Prep girls basketball roundup: Ross leads L’Anse’s fourth-quarter surge to beat Ishpeming

ISHPEMING – Senior Kelsey Ross scored 12 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as L’Anse broke open a close game and held on in the end for a 58-56 victory over Ishpeming at the Hematites’ gym on Monday night.

The Purple Hornets improved to 6-0 after being announced today as the No. 4 Class ABC team in the Upper Peninsula, while Ishpeming slipped to 6-2.

L’Anse led 24-19 at halftime, but the home team chipped back to pull within 41-38 by the end of the third quarter.

Then the Hornets built a lead up to eight points before Ishpeming came back.

“We went 0 of 5 on various layups at the beginning of the game, and that put us in an early hole,” IHS coach Tom Graves said. “L’Anse wanted to play a fast-paced game, and we were in there challenging them.

“We dug ourselves that little hole in the fourth, but then we started attacking the basket and putting a lot of pressure on them, getting some turnovers and layups.”

After L’Anse missed a pair of free throws in the waning seconds that could’ve iced the game, Hematites sophomore Jessica Penhale had the ball stripped away on a shot with 0.7 of a second left to thwart one last opportunity, Graves said.

Hornets sophomore Abbey Hendrickson scored 13 points while senior Madi Swanson added 10.

For Ishpeming, junior Jessica Spencer led the way with 21 points and junior teammate Kaylie Engler added 10.

The Hematites won the JV game, 68-65.


Westwood 56,

Iron Mountain 25

At Ishpeming, the home Patriots’ pressing defense wreaked all kinds of havoc on Iron Mountain early on as they raced to a 20-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and 35-7 at halftime.

“We’ve been working on the press all year, and tonight, it seemed like the girls were in the right place at the right time,” Westwood coach Kurt Corcoran said.

Eleven players scored for the Patriots, now 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, led by senior Caitlin Hewitt with 12 points and four assists.

Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren only had four points, but she added team highs of eight rebounds and five steals.

Vita Hill paced IM (1-6, 0-4) with nine points.

The Mountaineers won the JV game, 46-29.