POSEN-Tonight's Posen girls basketball game against Au Gres could hold a lot of fascination for the Posen fan.
It is not only a potentially exciting matchup between two all-state players, but is also likely to be a historic moment for Northeast Michigan basketball.
This will likely be the game where Posen senior Korynn Hincka will break 2,000 career points. She is currently nine points short and scoring 2,000 points would also make her the first girl in the North Star League to reach that plateau.
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Posen’s Korynn Hincka needs just nine points to reach 2,000 for her career. She’ll likely do so tonight when Posen hosts Au Gres.
"It's definitely means a lot to get to this position," Hincka said. "I'm thankful for my teammates, the opportunities I've gotten and the coaches I've had in the past five years."
Hincka is averaging 30.7 points a game this season and depending on how she finishes the season, she could climb her way up the state record list for career points.
But before that happens, the Vikings are keeping an eye on the Wolverines.
"This is a big matchup for us. We got two first team All-State players going at it. It should be a nice crowd at Posen and Korynn should break 2,000 points late in the first or early in the second. Its a real exciting moment," Posen head coach Karl Momrik said.
Au Gres (4-2) is focused around center Cassidy Boensch, a 6-3 center that has faced Hincka several times and has utilized her height to create some problems for the Vikings.
"You can't coach against a girl that's that tall without being aware of her. She's an outstanding player and a real shot blocker. You just can't drive towards the basket and think you're going to get the shot off. I think she blocked 12 shots on us last time that we played them," Momrik said.
In spite of her skill, Boensch hasn't yet led Au Gres past Posen (10-0). Au Gres uses a zone defense that could stifle Posen's lane penetration and may require the Vikings to maximize their outside shooting potential.
The Vikings will look to players like Hincka, Ashley Meyers, Jenna Hincka, and Anjelica Patterson to be key perimeter shooters throughout the game.
Au Gres coach Debbie Boensch is well aware of the reputation of the Vikings through first hand knowledge and is ready for a challenge.
"Its obviously a good matchup between our two post players. I think it's going to be exciting. We understand that Posen's a very good team and we will not under estimate them. We're hoping to maintain and hold our ground with them," she said.
Boensch has a relatively young team dominated primarily by sophomores and juniors. Boensch is looking to these younger players, like Brooke Maser, to contribute to a sustained Au Gres offensive and defensive attack.
Whatever the result of the game, Posen fans are likely to see Hincka make history tonight, the kind of history that comes only once in a lifetime.
"It should be a lively atmosphere in Posen (tonight). It's a rarity that you'll see two players at the same position in a league in Northern Michigan that are first team All-State players and Korynn is looking forward to the challenge, as she always is," Momrik said.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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