2017-12-07 / Sports

Shooting woes continue as Bucks fall to visiting Braves

Despite the success of a stalling strat­egy, the Roscommon girls varsity bas­ketball team’s low shooting percentage from the floor played a key role in a loss to visiting Tawas Dec. 5. The Bucks lost the game 33-23.

Roscommon Coach Scott Mires said the Bucks intended it to be a low-scoring game, and keyed in on keeping Tawas senior scorer Morgan Kaniszewski (the daughter of Roscommon graduate Jason Kaniszewski, who is to play college bas­ketball at Northwood Institute after grad­uation) in check and maintaining control of the ball as much as possible.

“We just couldn’t finish the game,” said Mires, referring to the Bucks’ lack of scoring.

Tawas had a thin 7-6 lead after the first quarter of play, which they extended to 14-8 by halftime with Kaniszewski contributing only nine points. The Bucks were down by four (20-16) at the end of three after outscoring the Braves 8-6, but Tawas took fourth-quarter scoring 13-7.

Roscommon went 9-for-27 in two- point shots from the floor and 0-for-9 in three-point shots, for an overall field goal percentage of 26%. A bright spot for the Bucks was their performance from the free throw line, where they made 5-of-12 shots, or 42%, which is their best performance of the season so far.

Roscommon scorers were led by Em­ily Barnhart with eight points, followed by Peyton Church, six points; Maleah Wooten four points; Jennifer Tussey, four points and Morgan Thomas, one point.

The Bucks are now 0-3 overall and 0-1 in Jack Pine Conference play. They are scheduled to host Beaverton tonight (Thursday).

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