Varsity girls basketball squad falls to Harrison Hornets 41-36 on Wednesday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The contest – a Grayling vs. Harrison varsity girls basketball match played at Grayling High School on Wednesday – was tied at halftime, and it was a three-point game going into the fourth quarter. The Vikings struggled to make shots and the Hornets made enough plays down the stretch to win by a final score of 41-36.
It was a tie game at the end of the first period (11-11). Grayling scored its first 11 points with a jump shot by Esabella Powers, an inside shot by Madison Longendyke, two free throws from Longendyke, a jumper by Longendyke, one free throw from Powers, and a jump shot by Ryleigh White.
Both teams scored nine points in the second period, leaving the score tied at 20-20.
Isabel Duba, Longendyke, and Powers scored points for the Vikings in the second period.
The Hornets edged Grayling 8-5 in the third quarter. Powers, White, and Duba scored for the Vikings during the period.
The Hornets hit two free throws early in the fourth quarter to give Harrison a 30-25 advantage. Powers scored on a put-back. The Hornets scored five unanswered points, giving Harrison a 35-27 lead.
Grayling responded with a 6-0 run featuring baskets by Mallory Hatfield, White, and Powers. The Hornets led by two, 35-33, with 3:12 left in regulation.
Harrison made two free throws. Powers hit one of two from the line. The Hornets made two more free throw shots on four attempts, giving Harrison a 39-34 lead with 20 seconds left. Powers hit two free throws in the final seconds, and the Hornets responded with two free throws after Grayling fouled with a three seconds remaining.
Harrison won 41-36.
In the second half, the Vikings made 5 of 19 free throw attempts and the Hornets made 9 of 25 from the line.
Powers finished the game with 13 points. Longendyke had nine points. White had six points. Duba had six points.