By Steven Kochersperger
After beating Wayne City and allowing only 14 total points earlier in the day, the North Posey Lady Vikings were one win away from playing in the Championship game in the Fairfield Merry Mule Holiday tournament this past weekend. The Vikings continued to work hard offensively and defensively but eventually ran into a hard working Flora, Illinois team who had to chip away to come back and beat the Vikings 60-56 Friday night.
“We played real well all day today,” North Posey head coach Tracy Stroud said. “This game against Flora we couldn’t hit the shots we needed to hit. I thought we played well tonight but Flora got hot and we couldn’t do what we needed to keep the lead. Our girls did all they could do and we have to come back each and every game and play hard. I think this tournament has been great to play the rest of the way.”
The Vikings opened the game with Flora trying to keep up on the scoreboard. After Madison Worman hit her first basket of the game giving her team an early 4-2 lead, the Vikings went the rest of the opening period leading Flora and eventually took a 17-14 lead into the second period of play.
After Flora went ahead 14-13 towards the last few minutes of the first period, North Posey went on an impressive 15-0 run to give the Vikings a 28-14 lead in the second period of play. Flora would struggle to keep up with the high flying offense the Vikings brought with them to Fairfield but it would not stay that way long. The Vikings felt confident being up ten points at the half at 33-23 but Flora would chip away slowly at that lead showing that the game of basketball is a marathon and not a sprint.
Rachel Ungetheim and Hayley Harness hit baskets to open the third period putting North Posey ahead 37-25 early in the period. But Flora would lock down defensively and go on a 8-0 run to pull within four points of the Vikings at 37-33 with 2:24 left in the third period. One minute later the Vikings would look up to see that Flora had tied the game at 39-39 and all in attendance knew that what once looked like a blowout was now a new game.
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