2017-02-16 / Sports

Bucks battle back in fourth for win over Braves, 42-39Clay

The Roscommon girls varsity bas­ketball team won a tight battle at Tawas Feb. 14, beating the Braves 42-39.

Roscommon maintained an 11-9 edge after the first quarter and led 22-19 at halftime, but Tawas battled back to take a 33-32 lead by the end of the third quarter. Roscommon Coach Scott Mires said the Bucks’ team effort on defense made the difference in the game, espe­cially by holding the Braves’ Morgan Kaniszewski to only 14 points. Mires said Kaniszewski had been averaging 29 points per game.

He also praised the upswing in senior Sydney Blanchard’s output on both of­fense and defense during the last three games.

“Sydney has had double doubles in the last three games, and her rebound­ing is something else!” said Mires. Blanchard led Roscommon scorers at Tawas, scoring 17 points and hauling in 12 rebounds.

Other Buck scorers were Emily Barn­hart, eight points, seven rebounds; Pey­ton Church, eight points, four rebounds and Morgan Thomas and Kaeley Hahn with four points each.

Mires said the Bucks will be “look­ing for redemption” when they host ri­val Houghton Lake tonight (Thursday), after suffering a loss to the Bobcats earlier in the week. The game will also feature the crowning of the Roscommon High School Winter Carnival King and Queen, as well as the annual Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser.

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