Vikings start strong, win 48-29 vs Harbor Springs Rams on Friday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity girls basketball squad from Grayling High School built a double digit lead during the first quarter of Friday night’s home game vs. the Harbor Springs Rams, and the Vikings maintained it for the rest of the contest, winning by a final score of 48-29.
Grayling opened the game with a 12-0 run, and the Vikings outscored the Rams 19-4 overall during the first eight minutes of regulation. Grayling was aggressive on both ends of the floor, hitting shots on offense by working the ball inside and driving the lane.
The Vikings scored their first 19 points with a put-back by Madison Longendyke, a three-point play by Abby Pippin, a jump shot by Esa Powers, a drive by Powers, one free throw from Longendyke, an inside shot by Longendyke, a put-back by Powers, a drive by Kayleigh Paulus, and a three-pointer by Powers.
Grayling had a 33-17 advantage at halftime. The Vikings scored 14 points in the second quarter with a drive by Powers, a three-pointer by Trinity Hatfield, a jump shot by Emma Mertes, an inside shot by Longendyke, a jumper by Paulus, a drive by Mertes, and one free throw from Powers.
Grayling scored eight points and Harbor Springs scored six during the third period. Longendyke had six of the eight for Grayling. Hailey Hartman also scored for the Vikings.
Down the stretch, Grayling scored seven points and the Rams scored six. Isabel Duba, Mertes, and Hartman scored for the Vikings in the fourth period.
Grayling won 48-29.
“The girls came out on fire on both sides of the floor, attacking the rim, crashing the boards, and running the floor with purpose,” Coach Dan Brandt said. “The girls have been working very hard in practice these past few weeks and that hard work is starting to show on the floor during games. Our ability to run our pressure defense and move on the offensive side of the ball were key factors in our win.”
Longendyke finished with 13 points. Powers had 12 points.
The Vikings will host the Elk Rapids Elks at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8.