Girls’ basketball roundup: Jets connect for eight threes in win

WATERSMEET – Many teams need a few games to sight in their outside shooting.

Not the Jeffers Jets, who knocked down eight 3-pointers Tuesday to double up Watersmeet 54-27 in both teams’ openers.

“We put in a new offense and it seemed to work and the kids adapted well,” Jets coach Joe Romano said.

The Jets got four treys from freshman Alexa Clouthier, as well as three triples (and a game-high 19 points) from senior guard Shelby Seppanen. Seppanen’s 19 breaks a career high she set Jan. 20, 2012 against Baraga.

The Jets gained initial separation by outscoring the Nimrods 13-3 in the second quarter for a 26-11 halftime lead, then kicked in late with 19 points over the final eight minutes.

“Defensively, we played very, very well. The kids are getting it,” Romano said.

Though the Nimrods hit seven threes of their own, they made just two two-point field goals for the game.

Michaela Burke led Watersmeet with nine points.

Jeffers is at Hancock Friday night.

Jeffers 13 13 9 19 – 54

Watersmeet 8 3 9 7 – 27

Jeffers – Shelby Seppanen 19, Shania Nixon 5, Eden Klemett 2, Lindsey Johnson 9, Haley Makela 7, Alexa Clouthier 12; FT: 8-14; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field: Clouthier 4, Seppanen 3, Johnson 1.

Watersmeet – Michaela Burke 9, Lauren Ryskey 8, Frannie Zelinski 6, Megan Caron 3, Sierra Griffin 1; FT: 2-4; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: F. Zelinski; 3-point field goals: Burke 3, Ryskey 2, Zelinski 1, Caron 1.

L’Anse 68, Chassell 16

L’ANSE – L’Anse picked up right where it left off Tuesday, racking up 25 first-quarter points to ice a comfortable win against Chassell.

“We definitely set the tempo of the game from start to finish,” coach Scott Lloyd said.

The Purple Hornets scored the game’s first 19 points, giving them a chance to turn down the intensity in the second half.

Madi Swanson led all scorers with 18 points, while fellow seniors Kelsey Ross and Val Rajala kicked in 12 and 10 respectively.

Karli Michaels led Chassell with seven points.

L’Anse hosts Lake Linden-Hubbell Thursday night, while Chassell is at home Friday against Republic-Michigamme.

Chassell 6 4 5 1 – 16

L’Anse 25 18 14 11 – 68

Chassell – Karli Michaels 7, Kirsten Daavettila 3, Shumete Sam 2, Macy Holombo 2, Madeline Huhta 2; FT: 3-10; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Daavettila 1.

L’Anse – Madissen Swanson 18, Kelsey Ross 12, Valerie Rajala 10, Maddie Etalamaki 9, Alyssa Norback 6, Vanessa LeClaire 4, Jackie Lister 4, Abby Marinich 2, Meghan Johnson 2, Lindsay Hulkonen 1; FT: 12-16; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ross 2, Swanson 1, Etelamaki 1.

Houghton 65, Baraga 13

BARAGA – Houghton stormed out of the gates for 2013-14 with a dominating road performance at Baraga Tuesday.

Elisa Jurmu’s 22 points led all scorers as the Gremlins built an insurmountable 45-10 halftime lead.

Houghton focused on the defensive end after the break, holding Baraga to just one field goal in the second half and completing the game without allowing the Lady Vikings to connect from behind the arc.

Kelsie Richards added 13 for Houghton and was one of four Gremlins to hit a three. Ashlyn Kero had a 10-point night, including a pair of triples. The Gremlins host Iron Mountain for their home opener Friday.

Baraga, which plays at Ewen-Trout Creek on Thursday night, was led by eight points from Melissa Putala.

Houghton 23 22 15 5 – 65

Baraga 6 4 1 2 – 13

Houghton – Noelle Polakowski 5, Ashlyn Kero 10, Michelle Laux 4, Sydney Dillinger 1, Kelsie Richards 13, Elisa Jurmu 22, Morgan Colling 2, Sloane Zenner 6; FT: 6-10; Fouls: 4; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Polakowski 1, Kero 2, Laux 1, Richards 1.

Baraga – Audrey Barrett 2, Melissa Putala 8, Shayla Mayo 2, Gabby Mayo 1; FT: 1-2; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

LL-Hubbell 66,

Rep.-Michigamme 14

REPUBLIC – Republic-Michigamme played its first high school girls varsity basketball game since 2009 on Tuesday, and the rust showed in a 66-14 home defeat at the hands of Lake Linden-Hubbell.

“We got the first game under our belt, and now our girls know what the varsity game is about,” said Hawks coach Matt Davidson, who last coached both the boys and girls programs at the school during the 2006-07 season, the final year the girls season in Michigan was played in the fall.

R-M, which played a JV schedule a year ago, couldn’t manage a point in the first quarter but scored more than half its points in the second period to trail 31-8 at halftime.

Junior guard Julianne Jarvi led the Hawks with six points, while the team’s lone senior, center Elizabeth Kangas, added four.

The Lakes got 27 points from Abby Sutherland, who scored 19 in the first half, while Sarah Audette added 16 points and Alexa Destrampe nine.

The Hawks return to action at 7 p.m. Friday at Chassell. LL-H plays Thursday in L’Anse.

LL-Hubbell 14 17 18 17- 66

Rep.-Mich. 0 8 2 4 – 14

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Kyleigh Audette 4, Erin Gast 6; Sarah Audette 16, Abby Sutherland 27, Alexa Destrampe 9, Julia Hendrickson 2, Ashley Nakkula 2; FT: 8-15; 3-point field goals: none.

Republic-Michigamme – Jarvi 6, Sara Dumoulin 3, Kangas 4, K. Dumoulin 1; FT: 4-10; 3-point field goals: none.