The Onamia High girls basketball team brought their overall record to 6-4 with two wins last week.
“This was the best team we’ve seen this year” were the words Onamia High girls basketball coach Lenny Sedlock used to describe the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels 72-52 win over the Panthers on Jan. 6.
Even though the Panthers entered the game ranked nearly 30 points better than the Rebels, Moose Lake showed they were the better team that night, building a 14-point lead by half time and never looking back.
Lily Orazem led the Panthers in scoring with 22 points, and Roxann Emerson was also in double digits with 10.
Onamia 22 30 52
Moose Lake 36 36 72
Scoring: Orazem 22, Emerson 10, Smith 7, Saboo 7, Balder 4, Barnett 2.
The Isle Huskies girls basketball team, ranked 114th in the state, came to Onamia’s gym on Jan. 7 to take on their close rival Onamia Panthers who were ranked 59th. The disparity in ranking favored the Panthers, but the game was far closer at times than what the rankings showed.
Both teams ran out their new full-court presses, and ultimately that led to a total of 51 combined turnovers.
But the key factor leading to Onamia’s 68-50 win came during the final 13 minutes of the game. Isle had whittled into a 16-point Onamia half-time lead five minutes into the second half when they went on a 16-2 run to cut the deficit to two points with 13 minutes remaining. From then on, however, Isle could muster just one field goal, leading to the lopsided loss.
Onamia led Isle 46-39 in field-goal percentage, and together the teams posted 13 3-pointers.
Lily Orazem, Molly Saboo and Aiyanna Mitchell provided double-digit scoring and accounted for 50 of Onamia’s 68 points.
Mary Ajax and Carly Gallion had 24 of Isle’s 50 points.
Isle 28 22 50
Onamia 44 24 68
Scoring: Onamia - Orazem 22, Saboo 18, Mitchell 10, Smith 7, Barnett 6, Emerson 5. Isle - Ajax 13, Gallion 11, Miller 7, Remer 7, Big Bear 4, VanBuskirk 3, Oberfeld 3, Cooper 2.
Committing 32 turnovers as the Onamia High girls did in their game against Ogilvie last Friday most likely should have been a recipe for defeat. The Panthers, however, won the game by beating the Lions in most of the other statistical categories, including field-goal percentage, 42-29, free-throws made, 9-5, and total field goals, 22-20, to earn the win, 57-52.
Ogilvie had Onamia on the ropes when they narrowed the Panther lead to one point with two minutes remaining, but a clutch bucket by Roxann Emerson and free throws by Lily Orazem sealed the deal.
Ogilvie 15 37 52
Onamia 25 32 57
Scoring: Orazem 19, Smith 10, Saboo 9, Mitchell 8, Barnett 7, Emerson 4.