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Better behavior keeps Gladiators unbeaten

December 15, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

DOLLAR BAY - Ontonagon was the better-behaved squad in Dollar Bay Friday and though Christmas presents will have to wait, the reward still beats a lump of coal: a Copper Country Conference girls' basketball win.

Ontonagon, taking advantage of Dollar Bay fouls in the first half and their aftermath in the second, held on for a 35-31 road victory.

It wasn't an easy night for a Gladiator squad without a couple important pieces that struggled to rebound for much of the evening and went almost the entire fourth quarter without a point, but their record still stands at 3-0 (2-0 CCC).

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From left, Dollar Bay’s Alyssa Hakala, Ontonagon’s Molly Domitrovich and Brilynn Pollard and Dollar Bay’s Erica LeClaire fight for a rebound during Friday’s game. DB’s Carli Daavettila looks on. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)

"It was a struggle and we're just happy to win," Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.

The Bays put the Glads into the bonus by the midway point of the first quarter and their six points from free throws matched the halftime margin.

After the break, as both offenses bogged down, the Bays lacked two big elements that could have helped them seize control, with guard Julia Daavettila and forward Sam Ozanich on the bench with four fouls.

Fact Box

Ontonagon 14 13 6 2 - 35

Dollar Bay 11 10 3 7 - 31

Ontonagon - Chelsea Truscott 16, Brilynn Pollard 5, Bradee Pollard 5, Bobbi Ross 3, Amber Luokka 2, Molly Domitrovich 2, Brooke Turin 2; FT: 6-12; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Brilynn Pollard 1.

Dollar Bay - Meagan Kangas 9, Julia Daavettila 6, Sam Ozanich 6, Jamie Sertich 6, Carli Daavettila 2, Alyssa Hakala 2; FT: 4-7; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: J. Daavettila 1.

"When you have to sit Julia, that's a big part of our offense and having Sam have to sit with four hurts because she usually plays pretty well at the high post and we couldn't get anything out of her during that time she was sitting," DB coach Steve Krahling said.

Daavettila, who averaged 17.3 points in the first three games, was held to six Friday by tight Ontonagon defense, forcing her to get other players involved. She did, as Meagan Kangas, Jamie Sertich and Ozanich made

significant offensive contributions to pick up the slack.

"In the first half, we got it really well. The rotation was inside was good, they were hitting the open shot and getting the ball inside. In the third quarter, they took that away by moving somebody up more into the high area so we couldn't get quite the movement we had," Krahling said.

Ontonagon went into the half up six and made progress on both ends of the floor in the third quarter, as Chelsea Truscott scored three straight baskets and the Glads held the Bays scoreless for the first seven minutes with full-court pressure the Bays couldn't overcome.

"I thought maybe the guards were a little bit too much going for the steal early and ended up with some early fouls trying to get that quick steal, so we tried to stay and force them to use clock and work their way up the floor instead of breaking quick and getting through," Franti said.

Ontonagon upped its lead to 11 with Amber Luokka's basket early in the fourth quarter but didn't score again. Dollar Bay started applying the pressure with success, then put Daavettila and Ozanich back in but couldn't get enough offense hooked up as neither side scored in the last 2:36 with the gap at four.

"I was very concerned they were going to hit a big three and they had a couple opportunities that fortunately didn't drop," Franti said.

Truscott led all scorers with 16 for the Glads, who won the JV game. Ontonagon is at Chassell Tuesday night.

Kangas led Dollar Bay (1-3, 1-2 CCC) with nine points. The Bays are done for 2012 and will return after the Christmas break with a Jan. 4 home game against Hancock.



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