By ERIC BENAC
News Sports Writer
ROGERS CITY-The Rogers City Hurons girls basketball team hosted Onaway on Wednesday in what is always a hotly contested rivalry.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Rogers City’s Logan Fleming (21) dribbles past Onaway’s Ashley LeCureux during a girls basketball game on Wednesday at Rogers City High School.
The two schools have long been rivals so it was perhaps a bittersweet night for Rogers City after Onaway won 44-29 at Rogers City High School.
The first quarter started out slow for both teams. After Lindsey Claus hit one of two free throws a minute into the quarter, the Hurons didn't score again until the second quarter. Claus later missed two free throws at the end of the quarter.
Onaway got on the board two minutes into the game with three free throws from Kallie Shimel. After missing two free throws, Onaway's Temara Lupu went on a scoring streak by sinking a field goal, three pointer and one of two free throws to bring the Cardinals' lead to 9-1 halfway through the first quarter.
Ashley LeCureux then hit the first of two three pointers to help bring the Cardinals up 12-1 and Devin Bristley hit two of three free throws to end the quarter with Onaway ahead 14-1.
Rogers City head coach David O'Bryant commented on his team's slow start.
"There were a lot of first game jitters tonight, lots of big expectations. Even while we were warming up, I saw the girls were nervous. I tried to get them to settle down but they simply couldn't in the first quarter," he said.
The second quarter started more quickly for the Hurons. Claus scored four points while Courtney Streich and Logan Fleming had a basket apiece.
The Cardinals continued to strike hard as Samantha Brasseur and Shimel scored a basket apiece. Lupu hit two of four free throws while Megan Estep hit a basket and two free throws to end the half with Onaway in the lead, 24-9.
The third quarter turned into a defensive hustle as neither team scored heavily. Streich and Rebecca Meredith hit a basket apiece while Fleming missed two free throws and Kaiti Horn missed one.
Onaway similarly lagged behind in scoring, with Estep hitting a single basket, Bristley hitting one of four free throws and LeCureux hitting her second three-pointer to stretch Onaway's lead to 30-13.
The Hurons' offense picked up a little in the fourth quarter as Brenna Hincka scored two baskets and hit one of two free throws. Streich also had a big quarter with a basket and a free throw.
Onaway continued to score at a similar pace with four out of four free throws by Estep keeping the Cardinals' lead intact. Bristley also hit a basket and two free throws out of two, while Brasseur hit two baskets herself to help hold onto the lead.
Onaway's head coach Marty Mix commented on his team's win after the game.
"I'm really happy with the girls' effort tonight. These are girls that like to play and like to win. However, I think they have some growing to do as a team and I think they'll continue to get better as the season progresses," he said.
Rogers City travels to Hillman and Onaway hosts Atlanta on Tuesday.
Rogers City's JV team beat Onaway 22-10. The Hurons led 7-4 after one quarter, 10-6 at the half, 18-6 after three quarters and 22-10 at the end of the game.
Cassady Purgrel led Rogers City with eight points while Onaway's Jade Galer lead her team with five points.
Onaway (44): Ashley LeCureux 2-0-3-6; Emily Estep 0-4-4-4; Devin Bristley 1-5-9-7; Kallie Rae Shimel 1-2-2-4; Samantha Brasseur 3-0-0-6; Megan Estep 3-2-3-8; Temara Lupu 2-4-8-9.
Rogers City (29): Courtney Streich 4-0-0-9; Kaiti Horn 1-0-0-2; Logan Fleming 0-2-4-2; Brenna Hincka 3-2-6-8; Rebecca Meredith 2-0-0-4; Lindsey Claus 1-2-6-4.
Boyne Falls 82,
BOYNE FALLS-The Atlanta girls basketball started out the 2012-13 season with a loss, dropping its season opener 82-14 to Boyne Falls on Wednesday.
Kayla Durocher and Lacey Ferguson each scored four points for the Huskies (0-1), who trailed 36-11 at the half and 58-13 after three quarters.