. Fort Loramie isn’t in our conference, they aren’t in our sectional and they aren’t in our district.”

However, as Vanover popular, it is the kind of video game that can assist East get to where they want to go.