2017-01-19 / Sports

Mackinaw City Comets Girls Basketball Celebrates Homecoming Game

By Erich T. Doerr


The Mackinaw City girls basketball game Friday, January 13, saw the homecoming king and queen and their courts crowned and honored before the start of play. Kelsi Davis was crowned as the homecoming queen, with Michael Elliott selected as the king. The entire court is pictured together following the ceremony: (from left) Ariel Durant, Quinn Rogala, Haley Jones, Brandee McArthur, Savannah Grimmer, Selena Bibb, Kelsi, Michael, Kash O’Brien, Jarred Hartman, Robert Martin, and Johnny Russ. The 2016 king Conrad Prevo and 2015 queen Lauren Bell (not pictured) both returned to crown the successors. The Mackinaw City girls basketball game Friday, January 13, saw the homecoming king and queen and their courts crowned and honored before the start of play. Kelsi Davis was crowned as the homecoming queen, with Michael Elliott selected as the king. The entire court is pictured together following the ceremony: (from left) Ariel Durant, Quinn Rogala, Haley Jones, Brandee McArthur, Savannah Grimmer, Selena Bibb, Kelsi, Michael, Kash O’Brien, Jarred Hartman, Robert Martin, and Johnny Russ. The 2016 king Conrad Prevo and 2015 queen Lauren Bell (not pictured) both returned to crown the successors. The Mackinaw City girls basketball team took to the court at home Friday, January 13, for the school’s annual homecoming game in a gymnasium decorated with special signs for the occasion. The Comets’ Northern Lakes Conference opponent from Harbor Light Christian (4-2, 4-0), however, would crash the party as the Swordsmen bested the hosts 61-42 to claim their first win against Mackinaw City (5-4, 4-2) since 2011.


Mackinaw City’s Haley Jones (10) has the ball and weighs her options early in the first quarter of the school’s homecoming game Friday, January 13, as Harbor Light Christian’s Mikayla Kersting (4) defends against her. Mackinaw City’s Haley Jones (10) has the ball and weighs her options early in the first quarter of the school’s homecoming game Friday, January 13, as Harbor Light Christian’s Mikayla Kersting (4) defends against her. “I told my players before this one that the team that executed on both ends of the floor would win this game,” Mackinaw City Coach Adam Stefanski said. “Credit to Harbor Light; they deserved to win this one. They are a very nice team.”

Harbor Light Coach Eric Huffman said the victory is a big one for his team. The Swordsmen used a full-court press throughout much of the game. The team needed a wellrounded effort to beat Mackinaw City, and when its star players hit foul trouble, the rest of the team stepped up to help.

“This is a step in the right direction,” Mr. Huffman said. “We established the press early, but we had to back off when we hit foul trouble… Overall, the press was very effective.”


Mackinaw City’s Samantha Somers (14) faces strong defense from Harbor Light Christian’s Mary Grosskopf (12) and Emma Johnson (21) as she pulls down a rebound during the second quarter of the Comets’ homecoming game Friday, January 13. Samantha’s teammate Haley Jones (10) gets to her feet after being knocked down while shooting, while Sarah Morse (24) is in position for a possible rebound after the next shot, and Kameryn Hartman (2) is open outside. Harbor Light led 35-24 at halftime and went on to win 61-42. Mackinaw City’s Samantha Somers (14) faces strong defense from Harbor Light Christian’s Mary Grosskopf (12) and Emma Johnson (21) as she pulls down a rebound during the second quarter of the Comets’ homecoming game Friday, January 13. Samantha’s teammate Haley Jones (10) gets to her feet after being knocked down while shooting, while Sarah Morse (24) is in position for a possible rebound after the next shot, and Kameryn Hartman (2) is open outside. Harbor Light led 35-24 at halftime and went on to win 61-42. The Swordsmen led the game start to finish as they began with an 8-0 run during the first three minutes. Mackinaw City would come back to end the quarter with a late 7-2 run, but Harbor Light maintained a 17-11 lead as the second quarter began. Harbor Light went back on the attack, going on a 10-0 run in the first half of the second quarter, but fouled Mackinaw City repeatedly. The Comets had 16 free throws throughout the quarter, but only made seven of them. At halftime the Swordsmen led 35-24.

The intermission did little to cool Harbor Light’s offense, but Mackinaw City did not let it pull away further in the third as both teams scored 10 points. Neither team scored in the first minute of the third quarter before the Swordsmen went on an 8-0 run. The second half of the quarter saw Mackinaw City respond with its own 7-0 run, although

Harbor Light maintained a 45-34 lead as the fourth quarter began. A 12-2 run for the Swordsmen throughout the first threefourths of the final quarter put the game out of reach for the home team.

Mr. Stefanski said he stressed to his team that every possession would count, but his team made too many mental errors in the game. He emphasized that the Comets will need to improve their free throw shooting in the future; the team made it to the charity stripe 31 times Friday, but it resulted in only 12 points. His players were in complete agreement after the game.

“We just didn’t play like we normally do,” Mackinaw City player Kameryn Hartman said, noting their errors added up throughout the game.

“We made a lot of little mental errors,” teammate Sarah Morse said. “We’ll need to make more of our free throws.”

The victory proved to be a big one for Harbor Light’s players, none of whom had beaten Mackinaw City before.

“I was so proud of my team,” Harbor Light player Emma Johnson said. “We’ve lost to Mackinaw City so many times it’s great to get a win…It’s even better to do it with this group of girls.”

“This was a real team effort,” teammate Mikayla Kersting added. “We were all able to contribute.”

Comets Statistics: Samantha Somers, 15 points; Kameryn Hartman, 12 points; Haley Jones, 12 points; Katelynn Bell, two points; Sarah Morse, one point.

Swordsmen Statistics: Emma Johnson, 24 points; Mikayla Kersting, 20 points; Tori Johnson, seven points; Elizabeth Klevorn, seven points; Nani Paule, three points.

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