Panthers make their case

CHASSELL – Both Chassell and Dollar Bay used their J.D. in this court room Tuesday, and after some extra deliberations, the girls’ basketball verdict was in favor of the Panthers.

Chassell’s J.D., Jamie Dompier, scored 23 points, including all seven for her team in overtime as the hosts won a crazy 48-46 Copper Country Conference contest.

With Chassell nursing a 1-point lead in the last minute of overtime, Dompier committed a grand theft of the ball from Dollar Bay’s J.D., Julia Daavettila, before the Bays could take a shot for the win.

“I think she’d actually kind of burnt me to one side and I was just trailing her and my teammates had her blocked. I just kind of came around the side of her and tugged it away from her and took off,” Dompier said.

Dompier made the play to end the game on the defensive end after several good looks at what could’ve been a game-winning play on offense late in regulation and overtime missed, were blocked or resulted in turnovers.

“It was frustrating, but I can’t let myself get down and get mad at myself. I know the girls look up to me even though they’re pretty much all looking down at me, realistically,” the diminutive senior point guard quipped. “I know that no matter what I do, I can’t let it get to me. It’s important that I realize I can’t let my head hang.”

Dompier finished with 23 points to lead all scorers, while Daavettila had 17 to pace the Bays.

“She gives it her all and not only that, she gets everyone else to play hard as well,” Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said.

Dollar Bay led most of regulation and Daavettila had a lot to do with it. The senior scored 11 points in the first quarter alone (Dompier had six) as both teams got off to a fast and entertaining start. A four-point play from Kirsten Daavettila put Chassell ahead midway through the second quarter only for Julia to score on back-to-back trips late in the quarter. Dollar Bay went into the locker room up 27-23.

The turnover count went up and the points down in the second half, but four fourth-quarter lead changes kept things entertaining. Sam Ozanich’s steal and lay-up gave the Bays a one-point lead, but they couldn’t add to it even though Chassell kept missing opportunities to go ahead.

“We scrapped with them. I think our girls played well. We made our own mistakes. We gave this one away, I believe because of some bad passes along the way and not controlling what we could do. We started playing their game and not ours,” DB coach Steve Krahling said.

In overtime, Dollar Bay led by three with a minute to go, but Bay turnovers became Dompier free throws that eliminated the gap. She went 4-for-5 from the line in OT, with the only miss coming with less than a second on the clock.

The win raises Chassell to 4-2 (3-1 CCC), double its 2011-12 win total.

“It is unbelievable how much these girls have changed since last season. They’re an amazing group to be with and they make me so proud and I just love them. This past summer, we’ve seen so much improvement in everybody and we’ve really come together as one team and we’ve really been able to work together,” Dompier said.

Kirsten Daavettila finished with 13 for the Panthers, who host Ewen-Trout Creek Thursday night.

Meagan Kangas pitched in 12 points for the Bays (2-4, 1-3 CCC), who host Watersmeet Thursday.