Calumet girls fall in final seconds to Petoskey

MARQUETTE — With just 1.7 seconds left in regulation and with the Calumet Copper Kings girls basketball team leading, 55-54, the Petoskey Northmen used a pair of free throws to snatch a victory away.

According to Drew Kochanny of the Petoskey News-Review, the Northmen turned to Isabel Anderson, who as awarded three free throws with the game on the line.

Anderson made the first two before missing the third, but that left the Copper Kings with nearly no time to attempt a late desperation shot to regain the lead before the final buzzer.

“We’ve been competitive in every game,” Northmen coach Bryan Shaw told Kochanny. “Win or lose, every game has been close.

“This was just a solid all-around game and a nice win for us. They’re a solid U.P. team.”

The Copper Kings started strong thanks to good play from Celia Kiilunen and Brooke Karinemi, both of whom finished in double figures on the night in scoring, Kiilunen with 19 points and Karineimi with 10.

The Copper Kings also forced the Northmen to turn the ball over 12 times in the half.

Calumet held a slight advantage after one quarter, 14-13. They managed to extend that lead to three, 25-22, before the half.

The Northmen changed things up for the third quarter, maintaining a smarter grip on the basketball, and the adjustment worked in their favor, as they managed to score 20 points in the eight-minute stretch to take control of the game with a 42-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Petoskey’s Sarah Lewis hit a pair of 3-pointers in that third quarter. Jalynn Byers also had six points over that span to help the Northmen take the lead.

“Sarah Lewis played really well, hit two 3-pointers,” said Shaw.

“It’s nice to double our scoring that we had in a the last two games. “We just loosened things up a bit.”

Kiilunen hit three 3-pointers for the Copper Kings to erase that six-point deficit but Anderson’s attempted 3-pointer that earned a foul set up the final plays for the Northmen in the victory.

Calumet will face Sault Ste. Marie today. The Blue Devils lost to Marquette, 56-36.