Spencer leads Hematites over Purple Hornets

ISHPEMING – Ishpeming sophomore forward Jessica Spencer poured in 19 points and nabbed seven rebounds to lead the Hematites in a tight 40-39 nonconference girls basketball victory over L’Anse at Ishpeming High School on Monday.

“Jessica Spencer came out and played well for us as an offensive weapon,” IHS head coach Mark Dellangelo said.

“We made just enough plays down the stretch. With districts two weeks away, this was a good win for us.”

The Hematites, who improved to 11-6 overall, jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and 22-12 lead at halftime, but the Purple Hornets fought back to make it a close game in the second half.

Sophomore forward Kaylie Engler put up eight points for Ishpeming while senior center Taylor Croley had seven of her team’s 40 rebounds.

Westwood 43,

Norway 28

At Westwood High School, the Patriots survived a scoreless second quarter because by blowing out the Knights in the opening quarter.

Westwood took a 20-6 lead on Norway after the first quarter, but led by only five at halftime.

The Patriots were able to go back up by double digits three minutes into the third quarter, and led comfortably 34-18 heading into the fourth quarter.

“Norway’s zone gave us troubles in the second quarter” WHS coach Kurt Corcoran said. “I was worried the momentum had swung in Norway’s direction, but we responded in the first three minutes of the second half and put the defensive clamps down.”

Sophomore Katie Rankinen led Westwood with 16 points while Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.