Chassell sets tone in victory over Dollar Bay

Paul Peterson photo Chassell's Sydney Danison puts in a short shot in Thursday's game versus Dollar Bay. The Panthers notched a 54-33 Copper Mountain Conference win.

DOLLAR BAY One coach was happy with the play of their team while the other had an opposing view at Thursday night’s Chassell-Dollar Bay girls basketball game.

“I was happy with our play as a team,” CHS coach Brandi Hainault said after her team’s 54-33 win. “The girls played hard and our defense was very good.

“That was our focus in this game, and we were able to cause a lot of turnovers and get a lot of layups.”

Blue Bolts skipper Steve Krahling was less than happy with his team’s showing.

“We allowed them (Panthers) to get us into a running game,” Krahling noted. “That’s their game, not ours. As a result, we weren’t able to slow them down.”

Chassell’s junior guard Milly Allen had a lot to say about her team’s running game. The diminutive Allen posted a triple-double with 14 points, made 11 steals and handed out 10 assists.

“Milly (Allen) played a teriffic game,” Hainault said. “She’s been coming on strong lately. We need her to play like that in the next couple of weeks.”

Now 12-4 on the season and 10-2 in the Copper Mountain Conference (CCC Division), the Panthers are pointing toward finishing strong.

“We want to have a good head of steam heading into the districts, although we still have a shot in the conference,” Hainault pointed out.

As for his team, Krahling said he’s still searching for consistency.

“We’re capable of playing some good basketball,” he said. “We just have to learn to play four complete quarters.”

After falling behind by a 22-6 margin early in the second frame, the Bays rallied back and cut the deficit to 28-18 by the halftime break.

And they made it 28-20 early in the third quarter on a hoop by the hustling Cami Daavettila.

But baskets by Lela Rautiola and Sydney Danison helped up the lead to 41-25 by the end of the period.

Rautiola dropped in eight points in the final stanza to put the lid firmly on.

“Lela Rautiola can get in streaks like that,” her coach said. “When she gets set on her shot, she can make them.”

Rautiola had a game-high 15 points, followed by Allen’s 14 markers. Danison was steady with 12 points and a game high 10 rebounds. She also blocked four shots.

The Blue Bolts, 4-12, 2-10, were led by Daavettila with 11 points and four steals. Bailey Poyhonen added seven points.

Chassell will go to Jeffers for a big game Monday.

DBHS goes to Watersmeet the same night.

Chassell 10 18 13 13 – 54

D. Bay 6 12 7 8 – 33

CHASSELL – Hokenson 6, Pietila 2, Danison 12, Huhta 5, Allen 14, Rautiola 15; FT: 4-9; Rebounds: 29 (Danison 10); Fouls: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Allen 1, Rautiola 1.

DOLLAR BAY — Busser 4, Isaacson 5, Daavettila 11, Poyhonen 7, Stout 2, Caskey 4. FT: 0-3; Rebounds: 22 (Busser 7); Fouls: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Daavettila 3, Poyhonen 1, Isaacson 1.