Keeping it going
By ERIC BENAC
News Sports Writer
HILLMAN-The Posen girls basketball team picked up another win, 59-47, over Hillman that started and ended closer than many may have initially predicted. The game, however, was not a conference game.
“(Hillman) is a scrappy bunch. They played much better than they did the last time we played,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.
Posen (7-0, 4-0 North Star League) took a quick 7-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game. Korynn Hincka hit five of the points while Ashley Meyers hit two free throws.
The Vikings half-court trap created turnover opportunities that they pounced on while they continually snagged offensive rebounds for second and third scoring chances.
However, Hillman answered with six points in the next minute and a half to take an 8-7 lead that was its only lead of the game. Jensen Tchorzynski picked up four of the points, with Alissa Jones pitching in a bucket.
Tchorzynski led Hillman with 13 points.
Hincka answered 20 seconds later to help Posen regain the lead it never lost.
Continued defensive pressure by the Vikings held Hillman basket free for the rest of the quarter, beyond two free throws. The Vikings utilized a coordinated attack between Korynn Hincka, Jenna Hincka and Austin Sharpe to put up 10 more points.
“Our half-court trap was really effective tonight. It created a lot of turnover opportunities for us,” Momrik said.
The second quarter saw increased defensive pressure from both teams. The Tigers picked up several steals by freshman Vanessa Schook that gave them a few scoring opportunities.
Posen’s defensive rebounding took away the Tigers’ second scoring chances. However, the Vikings also started slow, as they didn’t pick up their first basket until two minute had passed, to take a 21-10 lead.
Hillman was held to six points in the second, with Tchorzynski picking up four. With two minutes left in the half, the Tigers trailed 27-16.
By the end of the half, Hincka had piled on three more baskets, including an at-the-buzzer basket to give Posen a 33-16 lead.
Hincka led Posen with 35 points. Meyers had nine.
The Vikings continued their defensive and offensive pressure in the third quarter, holding the Hillman offense scoreless for extended periods. The Tigers kept pushing at the Vikings defensively, but were unable to stop the Vikings attack.
During the third, Posen held a 30-point lead and outscored the Tigers 19-12 in the third quarter to take a 52-28 lead going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter saw Hillman playing more competitively. It was able to hold off Posen’s pressure while mounting its own attack more effectively.
Hillman outscored Posen in the fourth with an 18-7 spread. However, it was too little too late as the Vikings had already done too much damage.
“We handled Posen’s pressure much better this time,” Hillman coach John Kuzewski said.
Posen hosts Cedarville on Wednesday in a non-conference matchup while Hillman hosts Atlanta.