VALPARAISO — Aleah Ferngren is a sophomore whose energy Valparaiso girls hoops coach Candy Wilson has been waiting to unleash.
All over the court Tuesday night against Kankakee Valley, Ferngren quickly picked up a steal here, then dished the ball away for an assist.
An electric guard, she helped pace a defense that held K.V. to nine points in the first quarter and without a point for the first half of the fourth quarter. The Vikings picked up their second straight win over a Northwest Crossroads Conference team with a 63-45 victory.
"We wanted to try to shut them out (of shooting)," Ferngren said. "We practiced our defense, and we wanted to pack it inside a lot."
Ferngren had eight steals, five assists and 12 points for the Vikings (2-0), who beat Hobart by 58 points on Nov. 2.
"She has mad, mad energy," Wilson said. "She does a lot of great things. She's matured a lot and become a great player."
Ari Gerdt added three assists and three steals to go with her 10 points and Taelynn Oelling had 13 points for Valpo.
"This was a total team effort," Wilson said.