Bucks go scoreless in the final 2:48, Vikings hold on to win 43-37
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Grayling Vikings were able to make enough plays down the stretch while holding the Roscommon Bucks scoreless in the final 2:48 of Monday night’s varsity girls basketball game, and Grayling – the home team – won the nonconference contest by a final score of 43-37.
The Vikings led 9-7 early in the game, but the Bucks hit two three-pointers late in the first period, and Roscommon had a 13-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Grayling scored its first nine points with two inside shots by Jasmine Youngblood, a lay-up by Jordyn Schwartz, an inside shot by Makenzie Castle, and one free throw from Emma Mertes.
The Vikings scored 13 points to Roscommon’s nine during the second quarter, leaving the score tied at 22-22 at halftime.
Grayling scored its 13 points in the second period with an inside shot by Jasmine Denton, a three-pointer by Castle, a drive by Kayleigh Paulus, a jumper by Vanessa Nielson, an inside shot by Denton, and a jumper by Belle Hatfield.
Roscommon scored the first four points of the third period with an inside shot and a jumper.
The Bucks, with 6:17 left in the third quarter, led 26-22.
Grayling outscored Roscommon 9-0 during the last 6:16 of the third period. The run featured an inside shot by Youngblood, a basket by Castle, two lay-ups by Schwartz, and one free throw from Nielson.
The Vikings led 31-26 going into the last eight minutes of regulation.
Paulus made one of two free throw attempts early in the fourth quarter. Roscommon scored six unanswered points with four free throws and a put-back, tying the score at 32-32.
Schwartz scored on a drive. Isabel Duba scored for Grayling. With 4:24 left in the game, the Vikings led by four.
The Bucks hit two free throws at the 4:18 mark. Denton made two of two free throw attempts for Grayling. With 3:48 remaining, Denton made one of two shots from the free throw line. The Vikings led 39-34.
The Bucks scored on an inside shot. With 2:49 left in the fourth period, Roscommon converted on one of two from the free throw line, cutting Grayling’s lead to two, 39-37.
Youngblood, at the 1:26 mark, scored on an inside shot for the Vikings. Grayling got the ball back and Roscommon fouled Mertes; she made one of two free throw attempts.
The Bucks, trailing 42-37, shot from three-point range, missed, and Mertes grabbed the rebound. Roscommon fouled and Grayling missed the one-and-one free throw attempt.
The Bucks shot from two-point range, missed, and Youngblood rebounded the ball. Roscommon fouled and Grayling missed both free throws. The Bucks got the rebound.
With 39 seconds left in the game, Roscommon missed two free throw attempts. A foul on the rebound attempt put the Bucks back at the line; Roscommon missed both shots.
With 26 seconds left in the contest, Denton made one of two free throw shots for Grayling.
Roscommon shot and missed from three-point range, rebounded the ball, missed a two-point attempt, got the rebound, and missed another three-point attempt. Denton came down with the rebound, ending the game.
The Vikings won by a final score of 43-37.
“In a tough fought battle we were able to pull ahead in the end to win. The girls really stepped up as a team and turned up the intensity on the defensive side of the floor,” Coach Dan Brandt said. “We were led by Jasmine Youngblood with 10 (points) and Jasmine Denton with eight points, including four clutch free throws down the stretch. Jordyn Schwartz also added eight points and led a huge defensive spark late in the fourth quarter that helped give us the boost we needed to close out the game.”
The Vikings will play at Traverse City St. Francis at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17.