The Danville Vikings girls basketball team isn’t too worried about it’s offense this season.

The only question, according to head coach Chuck Miller, is which Vikings player is going to lead the team on the given night.

Saturday, against the Mattoon Green Wave, it was junior Adriane Darnell who came off the bench to score 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to help the Vikings to a 62-50 win.

“Tonight it was Adriane,” said Miller. “She doesn’t start but she just came in and had a good game. It’s just going to be where the matchups are. Tonight, she picked it up.

“Of course Janelle’s (Hensold) always going to be steady, Shadonna’s (Beard) always going to be steady. We’re just looking for someone to step up because Katie (Kassl) fouled out and Katie’s been (doing) a lot for us. It’s just nice to have somebody else to step up and pick up the slack a little bit.”

Darnell and fellow post player, Chelsey Miller (15), combined for half of Danville’s points in the win — something coach Miller was glad to see.

“They’ve been working on their post moves and that’s something we’ve been talking about,” he said. “‘Hey, if you’re one-on-one just give them the ball and give them a chance and you might get it back. We’re trying to get our guards to give them a look and then relocate and maybe you’ll get it back and get a better look.”

Beard shared the ball racking up a total of seven of the team’s 13 assists with Hensold accounting for four.

Danville (4-2 overall, 1-0 in the Big 12) found itself down by as many as eight early but outscored Mattoon 12-6 in the second quarter.

The Green Wave (3-4, 0-1) took a 25-23 halftime lead on a buzzer beater.

“When we were down at the half, coach just said ‘get it together because you guys can beat them,’” said Darnell. “We all had the confidence that we could beat them.”

“That last-second shot, we shouldn’t have let them get it,” added Beard. “When we went to halftime we knew that we had to play more aggressive when we came back out and just pass the ball and play as a team.”

That’s when Darnell stepped up, making seven of Danville’s 13 second-half field goals.

The Vikings’ defense is an aspect that coach Miller still feels the team can improve.

“The kids are playing well,” said coach Miller. “Where we’re at right now is just trying to continue to improve. Our defense is getting better. I just think we are better offensively this year. If our defense continues to improve, we like our chances. That was a big one. We hadn’t beat Mattoon in a while.”

“Today is our first conference game,” said Beard. “It feels like we are on top even though it is 1-0 (in the conference). To win our first conference game just helps us for future games. We’ve just got to keep it up and play as a team.”

The Vikings will be at Champaign Centennial on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., before hosting Decatur MacArthur on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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