Grayling ends season with playoff loss vs. Kalkaska
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity girls basketball team from Grayling High School ended its 2016-2017 season with a playoff loss vs. the Kalkaska Blazers on Thursday night.
The contest – a District 63-B tournament semifinal game hosted by Grayling High School – was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but the contest had to be postponed due to severe winter weather conditions.
The Blazers – Lake Michigan Conference co-champions this year – were dominant early in Thursday’s district, outscoring Grayling 22-0 in the first period.
With six minutes left in the second quarter, Kalkaska had a 32-0 lead.
The Vikings scored 14 points in the last six minutes of the period with two jump shots by Molly Leslie, a three-pointer by Natalie Amy, two baskets by Madison Longendyke, a put-back by Esa Powers, and one free throw from Powers.
At halftime, the Blazers led 40-14.
Kalkaska led 47-18 after three quarters of play, and the Blazers won by a final score of 56-23.
Grayling scored nine points in the second half with two free throws from Amy, a jumper by Allie Moffit, a three-pointer by Amy, and a lay-up by Jackie Denton.
The loss ended Grayling’s season. The Vikings finished the year at 3-18 overall (2-12 league, 0-1 playoff).
Kalkaska improved to 18-3 overall (13-1 league, 2-0 playoff) with the victory. On Friday night, the Blazers defeated the Kingsley Stags 57-48 in the district finals – a contest hosted by Grayling High School – to win the District 63-B championship. Kalkaska advances to the Region 16-B tournament.