Negaunee girls defend top spot in M-PC at Gwinn

GWINN – Sloppy ball handling and an inability to hit shots hurt the Gwinn girls basketball team in a 53-31 home loss to Mid-Peninsula Conference-leading Negaunee on Thursday.

The Miners (7-1 overall, 5-0 M-PC) jumped out to a 19-8 lead after one quarter, but Gwinn whittled its deficit to six points in the middle of the third quarter.

“Between the missed shots and turning the ball over, that doomed us,” said coach Ben Olsen of Gwinn (2-6, 2-2).

Despite holding a 27-24 rebounding edge, the Modeltowners committed 30 turnovers and made just 23 percent (10 of 43) from the field.

“Our defense won the game for us, just as it has been doing all year,” Negaunee coach Brandon Sager said.

Miners’ junior forward Rosalie Anderson led all players with 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior teammate Ashley Veale contributed 10 points, eight steals and six rebounds.

Junior center Shelby Talsma paced Gwinn with nine points, while sophomore guard Ellie Olsen grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Modeltowners won the JV game, 48-40 in overtime.