LEIPSIC — Leipsic had just four practices as a team due to the length of the Viking volleyball season.

The lack of practice may have led to the Vikings getting off to a slow start Friday night as they hosted Pandora-Gilboa in their season opener. As Leipsic was able to get court time together they picked up their game as they ran off to a 61-29 Putnam County League win over the Rockets.

Pandora-Gilboa never trailed in the opening quarter as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and after the Vikings tied the game at 5-5, the Rockets went back up 9-5 on two baskets by Hailey Dysert. The Vikings scored the final three points of the opening quarter as sophomore Krysten Martinez came up with a steal and basket to make the first quarter score 9-8.

The Vikings late first quarter surge carried over into the second quarter as they scored the first nine points of the quarter as a three-pointer by Ally Kirkendall gave Leipsic their first lead of the contest at 11-8. The Vikings would never trail again in the game after that run. The Rockets pulled within 19-15 in the quarter on a Makayla Kinsinger bucket before Leipsic scored the final nine points of the quarter for a 28-15 halftime lead. Freshman Ava Henry helped spear the late surge with a pair of three-pointer.

The third quarter saw the Vikings defense help extend their lead as they held the Rockets to nine points, while forcing double digit turnovers with their fullcourt defensive pressure. Leipsic built a 48-24 lead as they had a 7-0 run in the quarter and closed it with an 8-0 run as sophomore Whitney Langhals had a pair of baskets.

Liz Scheckelhoff paced the Vikings with 17 points and Henry added 16 points as she drained three three-pointers.

Lacie Fenstermaker led the Rockets with nine points and Dysert added eight points.