POSEN-The girls basketball season hasn't yet reached the halfway point, but tonight's Posen-Arenac Eastern game comes with a lot at stake.
The two teams meet in Posen at 7 p.m. in a game that could potentially decide the winner of the North Star League title. Both teams are undefeated in league play at 5-0 and tonight's winner will be left standing as the only undefeated team in the league.
With that in mind, the importance of tonight's game isn't lost on the either coach as the winner is theoretically in the driver's seat for the league title. Posen (9-0) and Arenac (8-0) are also undefeated in overall, but Posen also carries a long standing regular season league win record into tonight's contest as well.
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Posen’s Ashley Meyers (33) looks to pass to a teammate while being defended by Alcona’s Karina Cole during a girls basketball game last month at Posen High School. The Vikings will host Arenac Eastern tonight in a battle of two unbeaten North Star League teams.
"All of streaks are on the line. It's a huge game in the North Star League," Posen coach Karl Momrik said. "It's the biggest game of the year. We win, we're in good shape. They win, they're home free."
Arenac's squad doesn't run too deep with only eight players, but what the Eagles lack in depth they make up for in experience. The Eagles returned their starting five from last season and all five players have carried the team a long way. Arenac already scored a win over Alcona earlier this season and has shown the ability to score big. Senior center Chantel Murdick leads Arenac with 19 points a game and junior guard Brooke Schutte is right behind her at 18 points a game.
"They don't have many players, but they're very well coached. Those players have been around a long time, they're all three and four-year starters," Momrik said.
The Eagles might not be so surprised by Posen this time around, but they'll have to play smart if they want to win, especially when they're playing against a tough defense like Posen's.
"It's pretty hard to do against them. They're a pressure team," Arenac coach Butch Beckham said. "Can we handle the pressure? We'll found out. It's a big game for sure and we'll have to play our best to beat them."
Posen has it's usually offensive firepower-Korynn Hincka is averaging 30.7 points and 12.6 rebounds and Ashley Meyers adds 11.7 points-but the Vikings will concentrate on playing a strong defensive game.
"(We can win) through continuous pressure and by getting to their bench," Momrik said.
The two teams will play again on Feb. 13 at Arenac, but that game will not count in the league standings. Should Posen win tonight, the Vikings' toughest remaining league test will likely come against Alcona on Feb. 3.
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