Varsity Vikings win by 10, 32-22, during league game vs. Rams
Grayling opens third quarter with 13-2 run to build double digit lead
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
After a low scoring first half, the Grayling Vikings opened the third quarter of Tuesday’s varsity girls basketball game vs. Harbor Springs with a 13-2 run, and the Vikings defeated the Rams – a Lake Michigan Conference opponent – by a final score of 32-22.
Harbor Springs led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. Grayling scored its first six points with a drive by Jasmine Denton, a drive by Kayleigh Paulus, and an inside shot by Vanessa Nielson.
Neither squad scored in the first 5:29 of the second period. The Rams made one of two attempts from the free throw line at the 2:31 mark. Isabel Duba hit a jump shot for Grayling at the 1:44 mark. Harbor Springs made one free throw to lead 9-8 with 1:14 left in the first half.
Grayling scored the last four points of the second period with a jump shot by Emma Mertes and a two-point basket by Jenna Haring.
The score at halftime was Vikings 12, Rams 9.
Grayling scored first in the third quarter with an inside shot by Nielson. Harbor Springs hit two free throws. The Vikings scored 11 unanswered points with two inside shots by Mertes, a drive by Alison Brown, a drive by Duba, and a three-pointer from Denton.
With the 13-2 run to start the third period, Grayling led 25-11.
The Rams outscored the Vikings 4-0 during the last 2:45 of the third quarter. Going into the last eight minutes of regulation, Grayling had a 10-point lead, 25-15.
Harbor Springs scored on an inside shot early in the fourth period. The Vikings scored two points with an inside shot by Paulus. The Rams made one free throw. Duba hit one of two from the line at the 6:33 mark. Harbor Springs made one free throw shot. Haring converted on one of two attempts from the line.
Grayling led 29-19 with 5:27 left in regulation.
The Rams made two free throws at the 3:27 mark. Paulus, with 2:01 remaining in the game, scored on a jump shot. Denton made one of two from the free throw line with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Harbor Springs made one of two free throw attempts at the 0:40 mark.
Neither squad scored during the final 39 seconds and Grayling won by 10 points, 32-22.
“Another great team outing,” Coach Dan Brandt said. “Defensive intensity helped drive our performance tonight; however, we did not shoot well from the free throw line or the field, which caused us to stall on the offensive side of the floor.”
“I was very proud of the energy that our team showed throughout the game, the best I have seen from us this season. We had a good balance of scoring, getting seven different players to score,” Coach Brandt said.
Denton, Paulus, and Mertes each had six points for Grayling. Duba had five points and four assists. Nielson had four points.
The Vikings (2-1 overall, 1-0 league) will host the Roscommon Bucks on Monday, January 6.