Hannahville girls bow out in semifinal

HANNAHVILLE – The Hannahville girls tried everything within their power to defend their Northern Lights League basketball tournament title Saturday.

Despite their efforts, the Soaring Eagles came up a little short this time as they dropped a 48-39 overtime decision to Maplewood Baptist in a semifinal contest.

Maplewood then beat Grand Marais 56-47 for the title.

Hannahville, which trailed most of the way, gained a 39-38 lead on a set shot from the lane by junior point guard Sophie Manitowabi with 27 seconds left in regulation.

Freshmen Ashton Bonnee, however, drained a free throw seven seconds later to force the overtime.

The Black Bears (17-1), who survived 43 turnovers, regained the lead for good on Bonnee’s jumper from the boulevard 40 seconds into the overtime.

“This is a tough one to lose, but the girls left it all on the floor today,” said Hannahville coach Tom Ohman. “We just didn’t have that extra gear. Foul trouble hurt us in the end. We had a lot of easy shot, but we didn’t convert. Yet, we’re just proud of our girls for staying in there. I think this could help us for the (Class D) district. There were a lot of pressure situations, plus it got pretty loud in here for a bit. We’ve had great fan support all year.”

Senior Katlyn Sagataw hit 12 points and freshman Selena Williams added 10, including a five-foot jumper to put Hannahville up 37-35 with three minutes remaining in regulation.

A putback by junior Bobbie Ann Love, however, tied the score 40 seconds later and a free throw by Bethany Burton gave the Black Bears a 38-37 lead with 1:01 left in regulation.

The Soaring Eagles, who finished with 32 miscues, visit North Central or North Dickinson in their first Class D district appearance Wednesday.

Bonnee led the Black Bears with 14 points, Freshman Hannah May scored 13 and classmate Harmony Bailey had 10.

May followed up with 27 points in the championship game.

“It’s always hard to play two games on the same day,” said Maplewood coach Colleen Rader. “We were definitely tired, but we’re real proud of the way the girls focused today and through the season. This is a big thing for us.”

Junior Elizabeth Scaife hit 14 points for Grand Marais. Senior Miranda Potter added 12, followed by sophomore Kelcie Lundquist with 11 and classmate Cindy Rauff 10.

Grand Marais reached the title contest by romping past Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter 57-11.

Potter led the way with 23 points. Lundquist added 12.