DOLLAR BAY - Steve Krahling let out a deep breath after Thursday night's girls basketball game versus Chassell.
"Boy, did we need that one," the Dollar Bay coach said after his team's 37-32 Copper Country Conference win over the Panthers. "We had to have a boost of confidence with the district (tournament) coming up. I hope this game gives us one."
The Bays, while leading a good portion of the game, had to fend off several Chassell rallies led by the ever-present Jamie Dompier.
Dollar Bay’s Julia Daavettila fights with Chassell’s Karli Michaels for a loose ball during their game Thursday. (Paul Peterson photo)
"We would get a four or five-point lead ... and then let Chassell get right back into it," Krahling commented. "Finally, we got some separation in the fourth quarter."
DBHS ace Julia Daavettila provided that vital separation with the score knotted at 30-30.
The junior forward hit a two-point basket and followed that up with a huge triple from the deep corner to give her team a 35-30 margin with just over three minutes to play.
Chassell 10 9 7 6 - 32
Dollar Bay 8 11 11 7 - 37
Chassell - Karli Michaels 3, Jamie Dompier 18, Kirsten Daavettila 7, Sara Kilpela 2, Macy Holombo 2. FT: 2-4; Rebounds: 29 (Daavettila 6); Fouls: 10; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Dompier 1, Daavettila 1.
Dollar Bay - Erica LeClaire 3, Meagan Kangas 6, Julia Daavettila 14, Jamie Sertich 8, Carli Daavettila 2, Alyssa Hakala 2, Sam Ozanich 2. FT: 6-13; Rebounds: 34 (J. Daavettila 10); Fouls: 8; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: J. Daavettila 2, LeClaire 1.
"We finally hit some shots in this game ... after being totally off target Wednesday against Ewen-Trout Creek," Krahling stated.
It was a frustrating night for coach Brandi Hainault's Panthers, who dropped to 8-7 on the year and 5-3 in the CCC.
The Blue and Gold started out cold from the floor, and with the exception of Dompier, never could get untracked.
Dompier did put in a game-leading 18 points, but she was watched closely by the Bays.
"Chassell goes as Jamie (Dompier) goes, everyone knows that," Krahling said. "We tried to keep Julia (Daavettila) around her and that worked to a certain extent. I thought we also played pretty good team defense."
Dompier's seven points gave CHS a 10-8 first quarter lead, but the Bays came back and led most of the second frame until Dompier converted a three-point play as the halftime buzzer sounded to make it 19-19.
The hometown team grabbed a 30-26 margin after three quarters as Meagan Kangas dropped in six markers.
Baskets by Karli Michaels and Dompier enabled the Panthers to forge the aforementioned 30-all deadlock.
Julia Daavettila collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the winners. But Jamie Settich netted eight more points and the hard-working Kangas had six points and eight boards.
Kirsten Daavettila added seven points and six rebounds for CHS.
Now 4-10 overall and 2-6 in the league, the Bays will go to Watersmeet Monday.
Krahling feels his team could surprise in the districts.
"It's a wide-open district, any of the teams could win it," the DBHS mentor said. "I think we have a shot."
Chassell hosts Jeffers Monday.