Calumet girls crush Esky

ESCANABA – The third-ranked Calumet girls got plenty of production from all nine of their basketball players Thursday night as they handed the Escanaba Eskymos a 54-25 loss.

Everybody scored for the Copper Kings, who improved to 12-2 with the non-conference victory.

“That’s our game plan, to have everyone contribute,” said Calumet coach Don Hill. “We roll nine players in all the time. We want to make our opponents work for everything from start to finish and hope our depth is better than theirs.”

Calumet, employing a tight man-to-man defense, led 9-4 after the first quarter and 22-11 at halftime.

“The first quarter has been a rough one for us,” said Hill. “We need to start scoring earlier than we’ve been. Although, when you hold a Class B school to 25 points, that’s a pretty good effort. Our help and half-court defense is getting better.”

The Copper Kings began to gain some separation in the second stanza, taking a 19-7 advantage on a 20-foot jump shot by freshman Clara Loukus.

The Copper Kings continued to extend their advantage in the third stanza, outscoring Esky 16-5 in the period.

Senior Terra Erkkila got Calumet started in the third with a running jumper from the lane for a 24-11 advantage just 33 seconds into the period.

“They (Calumet) beat us in all phases of the game,” said Esky coach Kelly O’Connell. “They’re an up and coming team and they play nice defense.”

Calumet, comprised mainly of underclassmen, was led by sophomore Lexie Rowe with 11 points.