Portagers rebound with big win

Onekama’s Colleen McCarthy fights her way through a double-team during the Portagers’ 50-15 rout of Mesick Thursday night. McCarthy had 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks in the game. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Onekama’s Colleen McCarthy fights her way through a double-team during the Portagers’ 50-15 rout of Mesick Thursday night. McCarthy had 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks in the game. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA — Onekama girls basketball had a dominant and much-needed win on Thursday night against Mesick to prepare for the upcoming districts.

The Portagers controlled the game from the onset to beat the Bulldogs 50-15.

The team put on some pressure in the early minutes before backing out and subbing liberally in the game.

“We worked on some things tonight,” Onekama coach Jim Armstrong said. “We ran a couple different presses. We ran some zone and some man. Everybody got a chance to play and it was a good win.”

Despite the blowout win it wasn’t always Onekama’s sharpest effort with the team missing a lot of shots early in the game. Fortunately for them they rebounded almost off of those misses and eventually would make the put back.

The Portagers (8-9, 6-8) ran a quasi-rebounding drill early, while Mesick (1-15, 0-13) was barely able to get into its offense. Two three-point shots from Cassidy Gilman helped the team lead 17-5 after one.

“Tonight we talked before the game that we just played Glen Lake and Kingsley, the top teams in the league. The thing we didn’t do well against Glen Lake was that we turned the ball over too much times and we didn’t rebound. Tonight we wanted to rebound better,” Armstrong said.

Colleen McCarthy was able to shoot through the heart of the Mesick defense in the second quarter, while the team went into the break up 32-7. She had 10 of her 12 points in the first half. She also finished with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Armstrong was able to start mixing lineups in the second half to see what could work later in the season.

Elizabeth Domres had a big second half with 8 points in that stretch. She finished with a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Gilman made four three-point shots for 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Zoe Morley had 10 points.

In the middle two quarters the Bulldogs only scored four points.

“Cassidy is probably my second best shooter on the team. She’s sometimes a little relaxed on the defensive end, but tonight she played better defense,” Armstrong said. “If you leave her open on a three-point shot, she’ll hit four of them like she did tonight. If she’s by herself she could be my best shooter.”

Onekama will be back on Tuesday at home against Leland (5-12, 3-10).

Onekama won the junior varsity game 48-25.

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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