2016-12-22 / Sports

Wilcox, Lady Wildcats push win streak to six

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


NORTHPORT SENIOR Manmeet Dhami puts up two of her career-high 15 points last Thursday in a 38-25 road win over Cherryland Conference foe St. Mary. 
Photo: Dan Duffiney NORTHPORT SENIOR Manmeet Dhami puts up two of her career-high 15 points last Thursday in a 38-25 road win over Cherryland Conference foe St. Mary. Photo: Dan Duffiney Manmeet Dhami said she wanted to win a Cherryland Conference title this season, and she’s well on her way.

Dhami, the lone senior on the Northport girls basketball team, scored a game-high and career-high 15 points last Thursday as the Lady Wildcats went to Lake Leelanau and knocked off the reigning league champs, 38-24.

“She had the game of her life against St. Mary,” coach Casey Wilcox said of Dhami, who also corralled 10 rebounds. “She kind of took command of the floor. She had never beat St. Mary and her goal for this year is to win conference. She’s really taking that on herself to make sure that happens.”

The Lady Wildcats (6-1, 2-0 Cherryland) followed up the big performance by racking up their sixth straight victory — and matching their 2015-16 win total — at home on Monday against the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association, 43-25.

Wilcox said her team got off to a slow start but more than made up for it by opening up a 30-4 run spanning the second and third quarters.

Jasmin Denny came through with the big game this time, supplying a game-high and career-high 15 points. Joan Ogemaw added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“A lot of our players are playing with a great deal of confidence and taking shots they haven’t trusted themselves to take in the past,” Wilcox said.

A willingness to spread the ball around has kept defenders on their heels. Four players are averaging more than 6.8 points per game: Ogemaw (12.1), Dhami (7.4), Sarah Reynolds (7.1) and Jasmin Denny (6.8).

St. Mary senior Haley Tarsa was impressed by Northport’s progress.

“They just move the ball really well,” Tarsa said. “We’re looking forward to playing them next time.”

The Wildcats, who will enter 2017 as the last girls team in the county without a regulation loss, have stifled opposing offenses since giving up 39 points in their season-opening loss at Wolverine in overtime. Northport has surrendered just 24, 22, 25, 18, 24 and 25 points, respectively, during the six-game win streak.

Wilcox said a lot has gone into the team’s red-hot start but deflected all credit to her players.

“It’s the most focused team I’ve coached in Northport,” Wilcox said. “That’s for sure.

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