Hurons edge Onaway in overtime at home

Onaway’s Jordan Larson, left, drives to the basket while being defended by Rogers City’s Taylor Fleming during a girls basketball game on Friday at Rogers City High School.

ROGERS CITY–The Rogers City girls basketball team made the most of its chances at the charity stripe on Friday.

The Hurons went 9-of-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime en route to a 46-42 victory over Onaway at Rogers City High School.

Rogers City (5-1) outscored Onaway 7-3 in the overtime period and got a big boost from senior Linnea Hentkowski, who went 4-of-6 from the line in overtime.

It was a happy ending for the Hurons who overcame early foul troubles to take a 19-17 halftime lead. Onaway (4-2) led 28-26 after three quarters, but Rogers City rallied to outscore Onaway 13-11 in the fourth quarter to force a 39-39 tie after 32 minutes.

“We found ourselves in foul trouble all night long and we found a way to manage it and kept the score close,” Rogers City coach Duane Pitts said. “We felt we left some plays on the floor though and we’ll have to correct those.”

Taylor Fleming paced the Hurons with 19 points. Kennedy Crawford led Onaway with 13 points and Zebany Box had six.

A late basket from Crawford in the first quarter left both sides tied at 10 after eight minutes as both teams ran into some early foul trouble and turnover issues. A three-pointer from Kyley LaFleche with 2:19 left, gave Rogers City a 19-14 lead, but the Cardinals chipped away and went into the break trailed 19-17.

Onaway got the upper hand in the third quarter, outscoring Rogers City 11-7 before the Hurons battled back in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Rogers City hosts Oscoda on Tuesday.