Soaring Eagles split Lakers
HANNAHVILLE – The Hannahville boys generated enough offense to overcome a slow start Saturday in a 62-44 basketball triumph over the Mackinac Island Lakers.
Hannahville trailed 11-9 after the first quarter, but led 28-20 at halftime.
“They came out with a lot of energy and we did not,” said Hannahville coach Seth Miller. “We were letting them get the ball to places we didn’t want them to. After the first quarter, we had a little talk about getting ourselves into better position.”
The Soaring Eagles (9-4) gained their first lead (15-13) on Justin Larson’s jump shot from the lane and extended it to 17-13 on Marty Thorbahn’s running seven-foot jumper early in the second stanza.
Seth Williams led the Soaring Eagles with 21 points. Thorbahn, who sank five 3-point shots, added 19 and Larson had 16.
“Seth seems to score in small bunches,” said Miller. “J.J. (Justin) did a real good job getting the ball inside and Marty stepped up. Tallen Boda and Myron McCullough also contributed by getting the ball into the right position. We always like to get all the players in the game, but we also need our top 7-8 players to be ready this close to tournaments.”
Collin Armstong scored 11 points for the Lakers, who committed 20 turnovers. Hannahville had 12 miscues.
“Hannahville has a real good team,” said Lakers’ coach Garren Earvin. “They anticipated and moved the ball around well. Our rotation (on defense) was a little too slow at times, which created great shots for them.”
The Hannahville boys resume Tuesday at Grand Marais.
In the girls’ game, foul trouble led to Hannahville’s downfall as it dropped a 50-21 decision.
The Soaring Eagles led 18-11 at halftime, but had three starters with three fouls apiece.
“The foul trouble was a big factor for us,” said Hannahville coach Tom Ohman. “Although, that gave our seventh-graders an opportunity to play and they’re learning. We just worked so hard last night (in Friday’s 38-36 overtime win). But give Mackinac Island credit. They found our weakness and got us in foul trouble.”
Hannahville led by as much as 15-2 following Katlyn Sagataw’s 21-foot set shot from the left wing midway through the second stanza. The Soaring Eagles, however, were unable to keep their lead.
“I was really upset with what happened last night,” Lakers’ coach Mary Patay said of Friday’s loss. “We didn’t play together as a team. We started the bench today. It helped when our shots finally started going in. We told the girls not to let what was called on the court effect them and kept up the pressure.”
Halee Tokarz hit 13 points and Zhan’e Nash and Hailey Armstrong had 12 apiece for the Lakers, who had 22 turnovers. The Soaring Eagles (5-7) finished with 27.
Sagataw had 10 points for Hannahville, which hosts Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter in a make-up game today at 3:30.