Kings rally to beat Glads, Lakes top Lady Vikings

ONTONAGON – Calumet notched a come-from-behind victory and handed Ontonagon its first defeat in non-conference girls’ basketball Tuesday, winning 42-36.

“We were in good position until midway through the third quarter. Once we had to make some adjustments due to foul trouble, we seemed to lose all momentum and all focus. Things just went very awry and we couldn’t get it back,” Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.

The Gladiators held the Copper Kings to four first-quarter points and had a six-point halftime lead. Calumet made up for it down the stretch with a 13-5 margin in the fourth quarter.

“They went inside on us to a great degree in the second half, especially in fourth quarter and tore us apart that way,” Franti said.

Lexie Rowe led Calumet (7-1) with 14 points. The Copper Kings, who won the JV game, host Baraga Friday.

Brooke Turin was leading scorer for Ontonagon (5-1) with 16 points. Chelsea Truscott added 11.

“For two-and-a-half quarters, we did what we need to do against a good team. Problem is you have to do it for four quarters. Two-and-a-half’s not going to get the job done,” Franti said.

Ontonagon is at Ewen-Trout Creek Friday.

Calumet 4 12 13 13 – 42

Ontonagon11 11 9 5 – 36

Calumet – Terra Erkkila 2, Meghan Westcott 2, Lexie Rowe 14, Kristy Lasanen 5, Tristan Baranowski 4, Clara Loukus 5, Terilynne Budreau 7, Katie Djerf 1, Abby Bjorn 2; FT: 13-25; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: Erkkila; 3-point field goals: Loukus 1.

Ontonagon – Brooke Turin 16, Brilynn Pollard 5, Bobbi Ross 2, Chelsea Truscott 11, Bradee Pollard 2; FT: 8-13; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: Ross; 3-point field goals: Brilynn Pollard 1, Truscott 1.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 57, Baraga 52

LAKE LINDEN – Balanced scoring and better free-throw shooting made the difference for the Lakes in a tight Copper Country Conference contest.

LL-H coach Timm Gast noted that after a lopsided defeat at Houghton Friday, his girls refocused and played much better as a team. The better cohesion showed in the scorebook, where LL-H had three scorers in double figures, led by Brittni Kisul’s 15, and a fourth with eight points.

“We attacked the basket and we never stopped, and that was getting us very good looks, either dump passes to Brittni for baskets or shots that were close to the basket,” he said.

Baraga jumped ahead 6-0 after a pair of Jenna Heikkinen threes, two of her five and Baraga’s total of eight, but the Lakes had a 30-25 halftime lead and added another strong quarter in the third to be up 12 after three. Baraga rallied to within four with a 19-point fourth quarter, but the Lakes made six of eight free throws in the fourth. Meanwhile, Baraga made just two of 11 attempts from the line for the game.

Heikkinen finished with 15 and Taryn Nurmela added 10 for the Lady Vikings, who fall to 4-4, 1-2 in CCC play, ahead of a non-league game at Calumet Friday. Baraga won the JV game.

Sarah Audette added 14 points and Brooke Corrigan 12 for LL-H (3-4, 1-1). The Lakes are at L’Anse Friday.

Baraga 14 11 8 19 – 52

LL-Hubbell 13 17 15 12 – 57

Baraga – Taryn Nurmela 10, Brittany Nieskes 7, Jenna Heikkinen 15, Rebecca Larson 9, Shannon Fish 6, Gabby Mayo 2, Katie Schjoth 3; FT: 2-11; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Nieskes 1, Heikkinen 5, Larson 1, Schjoth 1.

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Erin Gast 4, Sarah Audette 14, Abby Sutherland 8, Brooke Corrigan 12, Brittni Kisul 15, Morgan Gast 2, Kayla Goodell 2; FT: 9-12; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Audette 1, Corrigan 1.

L’Anse 54, Hancock 46

HANCOCK – A young Bulldog squad gave the U.P.’s No. 5 team a run for its money, but point guard Madi Swanson was just too much Tuesday.

Swanson had 29 of L’Anse’s 54 points as the Purple Hornets escaped a second straight upset loss in Hancock with an eight-point edge.

“We’re very content in the way we played effort-wise, but when you’re that close with a good team, you’d like to finish it,” Hancock coach Jack Johnson said.

The Bulldogs held L’Anse to just four first-quarter points and were within two at halftime. After a L’Anse run, Hancock was back within three halfway through the final quarter, but Swanson pulled her team out of trouble.

The junior was 4-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line for 11 fourth-quarter points.

“When it came down to the last minutes of the game, Swanson just took over,” Johnson said.

Kayla LaBerge added 13 for L’Anse (7-1, 2-0 WestPAC), which won the JV game and hosts Lake Linden-Hubbell Friday.

Molly Berg hit three triples and scored a season-high 17 points for Hancock (2-5, 0-2 WestPAC), which is at West Iron County Thursday night for the first of four road games in nine days.

L’Anse 4 19 18 13 – 54

Hancock 6 15 13 12 – 46

L’Anse – Kelly Larson 1, Madi Swanson 29, Allison Koskinen 2, Alyssa Norback 2, Kelley Ross 7, Kayla LaBerge 13; FT: 12-16; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Swanson 2, Ross 1, LaBerge 1.

Hancock – Mackenzie Brunet 2, Molly Berg 17, Kirsten Berg 8, Taylor Pertile 4, Laura Berg 1, Quincy Lorenzetti 3, Madisyn Wright 2, Taylor Mattson 9; FT: 2-8; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: M. Berg 3, Lorenzetti 1.

Houghton 73, Jeffers 22

HOUGHTON – An 18-2 edge in the first quarter provided more than enough cushion for Houghton to ride to its fifth straight win Tuesday.

The 22 points allowed was a season low for the 7-1 Gremlins and their fourth game of less than 30 this year.

“I thought our defensive intensity was difficult for Jeffers to handle,” Houghton coach Julie Filpus said.

On the offensive end, Houghton got 21 points and 13 rebounds from Elisa Jurmu. Kelsie Richards and Ashley Laux kicked in 12 and 10, respectively.

For Jeffers, Abbie Rajala’s six led the way. The Jets (0-8) host Hancock Friday.

Houghton, which won the JV game, is at Westwood Friday night.

Jeffers 2 8 11 1 – 22

Houghton 18 17 10 28 – 73

Jeffers – Haley Makela 5, Abbie Rajala 6, Shelby Seppanen 5, Maria Halonen 3, Kelsey Heinonen 3; FT: 1-4; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Rajala 2, Seppanen 1, Halonen 1, Heinonen 1.

Houghton – Noelle Polakowski 6, Alexa Johnson 2, Natalie Datto 6, Ashley Laux 10, Blaire Zenner 5, Kelsie Richards 12, Elisa Jurmu 21, Sydney Dillinger 7, Jada Riutta 4; FT: 7-10; Fouls: 5; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Richards 1, Dillinger 1.