Defensive-minded Michigan girls win

IRONWOOD – Four area girls scored at least seven points apiece and were led by Westwood coach Kurt Corcoran to help Northern Michigan overpower Northern Wisconsin 87-68 in the inaugural game of the Kiwanis Classic Border Bash All-Star Game in a steamy Lindquist Center at Gogebic Community College on Tuesday night.

“This was a great experience for the girls,” Corcoran said. “It was a lot of fun and I told the girls this could be the last time they might play or be the start of college basketball for them.”

From Marquette and Baraga counties, they included Corcoran’s former players Kaitlin Hewitt and Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren in addition to L’Anse’s Madi Swanson and Valerie Rajala.

Swanson tossed in a top-of-the-key 3-pointer, then drove the baseline to give her team an early lead.

Hewitt buried a 3 from the left wing to give Northern Michigan a 15-8 lead with 17:15 remaining.

The game went back and forth for a bit, with Northern Wisconsin going up 21-19 but Michigan answering and eventually take a 50-32 lead at halftime.

Every Michigan player scored with Daavettila leading the way with 15 points. Hewitt added 13, Dauphinais-Van Buren chipped in with nine points, and Swanson and Rajala had seven apiece.