Gremlins get best of Patriots

ISHPEMING – Houghton hit Westwood early for a 33-14 halftime lead and rolled to a non-conference win at Westwood Friday, 56-30.

“We started the game and we just had good ball movement against their zone, we found the open player and we knocked down our shots early,” Houghton coach Julie Filpus said. “I was really happy with how our players set the tone.”

The Gremlins (8-1) got a season-best 15 points from Kelsie Richards.

“I was very pleased with Kelsie Richards and her decision to look to score. Defensively, she had four steals and six rebounds. I think she had one of her better games as a varsity player,” Filpus said.

All this was in addition to Elisa Jurmu’s third 26-point game in her last four outings, which included 13-of-17 shooting from the free-throw line. The Gremlins went 20-for-26 from the charity stripe as a team.

Katie Rankinen led the Patriots, who won the JV and freshman games, with 14 points.

Houghton, which got 10 rebounds from Blaire Zenner, hosts Calumet Tuesday in a key WestPAC showdown.

Houghton 15 18 6 17 – 56

Westwood 6 8 10 6 – 30

Houghton – Noelle Polakowski 2, Alexa Johnson 2, Natalie Datto 4, Blaire Zenner 3, Kelsie Richards 15, Elisa Jurmu 26, Sydney Dillinger 2, Jada Riutta 2; FT: 20-26; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Datto 1, Richards 2, Jurmu 1.

Westwood – Katie Rankinen 14, Alexis Forchini 4, Taryn Moyle 8, Elizabeth Dauphinais 2, Amber Salo 2; FT: 5-13; Fouls: 21; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Rankinen 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek 37,

Ontonagon 25

EWEN – Ewen-Trout Creek defended its home court from its county rivals, holding Ontonagon to just nine first-half points.

“I thought they played really great defense. They made it difficult for Ontonagon to get easy shots off,” E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said of her team, now 6-3 and on a four-game winning streak.

Particularly effective for the Panthers defensively was Rebekah Driesenga. Just a night after chasing speedy Chassell point guard Jamie Dompier around, Dreisenga drew Ontonagon second-leading scorer Brooke Turin and held her to five points.

On the offensive end, Samantha Robl’s pair of treys and 11 points led an offensive by committee.

“There wasn’t anybody that scored a lot, but when we needed it, we hda some people step up and hit a bucket here and there to keep us ahead,” Besonen said.

Robl also had five steals for E-TC, which is at West Iron County Monday night.

Bobbi Ross’s seven points led Ontonagon (5-2), which won the JV game and hosts Hancock Tuesday.

Ontonagon 8 1 8 8 – 25

Ewen-TC 9 11 9 8 – 37

Ontonagon – Chloe Ashley 1, Brooke Turin 5, Brilynn Pollard 4, Bobbi Ross 7, Chelsea Truscott 6, Bradee Pollard 2; FT: 7-14; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 1, Truscott 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek – Samantha Robl 11, Rebekah Driesenga 1, Taylor Niemi 9, Molly Niemi 4, Brittany Suomumaki 5, Zoey McGeshick 5, Becca Warnke 2; FT: 8-12; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Robl 2, Niemi 1.

Calumet 34, Baraga 32

CALUMET – The Copper Kings made their second great escape of the week, avoiding an upset at the hands of Baraga by limiting the Lady Vikings to four fourth-quarter points.

“For the second game in a row, we had one good quarter and were able to sneak out a win,” Calumet coach Don Hill said.

The Copper Kings, ranked in a tie for third among U.P. teams above Class D, trailed 28-24 entering the fourth quarter, but pulled even in the final frame and after a period of trading baskets, fended off a final Baraga rally. The Lady Vikings inbounded with a chance to tie or win with seven seconds to go, but after a deflected pass, Baraga had just a second left and could not get a shot.

“With some full-court man pressure, I think we were able to make them uncomfortable and they weren’t able to get many good looks in the fourth quarter,” Hill said.

Lexie Rowe led all scorers with 15 points for the Copper Kings, now 8-1 going into a WestPAC game at Houghton Tuesday.

Jenna Heikkinen hit three triples and scored 12 for Baraga (4-5). The Lady Vikings host Jeffers next Friday.

Calumet won the JV game.

Baraga 6 10 12 4 – 32

Calumet 11 6 7 10 – 34

Baraga – Taryn Nurmela 1, Brittany Nieskes 1, Jenna Heikkinen 12, Rebecca Larson 3, Shannon Fish 4, Gabby Mayo 4, Tori Rasanen 2, Jackie Wadaga 5; FT: 8-15; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Heikkinen 3, Larson 1.

Calumet – Lexie Rowe 15, Kristy Lasanen 3, Terilynne Budreau 5, Katie Djerf 9, Abby Bjorn 2; FT: 1-6; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Djerf 3, Rowe 1, Lasanen 1.

Hancock 49, Jeffers 33

PAINESDALE – A 16-4 third-quarter advantage and 17 points from Molly Berg pushed the Bulldogs to their third win of the season.

Jeffers held a narrow 16-15 lead at halftime, but the Bulldogs’ strong third quarter turned the tide decisively.

“Hancock came out hard in the second half. They definitely started hitting shots. They were getting great runs on us,” Jets coach Kathleen Storm said.

On the other end, Jeffers had good ball movement in the first half, but it went away in the second half until it was too late to mount a comeback.

Berg’s 17 points matched a career high set Tuesday against L’Anse and included five three-pointers.

“I definitely just appreciate watching Hancock. They have the Berg sisters who, honestly, are little machines out there,” Storm said.

Shelby Seppanen scored 12 to lead Jeffers (0-10), which hosts Chassell Tuesday.

Hancock (3-6), which won the JV game, is at Ontonagon Tuesday.

Hancock 5 10 16 18 – 49

Jeffers 3 13 4 13 – 33

Hancock – Molly Berg 17, Quincy Lorenzetti 8, Mackenzie Brunet 4, Kirsten Berg 5, Madisyn Wright 2, Taylor Pertile 4, Taylor Mattson 9; FT: 3-11; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: M. Berg 5, Lorenzetti 1.

Jeffers – Haley Makela 4, Stephanie Fraki 4, Abby Rajala 3, Shelby Seppanen 12, Kelsey Heinonen 5, Kayla Destrampe 3; FT: 7-14; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Rajala 1, Seppanen 1.