Posen caps 3rd straight perfect NSL slate

POSEN-Thursday was another big night in Posen for the Vikings’ girls basketball team.

The Vikings hosted Hillman in their last home game of the season and came up with their 19th straight win, 73-36.

It was their 14th North Star League win of the season and their 48th consecutive North Star League regular season win. The win also caps off three years of undefeated regular seasons in conference play for Posen (19-0, 14-0 NSL).

Thursday was also another record breaking night for Korynn Hincka. She broke Posen’s single season scoring record of 472, set by Mary Calhoun and had 490 points for her season total at the end of the night after leading Posen with 26 points.

“We’re just ecstatic to run the table of the North Star League. To end like this at home and with Korynn’s record couldn’t be more exciting,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.

Hillman (8-9, 8-5 NSL) scored the first basket of the night off an early Abby Olree basket. Posen then went on a streak that included four Hincka baskets as well as Bev Bednarski and Jenna Hincka field goals.

The Vikings zone defense left the Tigers flustered as two and sometimes three Vikings players popped up around a Hillman player with the ball. Posen led 21-6 at the end of the period.

The second quarter saw an increase in Hillman defensive pressure as the Tigers tried to isolate Korynn as much as possible and were often successful. It took Posen nearly a minute and a half to score their first field goal of the period, a shot in which Korynn broke the record.

Hillman began calming down and setting up some more successful offensive plays. Morgan Hardies was especially effective, scoring six points in the quarter and snagging vital rebounds for second and third chance opportunities. Jensen Tchorzynski was also effective at setting up offensive momentum and pushing the ball under the net.

However, the Vikings kept up smooth momentum, passing well and creating turnovers.

Bednarski was the top scorer of the quarter, hitting seven points. Korynn followed close behind with six and Posen led 36-13 half.

The Tigers seemed to wake up in the third quarter with their biggest scoring output of the game.

“We did better in the second half, it was more of a group effort by everybody. Once they relaxed, they started getting the ball to the places they needed to be on the floor and we were able to take advantage of that,” Hillman head coach John Kuzewski said.

Hardies remained effective while Tchorzynski seemed to awake defensively. Hardies hit three baskets while Tchorzynski hit a trey and a field goal.

The Vikings continued their strong offensive play with overall continued pressure. Korynn continued to sink shots while Bednarski hit a three-pointer and a field goal. Kayla Lenard also contributed a field goal in a quarter that saw Posen jump to a 56-25 lead.

The fourth quarter saw a similar outcome with Korynn scoring seven points. It was a more foul heavy quarter with both teams getting a lot of free throw chances. Posen hit 5-of-8 while Hillman sank 4-of-6.

“Hillman always plays hard. They got a good team and John’s a great coach. We got a great rivalry but we were really on our A game tonight,” Momrik said.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Posen. They set the tone really early in the game. When you fall behind by over 20 points it’s hard to catch up with a team like them and they took advantage of that,” Kuzewski said.

The Posen JV team also pulled out a win with a 31-23 defeat of Hillman.

Posen (73): K. Lenard 1-0-0-2: A. Sharpe 1-0-0-2: J. Hincka 2-1-2-5: A. Couture 4-1-2-9: L. Peyer 0-1-2-1: A. Meyers 4-1-4-10: B. Bednarski 8-1-3-18: K. Hincka 11-4-7-26.

Hillman (36): A. Olree 3-2-5-8: A. Jones 0-1-2-1: M. Jones 0-1-2-1: J. Tchorzynski 3-5-8-12: K. Boldrey 1-0-0-3: M. Hardies 4-2-2-10: K. Kenyon 0-1-2-1.