HANNAHVILLE - The Hannahville boys wasted little time gaining the upper hand Saturday morning, cruising to a 73-34 basketball triumph over the Beaver Island Islanders.
Hannahville raced to a 15-0 advantage, finishing the opening run on a fast break layup by senior Seth Williams.
Williams scored eight of his 23 points during that run, including a pair of 3-point jump shots from top of the key.
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Hannahville’s Sophie Manitowabi goes up for a layup on the fast break as Olvia Cary of Beaver Island defends Saturday morning at Hannahville.
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Hannahville’s Trace Sagataw (30) goes up for a layup as Nick Williams of Beaver Island defends Saturday morning at Hannaville. Looking on are Soaring Eagles’ Justin Larson (40) and David Welling (10).
"Last night (Friday), we talked about how we wanted to move our feet on defense, and the offense followed," said Hannahville coach Seth Miller. "We also talked about getting good pressure on the ball. Once we're getting shots to fall, we're really tough to stop."
Hannahville led 20-5 after the first quarter.
Williams then added 10 points and senior Marty Thorbahn hit seven in the second stanza as the Soaring Eagles built a 46-10 halftime advantage. Thorbahn finished with 12.
Beaver Island - A. Williams 13, Connaghan 2, N. Williams 1, Gillespie-Cushman 13, Pryor 5. FT: 3-9; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Pryor.
Hannahville - Welling 6, Ortiz 1, Meshigaud 6, Sagataw 7, Williams 23, McCullough 3, Larson 9, M. Thorbahn 12, O'Brien 4, T. Thorbahn 2. FT: 5-11; F: 12; Fouled out: None.
Beaver Island - Burton 10, Cary 8, Boyle 2. FT: 4-9; F: 6; Fouled out: None.
Hannahville - Williams 11, Manitowabi 14, C. Sagataw 6, O'Brien 11, K. Sagataw 8. FT: 5-6; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: C. Sagataw 2, O'Brien.
Junior Jewell Gillespie-Cushman and eighth-grader Alex Williams hit 13 points each for the Islanders.
"Beaver Island played hard the whole game, and it showed in the third quarter (when Hannahville was outscored 19-7)," said Miller. "We had good distribution with the ball. Our older guys were getting our younger guys plenty of scoring opportunities."
Beaver Island senior Mike Pryor was forced out of the contest early in the third quarter with a hip injury.
The Soaring Eagles (2-0) committed 14 turnovers and the Islanders (0-2) had 27.
Hannahville's girls also had little trouble in a 50-20 victory.
Freshman Selena Williams hit seven of her 11 points in the opening frame, helping Hannahville gain an 11-6 lead.
Junior point guard Sophie Manitowabi then scored six points apiece in the second and third quarter as the Soaring Eagles led 23-10 at halftime and 40-12 after the third.
Manitowabi finished with 14 points. Junior Alicia O'Brien also had 11.
"Sophie has really changed her game," said Hannahville coach Tom Ohman. "She has learned to take advantage of possible mis-matches and play good defense. She's the type of player who makes other players around her better."
Junior Olivia Cary tallied six points in the opening 5 1/2 minutes, enabling the Islanders to gain a 6-5 lead.
"We had little bit of a Saturday morning wake-up," said Ohman. "We came out a little flat, but I like our balance in scoring. That shows our girls are working the ball and getting everybody involved in the offense. Once we got going, we ran the floor well."
Freshman Emily Burton scored 10 points and Cary finished with eight for the Islanders, who had 26 turnovers. Hannahville had 12 miscues, with half of those coming in the closing minutes.
Hannahville senior Katlyn Sagataw rolled her ankle just 67 seconds into the game, but returned in the second frame. She finished with eight points.
Both Hannahville teams travel to Mackinac Island this weekend.