By Dave Pearce
It might be said that first-year North Posey head basketball Coach Heath Howington is wise beyond his years.
On his first day of meeting with his new team in a new school, Howington told his players that he felt it was his job to do what he could do to put his team in a position to win. And even though the Vikings came out on the short end of a 46-44 score against Mater Dei at Huntingburg on Friday night, it certainly wasn’t because the team was not in a position to win.
As a matter of fact, with just under a minute remaining, the Vikings enjoyed a four-point lead over a Mater Dei team that had their way with the Vikings in Poseyville just a few weeks ago.
But this one was for all the marbles and the coaches and players all knew it.
Down the stretch, North Posey junior Tyler Adkins came up with back-to-back-to-back defensive rebounds on missed Mater Dei shots to limit the Wildcats’ chances.
But after the Vikings missed, the Wildcats called a time out with 59.2 seconds remaining.
Following the time out, the Wildcats went aggressively at the basket and drew a foul at the 49 second mark. They hit both free throws to pull to within two at 30-28.
Then with 44 seconds remaining, the Wildcats were forced to foul and the Vikings missed the front end of a one-and-one situation and the Wildcats rebounded the ball.
They called another time out with 35 seconds remaining and then held the ball until the called another time out with just over 15 seconds remaining.
Then with seven seconds showing on the clock, the Wildcats tied the score at 30 and the Vikings were unable to get a quality shot off and the game went to overtime.
In the overtime, Mater Dei did some of the things they had not done in regulation. Namely, they made free throws. The Wildcats had gone 0-for-6 in the third quarter alone to allow the Vikings to maintain a slight lead.
But in the extra period. The Wildcats won the tip and went aggressively to the basket to take an early 32-30 lead. But Harness was fouled on a drive and answered with a pair of free throws.
But the Wildcats them went on a 7-0 run as the Vikings could not find the basket and the Wildcats hit 10-of-12 free throws in the extra period to hang on for the win.
But the Vikings were never out of the game until the final horn sounded. Despite spotting the Wildcats a 7-0 run, they fought back as Alec Werry and Michael Bender nailed back-to-back 3-point baskets to pull the Vikings back to within 40-38.
But the Wildcats hit two free throws and Werry hit one. The teams then traded one-of-two free throws the next three possessions before Harness came up with an offensive rebound and a basket to pull to within 44-42 with 16.5 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats answered with one of two free throws, giving the Vikings a chance to tie with a three. With about five seconds remaining, the Vikings appeared to be about to turn the ball over but as Werry went up for the 3-pointer that incidentally, went in the basket, the Vikings had called time out.
Knowing they were holding a 3-point lead with five seconds to go, the Wildcats fouled Harness immediately when the ball was passed in and he hit the first of two free throws.
Following a Viking time out, they nearly forced a five-second call but the Wildcats got the time out signaled before the turnover. Out of the time out, the Vikings fouled immediately and the shooter hit the first of two with 3.1 seconds remaining.
On the second shot, the Vikings got the rebound and could have had a desperation shot at the basket but Harness found himself on the floor and no call was made and the Wildcats had ended the Vikings’ run and their season.
“I am very proud of the guys in that locker room,” Howington said of his Vikings. “They gave it everything they had and they just came up a little bit short.”
In the overtime, the Vikings made a pair of crucial turnovers down the stretch as they appeared to be attempting to pass cross-court over the zone defense.
“I have said all along this game would come down to decisions and we made a couple of bad ones there near the end,” Howington said. “But I could not have asked for a better group to have in my first year at North Posey.”
In the first semi-final game of the night, Perry Central 20-3, knocked off 17-3 Southridge to advance to the championship. The Commodores defeated Mater Dei by two points to claim their first sectional title in many years. Ironically, in the regular season, North Posey handed Perry Central one of its three losses, a 10-point loss. Mater Dei had defeated the Commodores by one in Evansville earlier in the year.
MATER DEI 46, NORTH POSEY 44
MATER DEI (10-12): Stauber 3-8 2-4 8, Tyler Walsh 6-11 5-10 17, Fleming 0-1 0-0 0, LaRue 0-8 0-2 0,Bryan Wolf 2-6 5-8 10, Sheridan 2-4 5-6 9, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Sellers 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 14-41 17-32 46.
NORTH POSEY (9-14): Whitmore 1-8 2-2 4, Werry 3-8 1-2 9, Adkins 0-1 0-0 0, Bender 2-4 0-0 6, Wes Harness 5-13 12-15 23, Marshall 0 0-0 0, Gerteisen 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 12-35 15-19 44.
3-Point Goals–Mater Dei 1-12(Wolf 1-3); North Posey 5-17 (Bender 2-3, Harness 1-4, Werry 2-4). Rebounds–Mater Dei 28 (Walsh 7); North Posey 29 (Harness 11). Turnovers–Mater Dei 10, North Posey 13. Total Fouls–Mater Dei 21, North Posey 23
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