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Vibeto notches 1,000th point in Knights win

ORCS downs Surrey 62-45

Ryan Ladika/MDN Maya Vibeto scores her 1,000th career point in the first quarter of the Knights’ Tuesday night win.

Boasting wins in six of its last seven games, the Our Redeemer’s Christian School Knights girls’ basketball team saw a bit of history take center stage in the team’s fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night.

The entire gym was buzzing with anticipation for Our Redeemer’s sophomore Maya Vibeto’s 1,000th career point, a mark she quickly achieved in the opening minutes of the first half of the Knights’ 62-45 win over the Surrey Mustangs.

“Team play. The team has got her to that point,” Knights head coach Scott Peterson said. “They pass the ball to her, they set screens for her. And she’s just a phenomenal player. She’s a good shooter, she’s starting to use her teammates a lot better this year, so the point production’s going up again this year. That’s just going to help her game.”

With possession of the ball in the near corner, Vibeto dribbled to the paint and pushed off with her left foot, finishing a layup at the rim moments later. The shot was met with thunderous celebration from the Our Redeemer’s (14-2) bench and crowd, and the game was momentarily paused to recognize her achievement while Vibeto was swarmed by her teammates.

“Just a very emotional experience, just immediately looked to my dad, tears of joy came. Just happiness,” Vibeto said of her immediate feelings. “My teammates were so supportive, it made everything 100 times better.”

Vibeto’s milestone shot extended the Our Redeemer’s lead to 15-8 with 2:09 to play in the first quarter and gave her six of the Knights’ first 15 points. The Mustangs’ Amanda Severson led Surrey (9-7) to five points down the stretch, answered by five from Kadyn Braun and Meadow Roberts that gave Our Redeemer’s a 20-13 lead entering the second frame.

Harli Dickman and Amelia Hoffman combined for five points for the Mustangs on a quarter-opening 5-4 stretch, and Melissa Dougan and Mia Aberle would add four more in the final two minutes of the half.

An 8-0 Knights run in between, though, cracked the game open and aided Our Redeemer’s to a 32-22 halftime advantage. Emily Brugman, Aubrey Griedl and Mikayla Altringer each factored in during that span.

“Our loss to (Bishop) Ryan flipped the switch. Now we’re playing good team ball. We’re using each other, passing the ball, moving, playing good defense,” Peterson added. “I think that stands for itself. You’re never going to win a championship, you can win the MVPs and everything like that playing (individually), but you can never win a championship.”

Severson and Sienna Klimpel led a 10-6 stretch for the Mustangs out of the locker room, and the trio of Vibeto, Braun and Elise Altringer produced five unanswered to lead the Knights into the final eight minutes of play with an 11-point lead.

Severson’s six points paced Surrey in the fourth quarter, but 19 points in the frame on the back of four from Roberts, Braun and Brugman sealed the Knights’ 14th win of the season.

Four Knights hit double digits in scoring on the evening, led by 12 points from Elise Altringer. Braun notched 11 while Vibeto and Roberts both added 10. Severson produced a game-high 16 in the losing effort.

Our Redeemer’s will have a day to prepare for its Jan. 27 home matchup with Des Lacs-Burlington while Surrey will prepare for a meeting with Bishop Ryan on its home floor Jan. 27.

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