PREP ROUNDUP: Onekama girls stage unlikely comeback, down Buckley

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BUCKLEY — Onekama finished a stretch of eight of nine games on the road in dramatic fashion, defeating Buckley 40-38 Tuesday night.

Colleen McCarthy led the way with 17 points and 7 rebounds, but had to sit out the wild ending after fouling out in the final minutes of the contest.

Elizabeth Domres also finished the game on the bench after sustaining a back injury late in the fourth quarter, having scored 8 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.

“It was a total team effort,” Onekama head coach Jim Armstrong said. “We didn’t play real well, but we never quit. We kept fighting, and how we pulled it out I’m not sure.”

The Portagers (7-7 overall, 5-6 Northwest Conference) trailed 38-29 with 3:21 left in the contest, but ended the game with an 11-0 run to emerge with the unlikely win.

Cassidy Gilman scored 5 of her 7 points in the game in that stretch, and Maggie Domres finished off the comeback with a free throw that made the final score 40-38.

Buckley (3-12, 2-9) led 32-28 at the end of the third quarter, and then went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth and set up the memorable finish.

“It just goes to show you, if you play the whole game good things happen,” Armstrong said.

After playing eight of their last nine games on the road the Portagers will have their next five at home, starting with league-leading Kingsley, the second-ranked team in the state in Class B, on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Lakers fall to GTA, 54-44

TRAVERSE CITY — Bear Lake dropped its record in girls basketball to 8-4 on the season with at 54-44 loss at Grand Traverse Academy Tuesday night.

The loss to the Mustangs (11-3) was the Lakers’ fourth in their last seven games, with six of those seven games on the road.

Alyssa Eisenlohr had a team-high 15 points and Yuki Babinec added 10 for the Lakers, who shot just 26 percent from the field and hit just one of their 14 3-point attempts in the game.

The Lakers will get back into West Michigan D League action on Thursday, Feb. 1, when they come home to face Mason County Eastern.


Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or

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