Houghton races to early lead on Westwood girls

ISHPEMING – Outscored 33-14 in the first half, the Westwood High School girls basketball team dropped a 56-30 non-conference decision to visiting Houghton Friday night.

The Patriots got 14 points from Katie Rankinen, but still fell to 1-6 on the season.

“We’re just having trouble putting the ball into the hole,” WHS coach Kurt Corcoran said. “Just 13 trips to the free throw line isn’t going to do it, either, when they shoot 29 times.”

He added sophomore point guard Gabby Hebert, playing in her first varsity game, was “awesome.”

Elisa Jurmu poured in 26 points and Kelsie Richard 15 for Houghton (8-1).

Westwood won the jayvee game, 47-24.

St. Ignace 73, Newberry 27

At Newberry, the host Indians just didn’t have enough height or depth to keep up with the team that’s officially the Upper Peninsula’s No. 1 team in Class D and probably the best regardless of class.

“They’re definitely a very well-coached and athletic team,” Newberry coach Robert Depew said. “They’re tall and they work their rear ends off.”

The Saints, who held leads of 16-6 and 48-13 after each of the first two quarters, improved to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Straits Area Conference. Newberry slipped to 3-7 and 2-2, respectively.

Junior Marissa Rushford paced the Indians with six points. Junior teammate Abby Leafers pulled in five rebounds.

Kelley Wright scored 18 points to pace St. Ignace.

The Saints JVs won 53-41.

Sup. Ctl. 45, N. Central 44

At Powers, a Central U.P. Conference girls’ basketball game went down to the wire as the third-ranked Superior Central Cougars pulled out a 45-44 triumph over fifth-ranked North Central.

SC gained a 45-42 lead on a free throw by Lindsey Richmond with 16 seconds left.

“We had a heck of a time holding onto the lead,” Cougars’ coach Greg Trowbridge said.

NC’s Morgan Well then finished the scoring on a putback with five seconds remaining.

Vanessa Freberg led the Cougars (10-0 overall, 7-0 CUP) with 14 points. Brooke Pasanen added 13 and Teslyn Tyner had 11.