Spencer, Croley lead Ishpeming girls basketball comeback while Gwinn boys prevails in two overtimes
MANISTIQUE – Sophomore Jessica Spencer and junior Gabby Croley helped Ishpeming overcome a slow start to defeat Manistique, 55-43, on Saturday afternoon in high school girls basketball.
The Emeralds jumped out to a 10-5 lead after one quarter before Spencer, who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Croley, who had 14 points, caught fire.
“We came out a little slow for the second game this week,” Hematites coach Mark Dellangelo said. “We were getting good looks but not converting.
“Then Jessica and Gabby just put us on their backs and got us going.”
Ishpeming finished the regular season 14-6 overall and finished second in the Mid-Peninsula Conference at 9-3 after winning their fourth straight and for the 10th time in 12 games.
The Hematites turned the early deficit into a 21-14 halftime lead and held off Manistique (7-13, 2-10) in the second half.
Sophomore Maggie Morrison led the Emeralds with 13 points, while senior teammate Gabby Lafayette added 12.
Ishpeming also won the JV game, but no score was available.
Gwinn 88, Superior
Central 84 (2OT)
At Eben on Friday, the Gwinn boys forced overtime on a shot by senior Derek Reetz with two seconds left in regulation, then took the lead for good in the final minute of the second overtime on a rare 3-pointer by junior Owen DeVooght.
“I hate to even pinpoint any of my players, there were so many crucial plays in this game,” Modeltowners coach Darren Sinnaeve said.
“Gwinn didn’t make the critical mistakes and that’s why they prevailed,” SC coach Herb Jenkins said.
The Cougars (11-6) led after each of the first three quarters – 15-10, 29-25 and 49-47 – while the game was tied 68-68 after regulation and 78-78 at the end of the first OT.
SC junior Nick Maki scored the final points of the first OT to force another period on a traditional three-point play, hitting a floater, getting fouled and making the subsequent free throw.
Each team had several key players foul out and miss all or most of the second OT – Reetz and junior Justin Nyquist for Gwinn (14-5) and seniors Trevor Maki and Tyler Kienitz for SC.
Reetz, Nyquist and Cougars senior Matt Verbrigghe shared scoring honors with 20 points apiece, while DeVooght had 17. Gwinn sophomore Justin Beauchamp scored 15 points, all coming after halftime.
Verbrigghe also pulled down 11 rebounds, while senior teammate Dan Steward had 14 points, Nick Maki 13 points and senior Bryce Richard 12 points.
At Republic on Saturday, Hawks’ 6-foot-6 center Jonatan Lygdman scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked six shots, but it wasn’t enough to stop all a long-range shooting barrage by the Skyline Conference leaders.
The Wolves’ Wade Schetter led the downtown display with 31 points, including four 3-pointers, while teammate Jason DuPont had 10 points and two triples.
“Carney can bomb them from outside, they’ve got a lot of good 3-point shooters,” said coach Bill Radcliffe of R-M (4-14, 0-12 Skyline Conference).
He tried to move his defense to the perimeter while leaving Lygdman to guard the basket, which allowed him to accumulate blocks.
C-N (14-3, 11-2) led 20-10 after one quarter and 30-20 at halftime before opening things up in the second half.