Trio of Mountaineers create triple trouble for Emeralds

IRON MOUNTAIN – Katelynn Johnson, Abby Gerhard and Morgan Bujold all scored in double figures as Iron Mountain knocked off Manistique 59-45 in Mid-Peninsula girls basketball action Thursday in Iron Mountain.

Johnson totaled 19 points to lead all scorers, sinking four of her eight 3-point tries. Gerhard went for a double-double of 13 points and 13 boards, while Bujold added two more Iron Mountain treys on her way to 12 points.

Kyra Lauzon led the Emeralds (4-10 overall, 2-8 Mid-Peninsula Conference) with 13 points, which included a couple of 3-pointers.

A late first-quarter 3 by Bujold gave Iron Mountain a lead it would never lose, but it wasn’t until the third quarter that the Mountaineers were able to start pulling away.

Johnson sunk a triple at 3:10 of the third to give Iron Mountain its biggest lead of the game up to that point at 39-32. Her shot kicked off an 8-0 push by the Black and Gold, and Manistique struggled to get the margin back under double digits.

“Defensively, we just didn’t play well enough to win,” Manistique head coach Kelley Spettel said. “We gave up 59 points to a team that last time we played them, we only gave up 35.

“Obviously, Katelynn Johnson is shooting the ball really well. We knew that coming in, but just did not get a hand up in her face enough.”

She hit her second 3 with about four minutes to play to make it a nine-point game, but Manistique was kept off the board the rest of the way.

“Their quickness, we can’t match up with it very well,” Spettel said. “It’s almost like they have five guards out there, and its tough for us because we have a lot of taller girls who just are not as quick. That’s why we had to sit in a zone (defense) most of the night.”

The Mountaineers were able to take advantage of that defense with outside shooting and a strong game inside. And Gerhard’s effort down low was complimented by Alena Herman, who totaled seven points while yanking down another 13 rebounds.

“Abby always works her tail off,” IM coach John Hogberg said. “She’s a good rebounder, good scrapper. Herman played a lot better in the second half.”

Iron Mountain (3-11, 2-7) plays at Westwood Tuesday.

The Mountaineers won the JV game, 48-33.