By Dave Pearce
The North Posey Lady Vikings got a pair of big conference wins this week when they defeated Heritage Hills 45-35 on Tuesday and turned around to defeat Pike Central on Saturday by a 45-21 count.
The Lady Vikings seem to be finding their stride just at the right time as they have moved their season record to 11-6.
The Lady Vikings put away the Lady Patriots methodically, as they have most of their recent opponents. Coach Tracy Stroud says the team continues to learn how to play together and the depth of the bench have made the team a force to be reckoned with.
That was evidenced by nine Lady Vikings getting into the scoring column during the Heritage Hills game.
The Lady Vikings might have been outsized but they were not outhustled or outplayed as they gravitated toward each loose ball. The combination of defenses used by Stroud and his Lady Vikings forced the Patriots’ 6-3 center away from the basket and allowed the homestanding Vikings to hold their own on the boards.
But the Patriots would get on the board first, making their first shot attempt of the night but Viking Kelsey Owen, off a feed from Madison Worman, pulled the Vikings even at two.
The Patriots scored the next three points to take a 5-2 lead before Hannah harness connected to pull the Vikings to within 5-4. When Owen snagged an offensive rebound and was fouled, she hit both free throws and the Lady Patriots had enjoyed what would be the last time they would lead in the game.
Haylee Harnedss hit a pair of free throws before Kendall Morris and Rachel Ungetheim each got on the board and the Vikings led 11-7 at the quarter break. More impressively, five players had scored the Vikings’ 11 points.
.The second quarter began much like the first as the Lady Patriots would draw first blood to pull to within 11-9. But the Lady Vikes would go on an 8-0 run on points by Ungetheim, Morris, and Worman to take a 19-9 lead before the lady Patriots could find paydirt again.
A Hannah Harness rebound bucket would leave the Vikings with a comfortable 21-14 lead at the half.
But senior Amy Brandenstein sparked a good third-quarter as she answered after again, the Lady Patriots scored the first points.
But the New Harmony trio of Owen, Morris, and Worman took scoring into their own hands in the third period as the trio put the next nine Viking points on the board to expand their lead to 32-21 after three quarters.
The Lady Patriots made a run at the Lady Vikes, pulling to within 37-30 with 2:35 to go.
But with the Patriots being forced to foul, the Vikings made 6-of-12 free throws down the stretch and held the Patriot offense in check to take their tenth win of the season.
The junior set of Owen and Worman each had 10 to lead the team in scoring while Brandenstein had eight. Hannah Harness added six while Ungetheim had three and Haylee Harness had two.
On Saturday, the Lady Vikings traveled to Pike Central and a dominating first half left the lady Chargers wondering what had hit them.
The Lady Vikes scored 10 points in the opening quarter while holding the hosts to only three points in the opening quarter then proceeded to outscore the Chargers 15-6 to take a 25-9 lead into the half.
The Chargers gained a little in the third period before the Lady Vikings blew the doors off in the final period, outscoring the Lady Chargers 17-6.
Again, eight players would score against the Lady Chargers with none of them reaching double figures. Worman, Ungetheim, and Haylee Harness each had seven while Brandenstein and Owen had six apiece. Brianna Perry had five and Hannah Harness added a single field goal.
The competition level will improve this week as the Vikings were slated to host Tell City on Saturday at noon. With four conference games to go, the Vikings are holding their Pocket Athletic Conference destiny in their own hands as they face Tell City, South Spencer, Forest Park, and Gibson Southern in the final two weeks of the regular season.
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