Negaunee, Marquette use big 2nd halves to get wins
NEGAUNEE – Negaunee clinched a share of the Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball title with a 57-46 comeback victory over Gwinn on Tuesday night.
The Modeltowners used an 18-11 second quarter to pull ahead 27-25 at halftime.
“Gwinn was penetrating inside in the second quarter and they shot a lot of layups,” Miners coach Brandon Sager said. “We looked a little tired then, but the girls buckled down and played good defense and executed our (offensive) plays after halftime.”
The Miners (13-3, 9-1 M-PC) grabbed a 39-36 lead after three quarters and kept building their advantage in the final period.
Negaunee junior Rosalie Anderson and Gwinn senior Morgan Bruce shared scoring honors with 14 points apiece, while senior Kayla Hakala scored 10 points for the Miners. Senior teammate Ashley Veale added seven points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals.
For Gwinn (6-10, 4-5), Bruce also pulled in nine rebounds while junior Shelby Talsma scored nine points.
The Modeltowners won the JV game, 56-43.
Marquette 70, Soo 29
At Sault Ste. Marie, the visiting Redettes (14-3) apparently weren’t looking ahead to a rematch against No. 1 Houghton later this week as they had an assist on nearly every one of their buckets.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever had a team get 22 assists out of 25 baskets,” MSHS coach Ben Smith said. “Some we got off turnovers and some came in our offensive zone when we made the plays when they were there.”
Senior Liana Storm had a team-high seven assists to go with just two points. Sophomore teammate Hunter Viitala led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while senior Courtney LaFreniere added 12 points and five assists and senior Lydia Kurin had five points and four assists.
Ann Dietenhurst paced the Soo (10-6) with eight points as Marquette turned a 39-20 halftime lead into a complete rout with a 27-6 advantage in the third quarter.
The Redettes also won the JV game, 68-27.
WIC 47, Westwood 40
At Ishpeming, the Patriots (6-11) lost despite getting 14 points from Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren and 13 from Katie Rankinen.
“It was a back-and-forth game,” Westwood coach Kurt Corcoran said. “We were down by just four points with three minutes to go, but we couldn’t get the easy buckets to fall.
“We had all the opportunities in the world, but couldn’t cash in.”
Emilie Christensen led the Wykons (9-8) with 21 points. Teammate Megan Miatech chipped in 13.
Munising 43, RR 36
At Munising, the Mustangs sank 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off their Central U.P. rivals.
Sheena Sowa scored nine points and hauled in 15 rebounds to pace the Mustangs (9-9, 4-6).
“We played real good defense for three quarters, only allowing 17 points,” Munising coach Mark Mattson said. “Then we got lazy in the fourth and they scored 10 from the line.
“We didn’t shoot well from the outside … but in the fourth quarter, we made our free throws.”
The Rockets (0-15, 0-12) got 12 points from Savannah Stenlund.
Munising won the junior varsity contest, 34-21.