By John Vrancic
HANNAHVILLE - The Hannahville girls cashed in on plenty of high-percentage shots Friday night as they rolled to a season-opening 52-24 basketball triumph over the Beaver Island Islanders.
That especially held true in the second quarter when Hannahville converted five layups, outscoring the Islanders 22-4 for a 34-13 halftime advantage in the Northern Lights League outing.
The Hannahville boys also won 65-35.
Sophie Manitowabi scored 10 of her 14 points in the second stanza of the girls' contest, hitting four fast break layups and a putback on an offensive rebound.
Beaver Isl. 9 4 5 6 - 24
Hannahville 12 22 6 12- 52
Beaver Island - Works 5, Cary 13, Boyle 4, LaFreniere 2. FT: 3-6; F: 1; 3-point field goal: Cary.
Hannahville - Williams 18, Manitowabi 14, C. Sagataw 3, O'Brien 4, K. Sagataw 13. FT: 0-2; F: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Williams 2, C. Sagataw, K. Sagataw.
Beaver Isl. 9 10 6 10-35
Hannahville17 22 24 2-65
Beaver Island - Pryer 5, Gillespie-Cushman 14, Marsh 2, Connaghan 7, Williams 5, Stigall 2. FT: 13-21; F: 10; Fouled out: None.
Hannahville - McCullough 2, Boda 4, Thorbahn 19, Williams 19, Larson 12, Meshigaud 9. FT: 5-11; F: 19; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Williams 3, Thorbahn 2, Larson 2, Meshigaud.
"Sophie worked hard on layups and tonight she was rewarded," said Hannahville coach Tom Ohman. "The perfomance we got in the first half was amazing. We ran the floor very well. Although, we have a long way to go. We have to keep working hard."
Selena Williams, providing the Soaring Eagles with solid outside shooting, led the way with 18 points. Katlyn Sagataw finished with 13.
The Soaring Eagles gained an early 4-0 cushion on Alicia O'Brien's running jump shot from the lane.
Beaver Island then rallied, gaining a brief 6-4 lead on junior Olivia Cary's driving layup through the boulevard. She also hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to pull the Islanders within 12-9 at the end of the first quarter.
"Olivia had a nice, strong game," said Beaver Island coach Mike Myers. "We have a very young team. We have two girls who hadn't played before. Tonight was a big learning experience."
The Islanders also had difficulty penetrating Hannahville's 2-3 zone defense, enabling the Soaring Eagles to control the boards.
"I thought we played our zone well," said Ohman. "We were disciplined and used our feet. Our experience made a big difference."
Cary finished with 13 points, including seven in the opening frame for the Islanders who had no seniors among their six available players. She also had their lone foul, which came with two minutes, 48 seconds left in the game.
"It's kind of hard to practice with six players," said Myers. "We just don't have the numbers. Although, I thought Tom had his group well disciplined. They played a nice zone."
Hannahville committed 15 turnovers and Beaver Island finished with 25.
The Hannahville boys led 17-9 after the first quarter and 39-19 at halftime of their opener.
Seth Williams hit 11 of his 19 points in the opening eight minutes. Marty Thorbahn also scored 19 points and Justin Larson had 12.
"We weren't moving our feet on defense and they were killing us on the boards in the first half," said Hannahville coach Seth Miller. "We played much better defense in the second half. Once our rebounding and defense tightened up, our offense started clicking. We started moving the ball well."
Jewell Gillespie-Cushman, who sank 6-of-8 free throws, led the Islanders with 14 points.
"Beaver Island never quit playing," said Miller. "They stayed in it till the end."