Dollar Bay earns victory over rival Lake Linden
DOLLAR BAY — There’s nothing better than beating your archrival in any sport.
Just ask senior guard Cami Daavettila of Dollar Bay High.
“It’s a great feeling,” Daavettila said after her team’s 39-28 win over Lake Linden-Hubbell Thursday on Senior Night at DBHS. “They (Lakes) had some injured players and so did we. But to win on Senior Night and on Cancer Awareness Night made it special …. because all of us have had family members affected (by cancer).”
The Blue Bolts achieved the win over their rivals by playing shutdown defense in the fourth quarter.
The Lakes managed just three free throws (all by Alexa Destrampe) in the final stanza.
“We played real good team defense in the fourth quarter,” Bolts’ coach Steve Krahling commented. “That’s a quarter that has hurt all season.”
The Bolts notched 14 points — ten of those by Daavettila — in the telltale quarter.
Lakes coach Maureen Schick said her team didn’t take care of the basketball all night.
“We had a ton of turnovers,” Schick said. “You’re not going to win when you give the ball away.”
The two rivals, who were playing for the Torch Lake Trophy, battled on even terms all night.
The Blue Bolts held a 13-12 lead after one quarter. A late hoop by Taylor Busser gave DB a 19-17 lead at halftime.
The contest was tied at 25-25 after three periods.
But after a 28-28 deadlock, the eventual winners, now 6-12 overall, took over the game.
Busser and Bobbi Jo Caskey hit baskets to go along with two buckets by Daavettila to make a 36-28 with 2:11 left, and it was lights out.
Daavettila, who hit four triples, had seven steals and four assists to go with her 20 points.
“She (Daavettila) had a great night at both ends of the court,” Krahling. “But our other two seniors, Taylor Busser and Libbi Rogan also did a good job omn defense.”
Lakes’ ace Destrampe led her team with 11 points and 10 rebounds. But Seppala’s seven markers was the only other support.
“We knew we had to account for her (Destrampe) if we were going to win,” Krahling said. “We did and it paid off.”
Schick said her team which dropped to 4-14 on the year, couldn’t find the hoop.
“We were something like 7-of-55 from the floor and you won’t win many games like that. That was unacceptable because we had lot of quality chances,” she said. “We’re going to have to improve on that.”
Dollar Bay hosts Republic-Michigamme on Monday, while LL-H tackles Jeffers the same night.
LL-Hubbell 12 5 8 3 – 28
Dollar Bay 13 6 6 14 – 39
LL-HUBBELL – Seppala 7, Perala 2, M. Keranen 2, Destrampe 11, Kierstyn Codere 4, Lyons 2. FT: 11-17; Rebounds: 24 (Destrampe 10); Fouls: 14; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Seppala 1.
DOLLAR BAY — Busser 4, Isaacson 2, Daavettila 20, Poyhonen 4, Stout 2, Rogan 4, Caskey 3. FT: 9-13; Rebounds: 28 (Isaacson 8); Fouls: 10; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Daavettila 4.