Late surge lifts Gwinn to?M-PC victory

NORWAY – Gwinn, ignited by a 10-0 run that started late in the third quarter, opened up what was a tight ballgame and held off host Norway, 45-35, in girls Mid-Peninsula Conference prep basketball Thursday evening.

Ellie Olsen led the Modeltowners (7-10 overall, 5-5 in M-PC) with 13 points. Jordyn Hutchens scored 11, including six during the decisive push which extended into the early minutes of the fourth quarter.

“It’s running the offense and taking care of the basketball,” Gwinn head coach and Iron Mountain High School graduate Ben Olsen said. “We were making layups, which has been a problem all year. When we make layups, we can be a good team.”

Shelby Talsma added eight points for GHS.

“She had some good looks and she was making them,” Olsen said.

Bailey Grayvold and Heather Evosevich led Norway with 10 points each.

The game went back and forth for the first 2 1/2 quarters, with neither team leading by more than four points.

Leah Mattson and Evosevich put in layups early in the third quarter for Norway ( (9-7, 6-5), but the Knights only got five free throws from Grayvold the rest of the way.

“We had some looks,” Norway head coach Carli Kelly said. “Our shooting was just awful. We’re not looking to pass, not knowing what do when they pressure us on the back side.”

Morgan Bruce, who led Gwinn with 12 rebounds, put her team ahead for good with a layup to start the 10-0 run and break a 31-31 tie.

“It turned into a rough, physical game,” Ben Olsen said. “And when that happens to us, we tend to buckle.

“If anything, this gave us some confidence that we can handle some pressure and win games where it turns physical.

“I’m proud that our girls stuck it out and held on for the win.”