Vikings cap comeback win with 7-0 run in final four minutes
Varsity girls basketball team defeats Roscommon Bucks 51-46 on Tuesday night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Roscommon led early. Grayling caught up. The two teams went back and forth for a while during the fourth period, but the Vikings outscored the Bucks 7-0 down the stretch. Grayling – the home team for Tuesday night’s varsity girls basketball contest – defeated Roscommon by a final score of 51-46.
The Bucks led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings scored their four points with a put-back by Madison Longendyke and free throws from Vanessa Nielson and Abby Pippin.
Jordyn Schwartz hit a three-pointer for Grayling early in the second quarter. Hailey Hartman scored with a put-back. The Bucks scored on a drive to the basket.
Schwartz hit another triple at the 5:38 mark. Isabel Duba made one of two from the free throw line. Roscommon made a lay-up. Grayling scored three points with a jump shot by Esa Powers and one free throw from Powers.
With 3:27 left in the second period, the score was tied at 16-16.
The Bucks scored five unanswered points to lead 21-16. Grayling scored on a drive by Duba. Kayleigh Paulus hit a jump shot for Grayling.
At halftime, the Bucks led by three, 23-20.
The Vikings scored first in the third quarter with an inside shot by Longendyke. Trinity Hatfield hit a three-pointer for Grayling. The Bucks scored on an inside shot. Paulus drove to the basket for two points. Roscommon scored on an inside shot. Hartman hit a jump shot for GHS. The Bucks scored. Paulus made a jumper for Grayling, tying the score at 31-31 with 3:05 left in the third period.
Schwartz hit a three-pointer at the 2:14 mark. The Bucks scored five points with a reverse lay-up and a three-point play. Duba made one of two from the line. Roscommon made one free throw attempt.
The Bucks had a 37-35 advantage going into the fourth period.
Grayling opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run. The series included a jumper by Hartman, a put-back by Longendyke, and a jump shot by Amairis Tuck. The Bucks responded with a three-pointer and a drive to the basket.
Duba scored on an inside shot on a pass from Longendyke, giving the Vikings a 43-42 lead with 5:14 left in the game.
The Bucks scored on an inside shot. Nielson hit one of two from the free throw line. Roscommon scored on a drive. The Bucks, with 4:30 remaining, led 46-44.
Duba made one of two from the free throw line. A jump shot by Schwartz at the 2:38 mark put the Vikings up by one, 47-46. With 2:09 left in regulation, Powers scored on an inside shot. Grayling led by three, 49-46.
Longendyke blocked a Roscommon shot attempt. The Vikings turned the ball over. The Bucks shot from three-point range, missed, and Longendyke rebounded the ball. Roscommon fouled, and Longendyke made one of two from the line, putting the Vikings up by four, 50-46, with 28 seconds left in the fourth period.
Grayling deflected the ball out of bounds on defense. The Vikings stole the resulting in-bounds pass and the Bucks fouled to stop the clock. Powers, with 12 seconds remaining, hit one of two free throw attempts.
In the final seconds, Roscommon shot from beyond the three-point arc, missed, and Longendyke rebounded the ball.
Grayling, after outscoring Roscommon 7-0 in the last 4:20 of regulation, won 51-46.
“The girls really persevered in this game, taking the lead late in the game and playing with poise to close out the first win of the season. We really improved on crashing the boards and securing rebounds and limiting second chance opportunities,” Coach Dan Brandt said.
Ten different Vikings scored points in the game. Schwartz finished the contest with 11 points. Longendyke and Duba each had seven points. Powers, Hartman, and Paulus each had six points. Hatfield, Tuck, Nielson, and Pippin also scored for GHS.
The Vikings (1-2 overall, 0-0 league) will play at Harbor Springs on Friday, January 4.