Vikings end Bucks’ season in girls Districts, 52-34
Despite leading at the end of the first quarter, the Roscommon High School girls varsity basketball team went cold in the second quarter as Grayling defeated the Bucks 52-34 Feb. 29 in the opening round of the MHSAA District 63-B tournament, 61-52.
The Bucks took an early lead in the contest ahead 7-6 after the first eight minutes.
Grayling then blew the game open in the second quarter scoring 17 points compared to just four from the Bucks taking a 23-11 lead into halftime.
Grayling added 10 more points in the third frame while Roscommon scored just six as the Vikings held a 33-17 lead with eight minutes to play.
The Bucks had their best offensive output of the game in the final eight minutes scoring 17 points, however Grayling answered with 19 points of their own en route to the victory.
“We played Grayling tough the first two times [this season] and were feeling good about our third attempt,” Roscommon coach Phil Weiler said.
Weiler noted that both teams played “sloppy” in the first quarter. “In the second we got out-worked on the glass and our shooting went cold at the same time.”
“The girls did come out in the second half with some attitude and we held our own but could not make up any ground,” he said.
This was the final game for seniors Tonya Chouinard, Skylar Szymanski, Janene Nesbitt, Liz Gendernalik, Dianne Doebler and Kayla Hawkins.
“It is hard to see the seniors go that way and I thank them for all that they have given to the program. Also the senior parents for their support and the three ladies that came up for districts and all contributed tonight,” Weiler said.
Leading the Bucks in scoring were Chouinard and Gendernalik with six points each.
Other Bucks scoring included Doebler with five points, Sam Adams and Michon Van Wormer with four points each, Amanda Reno with three points and Logan Hutek, Kalen Church and Reagan Moffit with two points each.
Hawkins recorded nine rebounds and six blocks.
The Vikings had two players score double-digits in Cierra Prosser (18 points) and Hailey Whittaker (11 points).
The Bucks shot 4-of-8 (50%) from the free-throw line while Grayling shot 9-of-19 (47%).
Roscommon finished the season with a 5-16 overall record.
In the District championship game, the Vikings fell to Cheboygan 55-46.