Rogers City, Mich. — The Oscoda Owls girls basketball squad faced a tough road test on Friday against the Rogers City Hurons, the top two teams in the North Star League-Big Dipper. The title was on the line and all the Owls needed was a victory to clinch a share for the first time since the 1966-67 season. The marquee matchup was between post players Taylor Fleming from Rogers City and Oscoda’s Lauren Langley.
“I was really nervous in the beginning of the game,” said senior Fleming. “I wasn’t sure what to expect because you hear how good she is, but I think we had a fair match.”
Fleming put up a strong performance boxing out and grabbing rebounds, scoring 15 points in each half, and knocking down the step-back jumpers. Langley made most of her shots battling in the paint. The junior’s favorite move is drop step to the left.
“Ever since I was a freshman I’ve always felt like I had this rivalry with her,” said Langley. “She’s another post. I also play her in volleyball as a middle hitter, so every time I play her I always try to go at her.”
Oscoda Senior Katelyn Etherton put up 24 points, scoring many on quick transitions and fast breaks. The Owls defeated Rogers City 54-49 improving to (16-0), which is the most wins in school history for regular season in girls basketball.
“This is crazy amazing. We put so much work in the summer and off–season,” said Langley. “Just feels amazing to be able to win it, and all the hard work paying off.”
The boys game followed and the Owls defeated the Hurons 55-42, capping off a historic record breaking season at a perfect (20-0) record. The Hurons put up a good fight behind Ethan Hincka and Jeff Ellenberger’s efforts. The Owls’ took control of the momentum in the second period when Gabe Kellstrom made a layup tying the game at 12-all, and Owen Franklin and Gavin Lueck each knocked down a three-pointer.
After the game Head Coach Seth Alda told his players in the locker room, “We are extremely happy with our season so far, but it’s not done yet.”
Oscoda sits as the lone survivor in Michigan high school basketball with both varsity squads undefeated up to this point in the regular season.
Oscoda Girls Points:
Katelyn Etherton – 24
Lauren Langley – 17
Macy Kellstrom – 8
Izzy Hulverson – 4
Brooke Nowiski – 1
Rogers City Girls Points:
Taylor Fleming – 30
Kyley LaFleche – 7
Linnea Hentkowski – 4
Kyrsten Altman – 4
Karissa Rabeau – 4
Oscoda Boys Points:
Gabe Kellstrom – 14
Owen Franklin – 12
Jacob Post – 10
Brayden Mallak – 9