By Dave Pearce
You have heard it said that what comes around goes around. The girls who transferred to North Posey from New Harmony this year got a first-hand example of what it feels like to go from the smallest school in the state to a school who have more than five or six players out for basketball.
The result was a 43-35 victory over the team that always seemed to be involved in ending the New Harmony Rappites’ season, the Tecumseh Braves. And at least two of them couldn’t be happier.
“It was just awesome,” New Harmony transfer and junior Kelsey Owen said. “At New Harmony, we had come close to beating them but it was nice to finally get that win.”
Owen said that at New harmony, the starting five basically had to play the entire game where at North Posey, there are team members who can come off the bench and give the team quality minutes and give the starters a little break.
“You are definitely fresher when you go back out there,” Owen concluded. Madison Worman agreed that the win was monumental for her and the team.
“I was so pumped after we won that game,” Worman said. “I always enjoyed playing Tecumseh at New Harmony but it was always a bummer to lose to them because they were such good competition in the sectionals and everything. It was good to get some revenge.”
One of the questions entering this season’s basketball team was how well the New Harmony students could gel with the North Posey students. Only half-way through the season, that problem has completely gone away.
“There are three of us… us two and Kendall Morris,” Worman said. “Kendall has mentioned at school that she was happy to finally beat them and finally see that we are better than Tecumseh.”
“This transition has been much easier than I thought it was going to be,” Worman said with a smile. “People are so nice and welcoming here. They have welcomed us with open arms.”
There could be good reason for that. The New Harmony trio has been a big reason why the team has a record of 9-6 against formidable opponents.
Perhaps the most compelling part of the riddle to solve in North Posey is the fact that you cannot concentrate on one player. You never know who is going to score on a given night.
For example, against the Braves, Hannah Harness got the first bucket and Kelsely Owen added a free throw. Worman added a field goal and freshman Kayla Sanford nailed a three. Worman them drove to the basket for two as the Vikings built a 12-8 lead at the end of the first period.
The Vikings opened up the second period forcing a 10-second call and Rachel Ungetheim and Kendall Morris were the first two players to put points on the board in the second period. Sanford hit a free throw and then found Ungetheim open under the basket for two more, which had brought the Braves back to tie at 16-all. They were thwarted as the Vikings held a 19-16 lead at the half.
The final storm the Lady Vikes would have to withstand came at the beginning of the third quarter. A 3-pointer at the 3:37 mark gave the Braves their first lead at 25-23 but a Morris to Owen assist tied it at 25-all.
The Vikings then scored the next seven points as Worman hit a three, Hannah Harness found Amy Brandenstein open inside, and Hannah stuck back her own miss to give the Vikings a 32-25 cushion entering the final period.
The Braves open the fourth period by folding Kayla Sanford on a 3-point attempt. The freshman calmly sank all three and the lead went to ten.
But, the feisty defending Wood Memorial Sectional Champions with everyone back this year, did not go down without a fight. They pulled to within 35-32 before Worman found Haylee Harness for two. A Tecumseh banked-in three was answered by a Kendall Morris 3-pointer swish and the Vikings held on for a 43-35 win.
Then on Saturday, the Lady Vikings methodically put away a potential sectional opponent in 10-4 Perry Central.
The Vikings used a 20-8 third-quarter to pull away and raise their record to 9-6 on the season.
Against Tecumseh, Worman had nine, Morris had eight, Sanford had seven, Ungetheim and Owen had five apiece, and Brandenstein and Harness had two apiece.
Against the Commodores, Sanford and Haylee Harness had nine each while Owen and Worman had seven apiece. Perry and Brandenstein had five apiece while Ungethiem had four and Haylee Harness and Morris had three apiece and Hannah Harness had one.
In reserve action, the Lady Vikings hald on for a 19-17 winner at the buzzer by Brooklyn Hamman off a steal by Abbi Voegel. The reserve Vikings came up just short at 20-17 at Perry Central.
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