Cole, Alcona girls looking to avenge early loss to Vikings
LINCOLN The Alcona basketball team was set to face undefeated Posen on Tuesday.
But after a cancellation, the game will take place at 3:30 p.m. today at Alcona High School.
The game features a battle of the area’s top two scorers in Posen’s Korynn Hincka and Alcona’s Karina Cole.
Cole recently scored a school-record 42 points in a win over Whittemore-Prescott and sits just one point shy of 1,000 for her career. She is averaging 22.5 points a game this season.
“We’re gonna have to be aware of where she (Karina) is at all times. She can score from anywhere on the court,” Posen head coach Karl Momrik said.
Cole led Alcona (14-3) with 22 points in a 68-38 loss to Posen in the season-opener for both teams, but she was outdone by Hincka, who poured in a career-high 36 points.
The one player holding Cole off the top of the leaderboard is Hincka. She is averaging 28.8 points a game and has broken Posen’s career and single-season point records this year.
Hincka is a dominating player with major height, speed and shooting advantages, but Alcona’s Brad Cole has a plan to stop her.
“Kendra is going to be one of our important players tonight because she is going to be playing against Korynn. She doesn’t have the experience or speed that Korynn has, but she’s been playing better and better all year and her performance is going to be key to a win,” he said.
Although Alcona lost against Posen (19-0) in the first game of the season, the Tigers have seen steady improvement since then. Players such as Kendra Cole and Megan Quick have emerged as vital, important players that contribute offensive and defensively. Quick is an effective team leader on the court and can set up plays for teammates or knock down shots from the perimeter at the right time. Kendra has emerged as a dominant rebounder and has recorded several double-doubles during the year.
Momrik plans on depending on the team-oriented approach that has taken Posen to the top of the pack time and time again.
“Naturally our first option is Korynn, but one of our big strengths as a team is that there are always two or three others in the mix. Anna Couture, Ashley Meyers and Bev Bednarski are all capable of hitting double figures on any given night. Jenna Hincka has also steadily improved this year and has hit double figures a few times herself,” he said.
Slowing the game down a little may also be key for Alcona, if the Tigers want to win.
“Normally, we run hard against other teams because we’re fast getting back. But Posen can run with us so we’re either going to have to get back more quickly than them or slow down the game. If we can slow down the game, we can slow down their offensive and take control of the game,” Cole said.