Prep girls basketball roundup: Lauren, Olsen power Gwinn past Norway, 42-32

GWINN – Tori Lauren scored 12 points and Ellie Olsen 11 to power the Gwinn High School girls basketball team to a 42-32 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over visiting Norway on Thursday night.

Shelby Talsma added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds for Gwinn (8-9 overall, 5-4 M-PC).

“Our post players (Lauren and Talsma) came through tonight,” GHS coach Ben Olsen said. “They combined for 21 points, while Lauren had five blocks and Talsma three.

“They were very disruptive.”

Jordan Kraemer and Rachel Conery scored nine points each for the Knights (6-12, 3-7).

Norway won the JV game, 51-31.

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Superior Central 58,

Munising 26

At Eben, the much-anticipated Alger County showdown between two of the Upper Peninsula’s top Class D teams never materialized.

The Cougars improved to 15-2 overall and 12-0 to all but end the race in the Central U.P. Conference, while the Mustangs slipped to 12-5 and 7-2.

“This was Munising’s third game this week, and I think our girls were up for it tonight,” SC coach Greg Trowbridge. “I challenged them after we didn’t play very well last week.”

Senior Vanessa Freberg recorded game highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Cougars, who led 32-10 at halftime. Three more seniors also broke into double figures with Brooke Pasanen scoring 14 points, Brianna Emard 10 and Teslyn Tyner with 11 to go along with four assists and four steals. SC blistered the nets, making 61 percent of its shots on 23-of-38 shooting.

Senior Megan Watson and freshman Marissa Immel each had five points for Munising, which won the JV game 47-37.

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St. Ignace 68,

Newberry 32

At Newberry, Kelley Wright sank three 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Saints raced to a 21-6 lead entering the second period.

“Wright was awesome tonight, as were the Saints,” Indians coach Hondo Depew said.

Wright finished with five triples and 24 points, the only player to break into double figures in scoring. St. Ignace (14-2 overall, 7-0 Straits Area Conference) also got nine points from Abbey Ostman. Newberry (10-6, 3-3) was paced by Bridget Stoetzer and Taylor Bryant with nine points apiece.

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Hancock 56,

Republic-Michigamme 19

At Republic Thursday night, the host Hawks managed just seven first-half points.

Elizabeth Kangas led R-M (1-12) with 11 points.

Maija Sabbas (13) and Quincy Lorenzetti (12) combined for 24 points for the Bulldogs (13-5).