TAWAS CITY – Oscoda’s rivalry with Tawas Area continued to get a little more lopsided Thursday night. The Lady Owls, hosting the Lady Braves in a non-league basketball game, overcame a sluggish first quarter, but rolled from there to pick up a convincing 67-25 victory; their fourth straight win against Tawas.
“I thought we started out horrible,” head coach Mark Toppi said. “The first quarter was close, but I knew it wasn’t going to stay like that. I wasn’t ever worried we were going to lose, but I thought we would jump on them right off the bat. That is one of the things we are going to work on is playing hard against bad teams. I think Tawas is in for a long year.”
Oscoda led just 8-6 after the first quarter and led 20-11 at the half. A monster third frame staked the Owls to a commanding 52-16 lead entering the fourth as they played out the final frame comfortably.
Macy Kellstrom led all scorers with 30 points, Izzy Hulverson poured in 14, Mia Whipkey added 13, Jessica Montgomery added seven, Kaylin Griggs had two and Megan Myles chipped in with one.
“Macy scoring 30, that was impressive, she had four threes and she just had a great game,” Toppi said.
On Saturday, Oscoda picked up another convincing win, this time 70-47 at Durand. The Owls hit an impressive 14 three pointers in the contest.
“It was kind of nice, playing someone new and seeing a different style of play,” Toppi said. “It was really physical down there, which was fine. It was nice to see our girls didn’t whine about it, they just toughened up and kept playing so that was nice to see. They are probably better than most of the teams in the North Star League.”
The 14 three pointers bring the team to 55 made three pointers, through just six games this season.
“I have seen it every day in practice and that is why we are shooting so many of them,” Toppi said. “All seven of them can shoot it and one of these days we are all going to be on fire and absolutely kill somebody. It gives us the potential to beat really good teams when the shots get going. When it leaves everyone’s hands I feel like it is going in and when we miss, it just misses.”
Leading the way in this one was Kellstrom with 19, Whipkey put in 16 and Hulverson was able to net 14.
On Monday, Feb. 15 the Owls notched a key North Star League Big Dipper win at home over Alcona, 48-41.
“They always play us tough, but I think we have more talent than them,” Toppi said. “They outsized us for sure, our tallest player is Izzy and she is only 5’7”. They have three or four big players and the only thing we can do is out run them, but we do have to rebound in order to do that. We didn’t shoot well and won by seven; if we shoot it well we can win by 25.”
Myles hit three treys in the opening quarter, though Oscoda led just 11-8 after one. The Lady Tigers inched ahead 20-18 by the half, but the Owls reclaimed a 30-29 lead entering the fourth.
Kellstrom scored 13 points and was a perfect six-of-six from the line as Oscoda salted away the win down the stretch.
Kellstrom finished with 24 points, thanks in part to four threes, Whipkey and Myles netted nine points each, Izzy Hulverson put in four and Montgomery added two.
Oscoda (6-0 overall, 2-0 NSL Big Dipper) hosted Mio on Monday, heads to Whittemore-Prescott on Friday, makes the trip to Ogemaw Heights Saturday and makes the trip to Rogers City on Monday.