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January 17, 2014

Vikings, Hoskins double their fun

Danville will take two-game win streak into Saturday's game at Urbana

DANVILLE — Sophomore Alexis Hoskins has been striving to record a double-double all season.

The 5-foot-6 forward for the Danville Vikings achieved her goal for the third time this season on Thursday night at Danville High School.

Hoskins finished with 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds as Danville defeated the Decatur Eisenhower Panthers 43-32 in the Big 12 Conference girls basketball game.

"I'm pretty excited, this is something that I've been working hard to get all year and I got another one tonight,'' said Hoskins., who leads Danville with nearly eight rebounds per game. "Getting the points is the toughest part for me. I'm not the greatest shooter and I probably don't dive the ball to the basket enough.''

And what about the rebounds?

"I'm not the tallest player on the court, but that doesn't matter,'' she said. "I just work hard to get the ball.''

Danville coach Brian Anderson said that Hoskins has been one of his pleasant surprises this season as the Vikings improved to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12 Conference.

"Lexi show up like a blue-collar worker with her hard hat on,'' Anderson said. "She goes to work every day on the basketball court.''

Also making a big contribution to Danville's second consecutive victory was junior guard Michaela Jones, who finished with a game-high 20 points, 14 of those coming in the second half.

"We've been struggling a little big and it was kind of disappointing,'' said Jones, as the Vikings had lost six out of seven before last Saturday's win over Decatur MacArthur. "We were going to practice every day and working hard. But, not getting a win can bring down your effort.

"We didn't let that happen. We kept playing hard and we've been able to get some wins.''

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