Portagers slog through win over Grand Traverse Academy

Onekama’s Elizabeth Domres (23) drives past Grand Traverse Academy’s Melissa Hatch (20) during the Portagers’ 60-49 win Friday night. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Onekama’s Elizabeth Domres (23) drives past Grand Traverse Academy’s Melissa Hatch (20) during the Portagers’ 60-49 win Friday night. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA — Onekama prepared for the upcoming girls basketball districts by gutting out a sloppy, choppy non-conference win, 60-49 over Grand Traverse Academy Friday night.

Four players scored in double figures for the Portagers (10-9), who started out in a double-digit, first quarter hole, climbed back into the game quickly, and then fought through foul trouble and sloppy play before pulling away in the fourth.

Onekama head coach Jim Armstrong, who honored his seniors in their last game on their home floor, looked at the game with a glass-half-full attitude.

“It was Senior Night, with kids sitting around crying,” Armstrong said. “Every team makes runs, and you have to withstand the storm, try to slow it down a little bit, and that’s exactly what we did.”

With a starting lineup of all seniors, the Portagers fell behind early, 11-1 in the first 3:10 of the contest.

After the normal starters came in, Onekama reeled off the next 17 points, and took an 18-11 lead into the second quarter.

That momentum was stalled somewhat by Colleen McCarthy getting into foul trouble, and having to spend a significant chunk of the contest as a spectator. McCarthy picked up her third foul with 4:52 left in the second quarter, and the team struggled to find its offensive rhythm without her.

The Mustangs (11-6) finished the second quarter on a 10-4 run and took a 26-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.

McCarthy scored her team’s first six points of the second half, but then committed her fourth foul with 4:11 left in the third quarter and had to sit again.

Grand Traverse took a 38-36 lead with 2:03 left in the third, but the Portager defense took over from there. Onekama held the Mustangs without a field goal for the next 8:32 of game time, by which time they opened up a 53-39 lead with 1:44 left and cruised from there.

Zoe Morley and Elizabeth Domres shared team-high honors with 14 points each for the Portagers, and McCarthy and Maggie Domres each scored 13 in the game.

Mustang sophomore Alyssa Tarkowski led all scorers in the game with 22 points.

“It was a good team effort,” Armstrong said. “They (Grand Traverse) are a decent team, and I’m happy we got out of here with a win. It didn’t look good at the beginning, but we fought, we battled.”

With the win, Onekama is assured of at least a .500 record for the regular season. The Portagers will finish that regular season with a Northwest Conference game at Benzie Central on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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

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