Prep girls basketball roundup: Ishpeming girls hold off Escanaba in double overtime
ISHPEMING – Junior forward Jessica Spencer hit a free throw with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift Ishpeming to a 62-61 double-overtime victory over Escanaba in high school girls basketball action on Thursday.
The Eskymos scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to turn a 36-23 deficit after three quarters into a 50-50 tie at the end of regulation.
Esky held the lead throughout the second OT only to have Ishpeming senior Gabby Croley hit a putback of her own missed shot in the final 30 seconds to knot the score 61-61 and set up the last-second heroics by Spencer, who actually made 1 of 2 on that trip to the line.
“We got very nonchalant when we built the big lead,” Hematites coach Tom Graves said. “They knocked some 3s down and we made some silly passes in the fourth quarter.
“In the second overtime, we put some pressure on them and forced a couple of turnovers toward the end to get back in it.
“It’s important that we go into the Christmas break with a 3-1 record instead of 2-2.”
Spencer led Ishpeming with 20 points, making 7 of 10 at the line, while junior Kaylie Engler added 16 points and Croley 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Michelle LaFave of Escanaba (2-3) scored a game-high 21 points, all of them coming in the second half and the OTs, while pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. Teammate Sydney Gafner added 11 points and Lynsey Collins 10.
Ishpeming also won the JV game, 41-27.
At Marquette, the Redettes overcame a 24-12 first-quarter deficit in Great Northern Conference play.
Marquette (7-0, 2-0) outscored the Flivvers 19-2 in the second quarter to grab a 31-26 lead at halftime. The Redettes were never headed the rest of the way.
Hunter Viitala sparked MSHS with 24 points, making 8 of 14 shots from the field, including a pair of triples. She also recorded five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Teammate Maddie Connon added 11 points and nine rebounds. while Lizzie Kurin contributed 11 boards.
Maria Wiltzius paced Kingsford (3-3, 0-1) with 16 points as Courtney Qualley scored 13 and Amber Larson 11.
Marquette won the JV game, 71-26.
At Westwood, the Patriots held off a late Manistique rally for a Mid-Peninsula Conference win.
Ahead 24-10 at halftime, the Emeralds rallied to pull within eight points in the final quarter. But the Patriots regained the momentum with 80 percent success from the free throw line.
“The girls were much more disciplined this week,” WHS coach Kurt Corcoran said. “We almost doubled our rebounds from last week and focused on the fundamentals.”
Senior Caitlin Hewitt paced Westwood (2-3, 1-2) with 19 points. Senior Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren had six steals.
Breanna Bosanic led Manistique (2-3, 1-2) with eight points.
Westwood won the JV game, 31-24.