POSEN-The Posen girls basketball team has shown the ability to pour on the offense when things are clicking, but defense got the job done for the Vikings on Thursday.
Behind a relentless half-court and full-court press, the Vikings routed Mio 69-29 at home to earn another North Star League victory and inch a step closer to winning another league title.
Posen's remaining league games are Monday at Alcona and Tuesday at Fairview.
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Posen’s Ashley Meyers passes to a teammate during a girls basketball game in Posen on Thursday,
The Vikings' offense got things done early as Posen jumped out to a 17-0 lead. But a lot of that came from the stellar defensive effort of the Vikings who backed the Thunderbolts into tight spaces and stripped the ball away during countless trips down the floor.
"It was awesome. The girls, you tell them how hard we need to play and this is the kind of defense we need to play to win in the tournament," Posen coach Karl Momrik said of his team's defensive effort." Kayla Lenard and Jenna Hincka, they're defense was incredible; they won't let you breathe."
Korynn Hincka led Posen (13-0, 9-0 NSL) with 39 points and Anjelica Patterson and Jenna Hincka each added eight points.
Mio's normally tenacious offense found itself stifled by Posen and often resorted to passing the ball around the arc as quickly as possible to find an open shot. Leslie Asman led the Thunderbolts with nine points and the team's leading scorer Jalen DeFlorio was limited to four points.
Mio (7-5) was able to break through Posen's press for a short time in the second quarter, but couldn't score enough to keep pace with the Vikings, especially Korynn who scored 15 points in the first quarter alone.
"We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game. They are very good and we have tremendous respect for their program," Mio coach Hellen DeFlorio said. "All I can ask for is for the girls to fight hard and do what they know how to do."
Posen led 35-16 at halftime and took off again in the third quarter, opening the period on a 13-0 run to take a 48-16 lead. Mio was limited to just two field goals in each of the last two quarters while Posen's depth overwhelmed the Thunderbolts on both ends of the floor.
Next up for Posen is a rematch of the season opener; a game where the Vikings topped Alcona 55-48. The difference is that this game counts toward the league standings and the Tigers represent Posen's last real obstacle in a bid for a second straight perfect regular season.
The Vikings will be ready to go though as they're looking at each game with a postseason mentality.
"Every game is just like the tournament the rest of the way and we have to treat it like that no matter who we're playing," Momrik said. "We've got to get ready."
Mio's JV team beat 40-28.
POSEN (69): K. Hincka 17 5-8 39; A. Sharpe 2 0-2 4; A. Patterson 4 0-0 8; J. Hincka 4 0-0 8; A. Meyers 2 3-6 7; T. Chojnacki 1 0-0 2; K. Lenard 0 1-2 1.
MIO (29): L. Asman 2 4-4 9; C. Curtis 0 0-2 0; J. DeFlorio 1 2-4 4; K. Lefler 1 4-5 6; C. DeFlorio 1 0-1 2; J. Smith 0 0-2 0; B. Ellis 2 0-0 6; S. Mangutz 0 2-2 2.