Varsity girls basketball squad wins 37-33 at Roscommon on Tuesday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
It came down to the last couple of minutes – the game, a varsity girls basketball contest, was tied at 32-32 with 2:43 left in regulation – and the Grayling Vikings made enough plays down the stretch to clinch a 37-33 victory vs. the Roscommon Bucks on Tuesday night at Roscommon High School.
The game was tied at 10-10 at the end of the first period. Grayling scored its first 10 points with three baskets by Mallory Hatfield, a jump shot by Esabella Powers, and an inside shot by Ellie Carr.
The contest was also tied at halftime; both squads had 17 points. The Vikings scored their seven points in the second quarter with a jumper by Hailey Hartman, a jump shot by Isabel Duba, and free throws from Madi Longendyke, Jasmine Denton, and Powers.
Roscommon scored first in the third quarter with a drive to the basket. A 7-0 run by the Vikings – a series that included two put-backs by Powers, a jumper by Longendyke, and a free throw from Powers – gave Grayling a 24-19 advantage. Two free throws by the Bucks cut Grayling’s lead to three, 24-21.
The Vikings scored four points with free throws from Powers and Duba and a lay-up by Powers. Roscommon scored on an inside shot. Powers hit a jump shot for GHS. Hatfield scored on an inside shot at the 2:06 mark.
Neither team scored in the final two minutes of the third quarter and Grayling took a 32-23 lead into the fourth period.
Roscommon made one of two free throw attempts at the 5:51 mark, cutting Grayling’s lead to eight, 32-24. The Bucks made a lay-up at the 4:29 mark to pull within six.
With 3:32 left in regulation, Roscommon hit a three-pointer to pull within three, 32-29. The Bucks hit another triple at the 2:43 mark, tying the contest at 32-32.
Duba made one of two free throw attempts with 2:17 remaining in the fourth quarter. Denton made one of two from the line at the 1:44 mark to put Grayling ahead by two. Duba got a steal and passed to Denton, who scored on a lay-up.
With 1:29 left in regulation, the Vikings led 36-32.
The Bucks pulled within three with one free throw at the 1:22 mark.
Grayling shot, missed, and Roscommon rebounded the ball. Grayling’s defense forced a 10-second violation, giving the Vikings the ball with 1:03 left in the game. The Bucks fouled and Grayling missed both free throws. Roscommon, fouled on a drive to the basket, missed both free throw attempts. The Bucks got the rebound but stepped out of bounds. Roscommon fouled Grayling to stop the clock, and the Vikings missed both free throws. The Bucks rebounded the ball.
Roscommon shot, missed, and Grayling came away with the rebound. The Bucks fouled Duba to stop the clock. With 4.1 seconds left in regulation, and Grayling leading by three, she made one of two free throw attempts to make it a four-point lead. The Bucks missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Grayling won 37-33.
Powers finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Vikings. Hatfield had eight points, eight rebounds, and six deflections. Duba had five points. Denton had four points.
“For the game, we’re happy we left with the win. We played pretty well defensively but had too many fouls; perhaps it was first game jitters,” Coach Joe Powers said.
“We forced a lot of turnovers and rebounded the ball very well. We had a lot of opportunities by getting 70 shots but didn’t shoot very well, making only 14. We outshot Rosco 70-42 because we created those additional opportunities through our defensive and offensive rebounding,” Coach Powers said. “We did not shoot well from the line either, making only nine of 32. We’re shooting a lot of shots in practice and believe through our process we will continue to improve and shoot the ball better.”
Tuesday’s game against the Bucks was the second contest of a girls basketball doubleheader, following the Grayling vs. Roscommon junior varsity contest. The Vikings won the JV game 44-10. The two games were the first matches of the 2017-2018 winter sports season for Grayling High School.
The JV and varsity girls basketball squads will host Houghton Lake on Wednesday, Dec. 13.