2017-12-07 / Sports

Ogemaw the hero as North Bay stuns Grand Traverse Academy


NORTHPORT SENIOR Joan Ogemaw was the hero for North Bay on Friday, knocking down a game-winning buzzer beater at Grand Traverse Academy. Ogemaw is pictured shooting a free throw against Bear Lake in a 35-30 season-opening loss last Wednesday. 
Photo: Dan Duffiney NORTHPORT SENIOR Joan Ogemaw was the hero for North Bay on Friday, knocking down a game-winning buzzer beater at Grand Traverse Academy. Ogemaw is pictured shooting a free throw against Bear Lake in a 35-30 season-opening loss last Wednesday. Photo: Dan Duffiney The first win of the North Bay girls basketball co-op is one senior forward Joan Ogemaw won’t soon forget.

Ogemaw followed her own shot and beat the buzzer with a game-winning putback on Friday to give North Bay a 53-52 win at Grand Traverse Academy.

“I didn’t think she was going to have time,” North Bay coach Jim Champion said, “but she never quit.”

Ogemaw finished with a game-high 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Fellow Northport senior Sarah Reynolds poured in 13 points and corralled eight rebounds. Paige Kohler had eight points and eight assists; Lindsey Somero scored six.

“I’m just real happy to get the win,” Champion said. “The girls, their determination was incredible.

“We were pretty well beat with not a lot of time on the clock. We ran two plays I diagrammed during timeouts. They didn’t go exactly as we planned, but we made them work.”

North Bay led by as many as 14 points in the game, Champion said, but defensive lapses allowed the Mustangs to make a run.

“To let a 14-point lead slip away and not get it back would have been tough to swallow,” Champion said.

The offense, meanwhile, looked much better than it did in a 35-30 loss to Bear Lake last Wednesday.

“Friday night, for the most part, we did a better job with our half-court offense,” he said. “We ran something a little more organized, so that helped.”

Three players reached double figures for Grand Traverse Academy: Alyssa Tarkowski (15 points), Hannah Weatherholt (14 points) and Meghan Scharpenberg (11 points).

North Bay (1-1) was slated to take on St. Mary after press time last night.

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