Prep girls basketball roundup: Westwood falls at Norway, loses advantage in M-PC

NORWAY – Freshman Jordan Kraemer scored five points in the final two minutes to snap a 43-43 deadlock and Norway stunned league-leading Westwood 48-43 in Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Ishpeming’s 12-point victory over Manistique, creates a three-way tie at the top of the M-PC with one game to go for the leaders – 9-2 Westwood, Ishpeming and Negaunee.

On Thursday night, Ishpeming is at Negaunee while Westwood hosts Gwinn.

On Tuesday, the Patriots (12-7 overall) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to create a tie.

Kraemer led the Knights with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Elizabeth Dauphinais-Van Buren netted 19 points and Caitlin Hewitt had 11 for the Patriots, who made just 5 of 24 free throws.

“Westwood tries to put pressure on you so we practiced a lot there,” Knights coach Carli Kelly said. “It took a while to gel, but we’re becoming a team.”

Norway, fueled by a 10-2 run, owned a 19-7 lead after the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, a basket by Logan Devine put Norway up 29-18 until Hewitt hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Early in the third, Rachel Conery nailed a triple to increase Norway’s lead to 32-22. But Westwood chipped away to 39-35 at the start of the fourth.

Midway through the final quarter, Van Buren notched three consecutive baskets to tie the game at 41. When the game was knotted at 43, Kraemer took over from there.

“Hats off to all of them,” Kelly said of her much improved Knights.

Norway pulled down 43 rebounds, with 14 from Ashley Zanon. The Knights had 16 turnovers.

Ishpeming 62, Manistique 50

At Ishpeming, the Hematites (14-5) recovered from a flat first half by starting the third quarter with a 17-0 run.

“Our bench came in and really gave us a lift in the second half,” Ishpeming coach Tom Graves said. “Their energy was just contagious.”

Senior Gabby Croley led the Hematites with 12 points, while junior teammates Jessica Spencer and Kaylie Engler added 10 apiece. Croley also pulled down 10 of the Hematites’ 40 rebounds.

Senior Leah Cook scored a team-high 14 points for Manistique (2-10, 3-16), with sophomore Allie Nagy adding 10.

The Emeralds struggled to maintain possession of the ball, committing 28 turnovers to 14 for IHS.

Ishpeming won the JV game, 52-41.

Gwinn 49,

Iron Mountain 36

At Iron Mountain, the Mountaineers were unable to counter Gwinn’s strong start and its depth.

“It was one of our best overall games,” said coach Ben Olsen of Gwinn, which improved to 6-5 in the M-PC and 9-10 overall. “It was a very good team effort all around.”

Gwinn built a 14-point lead over Iron Mountain at halftime, extending it to 42-18 by the end of the third quarter.

While the Mountaineers had an 18-point fourth quarter, the late scoring burst was not enough to close the gap.

Junior Jordyn Hutchens led Gwinn with 14 points, while sophomore Tori Lauren had 10.

Lauren also led the Modeltowners in rebounds with five.

For IM (1-11, 2-17), senior Elli McCole scored 18 points, while junior Marti Pirkola had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Mountaineers won the JV game, 48-15.