Prep girls basketball roundup: Ishpeming holds on for win over rival Westwood

ISHPEMING – Ishpeming held off a late charge by Westwood’s pressing defense for a 63-59 high school girls basketball victory at the Hematites’ gym on Tuesday night.

IHS led by as many as 10 points during the fourth quarter, according to Hematites coach Tom Graves.

“They made a mad rush at us,” he said, “by pressuring us hard and getting some turnovers. They also got a couple of 3s from Caitlin Hewitt.”

The senior guard finished with a team-high 19 points, while junior teammate Katie Rankinen and senior Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren each had 14.

For Ishpeming (2-1 overall, 1-0 Mid-Peninsula Conference), Kaylie Engler scored a game-high 22 points and fellow junior Jessica Spencer had 20.

“Kaylie Engler came up big in the second half,” Graves said. “She hit a couple of 3s and a few jump shots.”

Spencer was 6 of 6 at the free-throw line, all the attempts coming in the second half.

Westwood (2-2, 0-1) grabbed a 7-0 lead in the early going before senior guard Morgan Skytta helped the Hematites get untracked with several 3s and pull them within 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, which turned into a 26-24 lead at halftime.

Ishpeming also won the JV game, 47-44.


Hannahville 42,

Republic-Michigamme 40

At Hannahville, the visiting Hawks were unable to hold onto their lead in the fourth quarter and remain winless this season.

“We finally put up some points,” R-M coach Matt Davidson said. “Now we need to figure out how to hold onto the lead.”

R-M led 32-26 going into the final minutes before Hannahville made its comeback.

Junior Kayla DuMoulin led the Hawks with 16 points, while teammates Elizabeth Kangas and Leslie Johnson added nine and seven points, respectively.


Brimley 55,

Newberry 53

An Newberry, Brimley outscored the host Indians 21-11 in the third quarter to erase a 28-19 halftime deficit.

The Bays’ 6-foot-3 Hana Vesela scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half, while the Indians’ Taylor Bryant started off quickly, notching six points, three steals and two assists in the first quarter. She shared game-scoring honors with Brimley’s Alyssa Graham as each had 16 points.

“Problems began in the second half when we could not get back on defense and forgot how to box out,” NHS coach Hondo Depew said, adding that his team was outrebounded 22-7.

Toni Paramski also scored 13 points for Newberry (3-3), making 7 of 8 free throws in the second half.


Superior Central 64,

Carney-Nadeau 24

At Carney, the Cougars placed four players in double digits and led 25-4 after the first quarter of the Central U.P. Conference outing.

“Their press was awesome tonight,” said Carney coach Duane Bingham. “They smacked us right in the face with it. We knew they were going to press and we worked on it in practice, but it was suffocating. We had no answer for it.”

Teslyn Tyner led the Cougars (5-0 overall, 4-0 league) with 17 points. Brooke Pasanen added 14. Vanessa Freberg hit 12 and Molly Swajanen had 10.

The Cougars, who also won the JV game, visit Mid Peninsula Friday.


Escanaba 46, Gwinn 38

Esky’s Michelle LaFave was at least double-teamed and trapped nearly all game, but still came up with 23 points to lead her team to a win over Gwinn. She also added 12 rebounds and four steals.

McKenzie Holland led Gwinn with a team high 12 points.

“They did a good job taking LaFave out of the game in the second half, but she shot real well,” said Gwinn head coach Ben Olsen. “They have a good player in the middle in LaFave and we did the best we could to hold her up.”


Munising 49,

Engadine 36

Monday in Engadine, the visiting Mustangs outscored their hosts 14-5 in the opening quarter.

“We played well the first half,” Mustangs head coach Matt Mattson said, noting his squad held a 29-20 advantage at the break. “We put some pressure on (Engadine) and got some easy buckets.”

Frankie Mattson finished with a game-high 17 points and Immel added 15 for the Mustangs (3-1). Mattson also brought down 11 rebounds.

Munising won the JV game, 52-39.