Chassell regains form in victory over Dollar Bay

Paul Peterson photo Lela Rautiola of Chassell charges to the basket in Tuesday's game against Dollar Bay. The Panthers won the CCC game.

CHASSELL — Defense and 3-point shooting were two keys last March for the Chassell High girls basketball team in an improbable run to a district tourney crown.

Those ingredients were on hand Tuesday night for the Panthers in a 57-32 thumping of Dollar Bay at Helakoski Memorial Gym.

“Yeah, we discussed that today in our game plan,” CHS coach Brandi Hainault said. “We wanted to tighten up our defense, and wanted to shoot better than we did against Baraga last night. The girls came out and did exactly what they were told. I’m happy with them.”

The Blue Bolts got right behind the eight-ball last night when senior center Libby Rogan sustained a knee injury on the opening tip-off.

“Losing one of our big girls really hurt,” DBHS skipper Steve Krahling noted. “Libby plays a big role for us and not having her in there was big. But don’t take anything away from Chassell, they played really well.”

The Panthers jumped off to a quick 13-1 advantage after one quarter, thanks to some deadly long range shooting by guard Milly Allen.

Allen canned six of seven shots from 3-point territory in the Copper Mountain Conference game. Chassell didn’t hit a single 3 versus Baraga.

“We depend on Milly (Allen) to take that shot,” Hainault commented. “She’s getting stronger each time out and the rest of the team looks to her. But we also had some strong leadership in this game and that was good to see.”

Further leadership — and defense — came from junior center Sydney Danison. The 6-foot-2 Danison grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked a trio of shots.

“Chassell has those big girls underneath,” Krahling said. “When they’re on their game, they’re tough to beat.”

Facing a 30-12 deficit at halftime, the Blue Bolts did bounce back in the third quarter.

Sparked by Baily Poyhonen and Cami Daavettila, Dollar Bay made it a 35-23 game at one point.

But Allen knocked down a triple and Meg Hokenson hit two inside baskets as CHS moved to a 43-23 bulge at quarter’s end.

“We did make a little move in the third quarter,” Krahling noted. “But they (Panthers) put a damper on it right away.”

Now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the league, the winners were led by Allen with 20 points and four steals. Reserve Lela Rautiola chipped in 11 points, while Danison and Hogenson managed ten markers each.

Danison’s work on the boards helped her team to a commanding 36-22 edge underneath.

Dollar Bay, 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in league action, received 10 points from Emma Stout. Taylor Busser and Daavettila managed six points, the latter grabbing eight boards.

The Panthers go to Wakefield Friday night. The Bolts host Watersmeet on Thursday.

Dollar Bay 1  12  11  9 – 32

Chassell   13 17 14 13 – 57

DOLLAR BAY — Busser 6, Daavettila 6, Poyhonen 5, Stout 10, Caskey 5. FT: 9-14; Rebounds: 22 (Daavettila 8); Fouls: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Daavettila 1.

CHASSELL — Huhta 2, Danison 10, Allen 20, Pietila 3, Hokenson 10, Rautiola 11, Olson 1. FT 7-12; Rebounds: 36 (Danison 17); Fouls: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Allen 6.