By Dave Pearce
It was the best of times. It was the best of times.
Regardless how you slice it, the North Posey Lady Vikings enjoyed a very successful week on the hardwood. They came away with two drastically different kinds of wins. But according to the coach, one was just as important as the other.
The 53-46 win over Vincennes on the road was a win that showed mental toughness, something the Lady Vikings will be able to draw from down the stretch as they enter a stretch run.
The win at Tell City, although somewhat lop-sided at 53-30, kept the Lady Vikings’ hopes alive for a PAC championship and places their destiny squarely where they want it, right in their own hands and they play out the remainder of the PAC schedule this week in games at South Spencer on Tuesday, they host Forest Park on Thursday, and then what could be a very big game when the Vikings host Gibson Southern on Saturday.
“They are just playing together as a team and it is so much fun,” Stroud said, as his team has ascended to a 10-7 record after starting the first half of the season well under the .500 mark.
At Vincennes, the Lady Alices came out on fire from 3-point and it appeared the Knox County squad might bury the Lady Vikings before the first quarter was over. The Lady Vikings faced as much as a 10-point deficit in the first period and were behind 20-13 at the end of the first period.
But on the strength of a good offensive performance by Hannah Harness, the team was able to pull back to within 29-25 by half-time.
“The Vincennes game was extremely important to us because we had to play mentally tough all the way through down to the end,” Viking Coach Tracy Stroud said. “They were hitting everything they shot. They were hitting threes and hitting running jumpers and it seemed like if it was going up, it was going in.”
Although Stroud has developed a solid confidence in his team and their offensive and defensive abilities, he could see the handwriting on the wall.
“I told the girls after the first quarter that if they continued to shoot as well as they are shooting, we are going to lose this game,” Stroud said. ”But we just kept…
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