2018-02-08 / Sports

Late free throws lift North Bay past Frankfort

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


NORTH BAY returned from Frankfort with a 57-54 win on Tuesday. Pictured from left at a recent home game in Suttons Bay are Paige Kohler, Sarah Reynolds, Emily Halvorsen, Joan Ogemaw and Jasmin Denny. NORTH BAY returned from Frankfort with a 57-54 win on Tuesday. Pictured from left at a recent home game in Suttons Bay are Paige Kohler, Sarah Reynolds, Emily Halvorsen, Joan Ogemaw and Jasmin Denny. Down one with two minutes to play, North Bay senior Joan Ogemaw stepped to the line and promptly heard it from the Frankfort faithful.

Ogemaw responded with a pair of go-ahead free throws — and a smile.

“The ball don’t lie,” said first-year North Bay coach Jim Champion, whose team lost by 16 points in its previous meeting with the Panthers. “Her coach taught her that one.”

Ogemaw pumped in a game-high 21 points in the rematch on Tuesday as visiting North Bay clawed its way back from a 13-point halftime deficit and escaped with a 57-54 win.

Don’t hand the Panthers a fifth straight district championship just yet.

“That was one of the biggest successes I’ve had in basketball,” Ogemaw said of the outcome. “It felt good to be up there competing at that level.”

North Bay (8-9, 6-7 Northwest) also had a big game from Paige Kohler, who put up 16 points, five rebounds, nine assists and four steals. Sarah Reynolds added 12 points — including two game-sealing free throws — to go with five rebounds.

The team tallied just five points in the second quarter but seemed to figure out Frankfort’s press in the second half, scoring 19 points in the third quarter and 20 points in the fourth.

“Once we broke it, we were shooting layups,” Champion said.

North Bay is slated to host Leland (4-11, 2-9 Northwest) tonight in Suttons Bay. North Bay won the previous meeting in overtime 50-47.

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