Oscoda girls hoops improves to 19-0 with win
WEST BRANCH–The Oscoda girls basketball team finished the regular season on a perfect note.
Katelyn Etherton scored 19 points, Lauren Langley added 11 and the Owls defeated Ogemaw Heights 57-47 on Thursday to improve to 19-0.
Brooke Nowiski added 10 points for Oscoda, Izzy Hulverson added nine and Macy Kellstrom had eight.
Oscoda previously defeated Rogers City 61-32 at home on Tuesday.
Langley scored 26 points, Etherton added 20 and the Owls finished North Star League play with a 13-0 record.
Hulverson added 12 points for the Owls and Taylor Fleming led Rogers City with 23 points.
Rogers City 67,
POSEN–Some crucial halftime adjustments paid off for the Rogers City girls basketball team on Thursday.
The Hurons shortened things up, contested shots and used a solid defensive effort in the second half to run by Posen to a 67-45 win at Posen High School.
Rogers City (11-7) led 35-34 at halftime, but seized control of the game in the third quarter and led 47-41 after 24 minutes. The Hurons then put a stamp on the game in the fourth quarter on both ends of the floor, outscoring Posen 20-4.
“At halftime we talked some things over. We weren’t playing very good defense,” Rogers City coach Duane Pitts said. “It’s been like this all season where we’re a better second half team than a first half team. We got out in transition and that led to some easy baskets.”
Taylor Fleming scored 22 points for Rogers City and was one of four Hurons to finish in double figures. Kyley LaFleche had 15, Karissa Rabeau had 12 and Kyrsten Altman added 10.
Brooke Ciarkowski paced Posen (10-9) with 18 points.
“We fell apart in the second half,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said. “It was a non-conference game and it was a good tuneup for us for districts.”
Gaylord St. Mary 38, Onaway 35
ONAWAY–The Onaway girls basketball team came up just short of victory in its regular season finale on Thursday, losing to Gaylord St. Mary 38-35.
Kennedy Crawford scored 16 points and Calley Selke added 10 for the Cardinals (14-6, 12-4 Ski Valley Conference), who trailed 25-23 after three quarters and couldn’t make up the difference.
St. Mary had previously beaten Onaway 63-31 in December.
“We learned a lot from that first game and we changed up some defensive stuff and played our guts out,” Onaway coach John George said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Hillman 55, Hale 45
HILLMAN–Bailey Schook scored 16 points, Brooke Jones added 11 and the Hillman girls basketball team ended the regular season on a winning note after beating Hale 55-45 on Thursday.
Hillman (9-11) led by one at halftime and used a strong second half to overtake the Eagles. The Tigers won nine of their final 14 games after starting the season 0-6.
Olivia Rasch led Hale with 16 points.
Alcona 41, Au Gres 9
Bri Fogle scored 12 points and nine different players scored as the Alcona girls basketball team ended the regular season with a 41-9 win over Au Gres on Thursday.
Alcona (11-7) led 9-0 after one quarter, 18-2 at halftime and 33-4 after three quarters.
“It was a good win to end the regular season. Now we have to focus on the first disrict game next Monday,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “It was good to see our girls put four good quarters together.”
Alcona had previously lost to Tuesday to Tawas, 32-31.
Alcona’s JV team finished the season 16-3 after beating Whittemore-Prescott 25-15. Avery Wrobel led Alcona with 11 points.
Fairview 51, Mancelona 28
FAIRVIEW–Jaedyn Winton scored 23 points and Katelyn Bowers added 14 as the Fairview girls basketball team ended the regular season on a winning note on Tuesday, defeating Mancelona 51-23.
The Eagles (4-15) will open district play on Wednesday in a Division 4 district semifinal game against Mio in Mio.
Mio 73, Fairview 57
ATLANTA–Drew Hess scored 38 points, River Waisanen added 21 and the Mio boys basketball team defeated Fairview 73-57 on Wednesday in a Division 4 district semifinal in Atlanta.
Mio will play Hale for a Division 4 district title Friday at 7 p.m. in Atlanta.