POSEN-Having time off for winter break doesn't seem to have slowed the Posen girls basketball team down any.
The Vikings won their eight straight game on Thursday, beating Presque Isle County rival Rogers City 83-32 at Posen High School during a Pink Out game in support of breast cancer awareness.
Bev Bednarski led Posen with 23 points and Korynn Hincka added 20 points after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.
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Posen’s Anna Couture, left, drives for a basket past Rogers City defender Nikki LaLonde during a girls basketball game on Thursday at Posen High School.
From the opening tip, the Vikings (8-0) kept up a heavy scoring pace on offense and put the pressure on defensively with an unrelenting full-court press that forced the Hurons (1-5) into turnover situations and made them take a lot of contested shots.
Posen held a 32-8 lead after the first quarter after a 14-0 run and two smaller stretches that featured scoring from all throughout the Vikings' lineup; something that coach Karl Momrik was pleased to see.
"I was really happy with the performance. The kids coming back, they hustled, we got a lot of kids in there tonight and played really hard," Momrik said. "They've (the bench players) been improving all year and that's what we need out of those kids. You've got to go 8-9 deep on this team. That's what it takes come tournament time and we're really happy with the hustle of our bench players."
Elena Kowalski scored six points for Posen off the bench and was one of several bench players that saw a significant amount of playing time.
Anna Couture also hit double figures for Posen, scoring 11 points.
Nikki LaLonde led the Hurons with 13 points and was one of the only Rogers City players to get off clean shots against a tough Posen defense. Rebecca Meredith added eight points.
The Vikings surrendered a few buckets to the Hurons to open the second quarter, but responded with a 16-7 run in the last 4:10 of the half to take a 50-21 lead into intermission.
"It's a disappointing loss. We didn't play our best tonight and that's somebody we could be facing in the district championship, so we want to strive to be at that level night in and night out," Rogers City coach Dave O'Bryant said.
The second half didn't get any easier for the Hurons. After LaLonde hit two shots to make the score 54-25 with 4:33 left in the third quarter, Posen ended the period on a dominating 16-0 run, including eight points from Hincka.
After missing a pair of games, Hincka was in top form against the Hurons and did a good job setting up her teammates for easy baskets, particularly Bednarski who was on the receiving end of several outlet passes from Hincka.
"Having her back is great for our team. We're very very excited to have Korynn back. She missed some shots tonight, but she played really well," Momrik said of Hincka. "Her athleticism was good tonight, I didn't see any bad things or anything lingering from the injury."
Posen opened the final quarter with a 9-0 stretch and didn't let up on defense as the Hurons tried all they could to get around the Vikings' defense. Margaret Spens scored a pair of buckets for Rogers City late in the period, but it came after a scoring drought of over 10 minutes that began in the third quarter.
Rogers City's JV team beat Posen 37-30 and was led by Sarah Meredith who scored 16 points. Heather Kaszubowski led the Vikings with 15 points.
POSEN (83): K. Hincka 10 0-4 20; Sharpe 1 3-3 5; Meyers 3 1-2 8; Bednarski 10 3-4 23; Couture 4 3-4 11; J. Hincka 3 2-2 8; Bartz 1 0-0 2; Kowalski 3 0-0 6.
ROGERS CITY (32): Fleming 2 0-0 4; Meredith 4 0-3 3; LaLonde 6 0-0 13; Spens 2 0-0 4; Horn 1 0-0 3.