By Dave Pearce
It was an important week for the North Posey Lady Viking basketball team. The Lady Vikes were set to face 6-3 Tecumseh in an important Pocket Athletic Conference match on Thursday evening and then a potential sectional opponent in 7-7 Perry Central on Saturday. At the end of the week, the Vikings would either be in contention for a PAC crown or pretty much completely out of the race.
Perhaps Coach Tracy Stroud said it best at the end of the Tecumseh game on Thursday night.
“If we continue to play like this, the rest of the year is going to be fun,” Stroud said. “The girls have realized what they can do when they play as a team and I think they are enjoying it.”
And they must be as they were never threatened in either contest, defeating Tecumseh 60-33 and then the Lady Commodores by a 57-38 count.
Playing on the road is never easy and the Lady Braves are always tough. But on Thursday night, the Lady Vikes dominated the Braves after a close first quarter.
Kayla Sanford got the Vikings on the board with a rebound basket and Kesley Owen made one of two shots when she was fouled going to the basket. Owen then found teammate Hayley Harness open and the Vikings were up 5-2. Emma Werry, who came off the bench to lead the team with 14 points then buried a 15-footer. Sanford then found Werry open for her second straight bucket and Rachel Ungetheim then scored off an inbounds play. The end result of the first quarter found the Vikings with 11 points scored by five different players.
That was actually the theme of the entire week as the Lady Vikings played unselfishly and appear to be coming together to challenge for a conference and/or sectional title.
A sixth Viking got into the scoring column to open the second period when Madison Worman got on the board with five straight points. The Viking defense was equally impressive as the Lady Vikings took a 22-7 lead into half-time.
The Lady Braves were forced to speed up the tempo in the second half in an effort to generate some offense and get back into the game but the Lady Vikes were up to the challenge.
Tecumseh’s biggest weapon Brenna Floyd opened the second half with a 3-pointer but Worman matched it. The Harness sisters, Hannah and Haylee took turns scoring before Ungetheim again went to the bucket and was fouled. Her free throw gave the Vikings an insurmountable…