Hornets stop Wykons; revenge for Glads

L’ANSE – L’Anse held West Iron County without a three-pointer and won by three points Monday, defeating the Wykons 55-52 in WestPAC girls’ basketball.

L’Anse’s smaller line-up held its own against the Wykons, starting with guards Madi Swanson and Kelsey Ross, who put in 19 and 17 points, respectively.

On the other end, L’Anse took away the impact of West Iron’s bigs by making it a full-court game.

“Even though they’re small, we worked hard. We pressured the ball all night,” L’Anse coach Scott Lloyd said.

The Purple Hornets (11-5, 3-3 WestPAC) led by just one at halftime but started pushing away little by little in the second half, going up by as many as seven before holding on for the ‘W.’

Kylee Erickson led West Iron with 14 points.

L’Anse, which won the JV game, will try to push its league record over .500 with a home game against Hancock Thursday.

West Iron12 11 15 14 – 52

L’Anse9 15 15 16 – 55

West Iron County – Kylee Erickson 14, Emily Christensen 13, Alexis Golfis 10, Megan Miatech 8, Sierra Rasmussen 5, Brittany Berry 2; FT: 18-31; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: Miatech; 3-point field goals: none.

L’Anse – Madi Swanson 19, Kelsey Ross 17, Valerie Rajala 7, Kelly Larson 5, Jackie Lister 2, Abby Marinich 2, Kayla LaBerge 2, Alyssa Norback 1; FT: 9-13; Fouls: 21; Fouled out: Rajala; 3-point field goals: Ross 3, Swanson 1.

Ontonagon 36,

Ewen-Trout Creek 25

ONTONAGON – A strong offensive game from Brilynn Pollard and excellent all-around defense pushed Ontonagon to a win over its county rivals.

The season series ends as a near-exact split, as E-TC won the teams’ first meeting 37-25 on Jan. 11 in Ewen.

“It was nice to return the favor,” Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.

The biggest difference on the defensive end was how Ontonagon, normally a zone team, tried a little man-to-man and found it a good fit.

“We’re not normally a man-to-man team, but when we played Ewen in Ewen, they spread us out and were able to get buckets on a regular basis,” Franti said.

Not so Monday, as Ontonagon held E-TC to 10 first half points, then expanded its edge from 19-10 to an insurmountable 34-16 after three quarters.

Pollard finished with a career-high 16 points. Her previous high was 14 at Jeffers Jan. 4.

“She was driving the baseline, getting the short jumpers when she got around her girl,” Franti said.

Ontonagon (11-3) also got 10 points from Chelsea Truscott. The Gladiators won the JV game.

For E-TC (8-6), Brittany Suomumaki was high scorer with eight.

The Panthers have a home make-up game with Dollar Bay Wednesday, while Ontonagon returns to action at Houghton Thursday.

Ewen-TC6 4 6 9 – 25

Ontonagon12 7 15 2 – 36

Ewen-Trout Creek – Sam Robl 5, Rebekah Driesenga 2, Molly Niemi 2, Brittany Suomumaki 8, Zoey McGeshick 6, Becca Warnke 2; FT: 2-7; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Robl 1.

Ontonagon – Brooke Turin 3, Brilynn Pollard 16, Bobbi Ross 5, Chelsea Truscott 10, Lori Wardynski 2; FT: 3-8; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 1.

Hancock 52, Dollar Bay 29

HANCOCK – Hancock forced 28 turnovers and allowed Dollar Bay to take just 28 shots and rolled to a non-league victory.

Coach Jack Johnson said his Bulldogs reaped the benefits of quality defensive pressure.

“I thought we played extremely hard defensively, came out aggressive, which led to some easy offensive opportunities for us,” he said.

Hancock was up 24-11 by halftime and put the result away with a 17-6 edge in the third quarter.

Taylor Pertile and Quincy Lorenzetti scored 11 points apiece for the winners on an all-around solid offensive night in which the Bulldogs shot 40 percent (18-for-45) from the field.

“I thought we shot the ball and it’s something that we needed,” Johnson said.

Hancock (5-10), which won the JV game, is at L’Anse Thursday.

Dollar Bay got 13 points from Julia Daavettila and 12 from Meagan Kangas. The Bays (3-10) play a make-up at Ewen-Trout Creek Wednesday.

Dollar Bay5 6 6 12 – 29

Hancock10 14 17 11 – 52

Dollar Bay – Julia Daavettila 13, Meagan Kangas 12, Carli Daavettila 4; FT: 7-15; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: C. Daavettila; 3-point field goals: none.

Hancock – Taylor Mattson 7, Lily Williams 9, Molly Berg 3, Taylor Pertile 11, Quincy Lorenzetti 11, Mackenzie Brunet 2, Emme Rowe 2, Madisyn Wright 5, Laura Berg 2; FT: 11-18; Fouls: 20; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Pertile 3, Williams 1, Lorenzetti 1.

Watersmeet 39, Jeffers 21

WATERSMEET – Jeffers got ice cold offensively, as Watersmeet scored all 11 points in the first quarter and went on to a non-league victory.

The Nimrods, who got two starters back from injury, held Jeffers to just five points in the first three quarters while building a 21-point edge.

Watersmeet (5-9) plays at Ewen-Trout Creek Thursday in the first of two games to decide the Porcupine Mountain Conference title, while Jeffers (3-14) is at Chassell next Monday.

The Nimrods’ Frannie Zelinski led all scorers with nine points.

The Jets got five points apiece from Kelsey Heinonen, Stephanie Fraki and Haley Makela.

Jeffers0 4 1 16 – 21

Watersmeet11 10 5 13 – 39

Jeffers – Kelsey Heinonen 5, Haley Makela 5, Stephanie Fraki 5, Abbie Rajala 2, Shelby Seppanen 3, Gabby Kyllonen 1. FTs: 2-8. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Franki 1, Seppanen 1, Heinonen 1.

Watersmeet – Michaela Burke 8, Frannie Zelinski 9, Lauren Ryskey 6, Jazzmyn McGeshick 4, Jessica Barajas 4, Tilly Caron 8. FTs: 4-5. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Burke 2, Caron 1.