Hannahville cagers earn split

Boys basketball

Photo courtesy Mary Gauthier Hannahville’s Chad Harris (23) inbounds the ball Saturday against Richard Willis of Ojibwe. Harris and the Soaring Eagles earned a 51-48 victory.

HANNAHVILLE — Down to the wire.

That’s the way a Northern Lights League boys’ basketball game unfolded Saturday morning as the Hannahville Soaring Eagles hung on for a 51-48 triumph over the Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter Eagles.

A lay-in by Franny Kidd put the Soaring Eagles by three points with 9.7 seconds left to play. Ojibwe then failed to score.

The victory enabled the Soaing Eagles to gain a split in the weekend series after dropping a 55-51 decision Friday night.

“This is a nice win for our team,” said Hannahville coach Mark Gauthier. “I think we took a huge step in the right direction. We knew this was going to be a good game.”

A second-half comeback by the Hannahville girls came up a little short Saturday as they dropped a 37-33 decision. The Soaring Eagles won 35-31 Friday.

In the boys’ game, Hannahville led 32-20 at halftime following a buzzer-beating lay-in by freshman Joe Larson.

Ojibwe started to inch closer in the second half and got as close as 49-48 on a steal and lay-in by Richard Willis shortly before Kidd’s game-winner.

“Franny and Joe did a nice job getting to the hole and finishing,” said Gauthier. “I thought Joe had a great first half. I challenged him to be more aggressive and he did that. I told the guys to just relax and play the game.”

Larson scored 20 points and Kidd had 10. Willis paced Ojibwe with 25. Both teams committed 14 turnovers.

The Hannahville girls trailed 21-11 at halftime and climbed within 28-25 on a 16-foot jump shot by senior Ruby Troxell with nine seconds left in the third stanza.

A free throw by classmate Cecilia Beaver brought Hannahville within 34-33 with 2:02 left in the contest. Ojibwe, however, didn’t allow the Soaring Eagles to gain the upper hand.

“We were collapsing mentally in the fourth quarter,” said Hannahville coach Seth Miller. “Physically, we played hard. Mentally, we weren’t there. I’m pleased with the effort. Only, we need to be mentally and emotionally tougher.”

Amea Miller led Ojibwe with 14 points and Lily Parrish, who scored her 1,000th career point Friday, finished with 12 Saturday.

Ojibwe had 19 turnovers and the Soaring Eagles committed 14.

Both Hannahville teams visit Big Bay de Noc Tuesday.

BOYS

Ojibwe Charter 6 14 16 12 — 48

Hannahville 13 19 12 9 — 51

Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter — Adkins 2, Tharp 3, Willis 25, Ferreiwele 5, Ferris 7, Harmon 6. FT: 3-7; F: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Wills 2, Harmon 2, Tharp, Ferreilwele, Ferris.

Hannahville — Kidd 10, Metzger 3, Larson 20, Harris 8, Thunder 8, Robitaille 2. FT: 1-3; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Larson 2, Metzger.

GIRLS

Ojibwe Charter 6 15 7 9 — 37

Hannahville 6 5 14 8 — 33

Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter — Williams 9, Parrish 12, Miller 14, Turner 2. FT: 5-18; F: 12; Fouled out: Carrick.

Hannahville — Troxell 8, Ortiz 7, C. Beaver 5, D. Beaver 7, Philemon 4, Boychief 2. FT: 6-12; F: 19; Fouled out: C. Beaver; 3-point field goal: Ortiz.

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