Posen’s super thief, Jenna Hincka, is first-team all-state

by Peter Jakey–Managing Editor

Only 10 players make the Associated Press’ first-team all-state list each season in Class D. With more than 1,700 players in “D,” it’s not easy to do.

Posen senior Jenna Hincka, the humble, quiet, hardworking leader from the 21-3 Lady Vikings, made the elite list.

Other than the Miss Basketball award, there is no greater award in girls’ high school basketball.

Hincka was a 1,000-point scorer for Posen and the best thief to ever play for the Vikings.

Posen's Jenna Hincka made first team all-state for the Vikings this season, capping an outstanding hoop career. (Photo by Richard Lamb)
Posen’s Jenna Hincka made first team all-state for the Vikings this season, capping an outstanding hoop career. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

She set the single-season steal record in the district tournament to finish with 170. Her career steals put her in second place on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s (MHSAA’s) leader board. That’s all Michigan schools. She ended up with 567 steals.

When the records are sent to the MHSAA in East Lansing, she will be behind only one player, Deborah Stevens of Burton Atherton, who had 683 from 1994-97. The MHSAA record book can be found online.

Coach Karl Momrik said nobody worked harder to get a steal.

“She was relentless,” said Momrik. “It is not as much about talent as it was about desire when it comes to that kind of statistic. Who has the desire to continuously be relentless in the pursuit of stealing the ball? Very, very few. She never stops! She never stops!”

Jenna was a first-team selection in the North Star League too, as received the most votes.

During the 2015-16 season, she had 398 points, 139 assists and 128 rebounds, to go along with the record-setting steals. During Jenna’s varsity career, which started as an eighth-grader, she scored 1,099 points.

Records have not been kept very well at Posen High School, so it is difficult to figure out where she ranks among the best at the school. She certainly ranks among them, with the stats and trophies backing it up

Jenna was part of four district title teams; the first regional title team two years ago; and two Posen squads that went 20-0 in the regular season.

Other postseason stats went to sophomore Cami LaTulip and junior Sam Lenard, both who made second-team all-conference. Senior Kayla Lenard was an honorable mention.

Other individual stats from the 2015-16 season are as follows: Kayla Lenard 89 points (pts), 120 assists (asst), 115 rebounds (R), 114 steals (S); senior Jolene Reese 159 pts, seven asst, 71 R, 45 S; senior Lyndsey Romel 17 pts, 10 asst, 37 R, 26 S; senior Lauren Romel 44 pts, six asst, 26 R, 13 S; senior Emily Robins 10 pts, three asst, 16 R, one S; Sam Lenard 176 pts, 77 asst, 200 R, 125 S; junior Lindsey Randall 25 pts, seven asst, 43 R, 31 S; LaTulip 188, 15 asst, 169 R, 52 S; freshman Brooke Ciarkowski 187 pts, 34 asst, 76 R, 66 S.