WEST TERRE HAUTE - Southmont entered their fourth back-to-back weekend in a row as they made the long bus ride to Terre Haute to battle West Vigo. The Vikings were able to ride two first half runs, to close both quarters, and earn a 78-54 victory.

"As pleased as I was with the team last night, it was really frustrating to come out tonight and not play very well for three quarters," said Mountie coach Jon Sparks. "I thought we started well, especially when we were up 8-4. We executed our defensive game plan very well early, and then all the sudden it stopped."

The Mounties stormed out to that 8-4 lead on six points from Nathan Truncone and a rebound put back by Kaleb Swick. However, after a Viking time-out, West Vigo closed the quarter on a 9-0 to take a 13-8 first quarter lead.

South was able to close the gap to one, at 20-19, with 4:00 remaining in the second on a nice assist from Mitch Dehne to JD Hudson for the lay-in. The Vikings would go on a 16-2 run to close the quarter and take a 36-21 lead into the break.

"We had some people that needed to take more shots, when they had opportunities and didn't," said Sparks. "We had some people that forced some shorts, and found themselves more open than they're used too."

The Mounties shot 34 percent in the first half on 10-29 shooting. However, they were only 1-11 from beyond the arc. The Vikings shot 41 percent in the first half, which included 55 percent, or 6-11, from distance.

South was able to close the lead to 12, midway through the third, but that was the closest they'd get the remainder of the game. The Vikings would outscore South 42-33, in the second half, for the final margin.

The Mounties missed three of their starters for the second game in a row. Both Jacob Budd and Cam Chadd missed both games this weekend, and Heath Whalen has missed the last four. "There's a chance we can get Budd & Whalen back," added Sparks. "As long as Cam keeps progressing, he should be back soon."

The Mounties (4-12, 0-5 SAC) shot 37 percent for the game and had three in double figures. Truncone finished with 14. Swick had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Andrew Gregg came off the bench and scored 11.

The Vikings (9-8) shot 47 percent and had four in double figures, all starters. Corey Vickers led the way with 19. Tyler Wilson had 18, Hayden Corenflos had 14 and 9 boards, and Austin Sappingfield had 13.

The Mounties will be back in action next Friday as they host Sagamore Athletic Conference foe Tri-West. The game will be a boy/girl doubleheader with the boys' game starting at 7:30 p.m.