Prep girls basketball roundup: Swanson leads L’Anse past Negaunee

L’ANSE – Madi Swanson hit at least one basket in every quarter and scored a game-high 18 points to help L’Anse get past Negaunee 50-36 in a high school girls basketball game played Tuesday.

The Purple Hornets (13-2) avenged one of their losses this season, a 50-49 victory by the Miners (8-6) in Negaunee on Jan. 14.

“We just couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” NHS coach Brandon Sager said about his team making just 13 of 51 from the field (25.5 percent). “(L’Anse) shot a lot of layups, not because of our defense, but because they kept attacking the basket.”

The Hornets led just 8-6 after one quarter, but opened it up to a 28-18 lead by halftime. Negaunee pulled back within 36-28 at the end of the third quarter before L’Anse had another solid run in the fourth.

Kelsey Ross added 11 points for the Hornets, while Rosalie Anderson scored 12 points and pulled in six rebounds for the Miners.

Negaunee won the JV game, 39-33.


Westwood 49,

Iron Mountain 31

At Iron Mountain, Westwood couldn’t shake the Mountaineers in the first half as it took a 3-pointer estimated at 30 feet by Katie Rankinen at the buzzer to put the Patriots on top, 17-15, at halftime.

But Westwood (8-5 overall, 6-1 Mid-Peninsula Conference) doubled up the scoring on IM (1-10, 0-6) in each of the final two quarters, 14-7 in the third and 18-9 in the fourth, to win its sixth straight.

“We finally woke up in the second half after we started playing our uptempo game,” WHS coach Kurt Corcoran said. “We were sloppy and lackadaisical in the first half. They caught us off guard, because it was a classic case of taking them too lightly.”

Westwood’s Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren scored 13 of her game-high 14 points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter, and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

Teammate Caitlin Hewitt added 10 points, while Alena Herman paced IM with 12 points.

The Mountaineers won the JV game, 38-27.


Munising 43,

Engadine 24

At Munising, Mustangs coach Matt Mattson was pleased that his team only gave up eight points in the second half.

“Starting in the third quarter, we played much better, especially on defense,” he said after his squad led just 23-16 at halftime.

The teams combined to take 120 shots from the field, but only made 27, though the 10-3 Mustangs shot twice as well as Engadine, 31 to 15 percent.

Munising’s Frankie Mattson recorded game highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while fellow freshman Marissa Immel scored nine points.

Kassie Metcalf paced Engadine (3-9) with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Mustangs also won the JV game, 52-34.


Newberry 62,

Pickford 40

In a makeup game played in Newberry, Indians freshman Taylor Bryant recorded team highs of 16 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Teammate Bridget Stoetzer scored 12 points and Emily Charbonneau 10 as Newberry improved to 8-5.

“The real key was our team defense,” NHS coach Hondo Depew said. “Taylor Bryant was a game changer with the 10 points she scored in the first quarter and her defense on their big girl, Alicia Portice.”

Portice finished with eight points after she hurt Newberry the first time the teams played and the Panthers won. This time, Kelsey Rambo led Pickford (6-6) with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Indians jumped out to a 35-16 halftime lead and cruised from there.

The Panthers won the JV game, 45-39.