Onekama fends off Walkerville
Savela, Manistee News Advocate
September 20, 2011
ONEKAMA — The Portagers watched their Game 4 lead slim and slip away.
Walkerville was rallying, and threatening to send Tuesday’s West Michigan D League match to a fifth and decisive game.
But when Onekama went down 23-21, coach Sherri Slater called a timeout to reemphasize the game-plan.
“We didn’t really talk about anything in particular, we were just having a hard luck pass here, hitting into the net there,” she said. “So with nothing really specific to point to, I just told them to stay aggressive — don’t get timid. Just because you make a mistake and we lose this game, we gave ourselves another game to work with. I’d much rather see the aggressiveness than the hesitancy, and the mistakes that come from that.”
The result? Resilience.
Out of the huddle, the Portagers fought back, took the lead, and hung on for the win, 25-22, 11-25, 25-22, 27-25.
“Every other game, you could see where the momentum was,” Slater said. “It was back and forth. Once our girls got into a groove, though, and were really focused, it was nice to see us not make mistakes.
“Everybody was doing their jobs, and the most important thing when we were having our success was everyone was attacking the ball and making (Walkerville) make the play.”
The Portagers looked strong off the bat, jumping out to a 17-11 lead in Game 1. The Wildcats, however, inched their way back, scoring four of the game’s last five points but eventually falling 25-22.
The second game was all Walkerville after it jumped out to a quick 5-0 advantage. Throughout, the Portagers suffered from self-inflicted errors that helped the Wildcats stay in the driver’s seat.