GAYLORD-The Posen girls basketball team has had the kind of year that would please any team.
The Vikings were undefeated in the regular season and swept through the districts without much of a problem, beyond a tough first quarter with a determined Rogers City team in the district final.
They're now two games away from taking the regional championship, but first they have to get through Pellston, who they'll play at 8 p.m. tonight at Gaylord High School in a regional semifinal.
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Posen’s Bev Bednarski (34) looks to pass to a teammate while being defended by Mio’s Tayler Blamer during a girls basketball game at Posen High School. The Vikings are playing in their fourth straight regional semifinal tonight against Pellston at Gaylord High School. The winner will play either St. Ignace or Pickford on Thursday.
Pellston has a 6-14 record, which may not indicate a strong team but Posen coach Karl Momrik is not taking that for granted.
"They may not have a strong record but they've been getting better lately. They got a lot of size on the team and a lot of seniors. This is a team that has played a lot of basketball," Momrik said.
There is no arguing with the fact that Pellston made it through its district and into the regionals. They have some top talent on the team including Emma Dunham who regularly scores in double figures and Kelly Lewis.
Lewis is a junior guard that has put in a lot of play time for Pellston and who has improved throughout the year. She scored a team-high 18 points in last week's district title win over Wolverine.
Other important players include Abbie Welch and Tori Kirsch, Pellston's tall center.
"They've got a lot of size, a lot of height. Tori is taller than Korynn (Hincka). We're going to have to rely on our quickness to get things done," Momrik said.
Kirsch and Dunham are two of the top rebounders for Pellston.
It shouldn't be too hard for Posen to stay in the game if the Vikings play like they've been playing all year. Players like Hincka, Austin Sharpe and Bev Bednarski have been key to every Posen win. Their high octane speed, accurate shooting and rebounding skills should keep things tight.
Posen also has a lot of depth and players who know how to get things done. Ashley Meyers, Anna Couture and Jenna Hincka are all capable of reaching double figures and their speed contributes to a lot of steals and vital turnovers.
"Basically we're going to do the same things we've been doing all year long. This is a tournament and tournaments are a lot different than a regular season game. You never know who's going to step up and win the game of their life. Pellston is definitely in our focus right now," Momrik said.
St. Ignace plays Pickford in the other semifinal at 6 p.m. and the two winners will meet on Thursday.