Patriot boys win for first time, topping Manistique

ISHPEMING – Westwood swept a pair of varsity high school basketball games from visiting Manistique on Friday, but the happiest person in the building had to be Patriots’ boys coach Ryan Reichel.

The Westwood boys got off the “schneid” and won their first game, 51-40 over the Emeralds.

“We’ve been in a lot of games all season, but this was the first time that we did all the little things we needed to do to win,” Reichel said. “The guys were diving on the floor, making the extra pass and using our offensive sets to score.”

Balanced scoring didn’t hurt, either, as junior Luke Woods scored 11 points, senior Travis Swanson and junior Justin Luke had 10 points each, and freshman point guard Luke Gray added nine.

Gray also made four steals in the fourth quarter to preserve the win for Westwood, now 1-12 overall and 1-7 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

“And he did it playing in our zone defense,” Reichel said.

Swanson also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, while junior teammate Luke Duquette had seven.

For Manistique (4-11, 2-10), junior Coby Ryan scored a game-high 12 points and senior Conner Selling had 11.

The Pats raced out to a 15-11 lead after one quarter and led 21-17 at halftime. They extended the lead to 39-28 after three quarters as the lead wavered between eight and 16 points in the fourth.

Westwood also won the JV game, but no score was available.

Westwood 45, Manistique 35

In the girls half of the doubleheader, Kara Harrington scored 16 points and Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren added 15 for Westwood (5-10, 4-4).

“The girls responded perfectly after a bad night against Gladstone (on Thursday),” WHS coach Kurt Corcoran said. “The girls played hard and were fundamentally sound.”

The Patriots jumped out to a 17-10 lead after one quarter, extending it to 29-19 at halftime and 41-25 after three quarters.

For Manistique (4-13, 2-9), senior Kyra Lauzon scored 12 points and senior Gabby LaFayette had 10.

Westwood also won the JV game, but no score was available.

Newberry 69, RC 27

At Rogers City, the Newberry boys grabbed a 17-6 lead after one quarter before putting the game away in the third with a decisive 27-7 scoring edge.

The Indians (3-12, 2-6 Straits Area Conference) got 19 poins from senior Kyle Welty, 17 from senior Dustin Brown and 11 from Darik Marsh.

Paul Wilbert scored 13 points for Rogers City (0-13, 0-6).

North Dickinson 65,

Republic-Michigamme 30

At Felch Friday night, host North Dickinson put four players in double figures and dominated Republic-Michigamme, 65-30, in a Skyline Conference boys basketball game.

Cody Berg led the Nordics with 16 points and Matt Schultz added 14. Logan O’Neil and Tim Hruska scored 10 apiece.

“A lot of people got involved with the offense,” North Dickinson coach Chris Mattson said. “It was our best passing performance as a team by far.”

North Dickinson (4-8, 4-3) led 30-10 at halftime, holding the Hawks to just two points in the first quarter.

R-M (3-11, 0-9) got 10 points from Jonatan Lygdman.