McBain, Mich. — The undefeated Oscoda Owls advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history, and up first they faced the Lake City Trojans (19-2). Lake City’s roster is led by 6-foot-2 senior Rylie Bisballe, who has signed with Trine University, and junior Makayla Ardis, a verbal commit to GVSU. This was the toughest matchup the Owls faced all season.
Bisballe was a dominant force on offense and defense in the paint. The senior blocked Oscoda’s Lauren Langley about six times, so the junior took her skills outside knocking down two 3-pointers. Add a putback in the paint and free throws to the total, and Langley led the Owls with 14 points. Her key 3-pointer was in the second quarter which made the score 18-14 Trojans. Lake City entered halftime with the 24-16 lead.
Macy Kellstrom started the attack in the third quarter with a triple, but the Owls only added four free throws by Langley to score seven points versus Lake City’s 17. Kellstrom and Langley added another 3-pointer each in the fourth, and senior Katelyn Etherton stepped up by driving and scoring six points. She put up 12 total points for the Owls. Oscoda held Lake City to eight points in the final quarter, but the Trojans hung on topping the Owls 49-35 ending Oscoda’s historic season at (22-1) overall.
The Trojans outscored the Owls 42-14 inside the arc, but from 3-point range Oscoda dropped five which totaled 15 points. Lake City did not make any from deep.
Lauren Langley (Junior) – 14
Katelyn Etherton (Senior) – 12
Macy Kellstrom (Sophomore) – 6
Brooke Nowiski (Senior) – 3