Hoerman records triple-double as Seaholm tops Troy in overtime

By: Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published January 7, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Dana Hoerman was called on to do a little bit of everything, leading the Birmingham Seaholm girls basketball team to its first victory of the season, in a thrilling 38-37 overtime decision against Troy High Jan. 6 at home.

The contest was the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division opener for both teams.

Hoerman started the night by pairing with fellow senior Wendy Wilkinson in a duet, performing the national anthem before tip off. Once the action started, Hoerman registered a triple-double, scoring a game-high 14 points, collecting 15 rebounds and swatting 11 blocks.

"Hoerman played point guard, played at five, played the wing, she really did it all tonight," Seaholm coach January Hladki said. "That's what we are going to need from her. In the second half, she just took over."

The Colts (2-5 overall, 0-1 Blue) held an 11-9 lead after the first quarter. The Maples  (1-7, 1-0) locked down defensively in the following frame, holding Troy to only four points in the second quarter to take a 21-15 lead into the locker room.

Troy opened the second half on a 5-0 run to narrow the deficit to 21-20, but Seaholm responded with a run of its own, utilizing a 10-0 scamper to push it to 31-20.

"Our kids fought hard, and we were able to come out early and set the tone," Troy coach Simon Bato said. "Unfortunately we let them back in and they sustained their run a lot longer in the first half. Again, we were down, but we were able to come back. There's a silver lining here — our kids never stopped fighting, and that is something we like to see every day in practice and games."

Bato's club closed out regulation with an 11-2 comeback, forcing a jump ball with 10 ticks left on the clock. Junior Danika Murray hit a mid-range shot just before the buzzer to tie it at 33 and force the extra session.

Hoerman scored four of her points in overtime, helping the Maples open the calendar year with the campaign's first victory.

"We just tried to think of 2016 as totally behind us," Hladki said. "There were a lot of growing pains early on this season, but this one really means a lot to our team. They are really enjoying this in the locker room right now."

Bato was disappointed to open league play with the tight loss, pointing to Hoerman as the big difference.

"We knew that Hoerman was one of their top players, and she has had a great season so far," Bato said. "She is a hard working senior, and we just had a couple of breakdowns defensively against her."

Senior Shannon Lin's nine points led Troy offensively. The Colts return to the floor on Jan. 10 with a trip to Auburn Hills Avondale.

Seaholm plays its next four contests on the road, first heading to Rochester High on Jan. 10.