L’Anse girls blast out of gate against rivals

L’ANSE – L’Anse blitzed its rivals with 30 first-quarter points and cruised from there, taking the first chapter of its Keweenaw Bay rivalry 68-42 over Baraga.

“We just played fullcourt man to man defense and capitalized on steals and transition game and we started out really hot. That’s how we like to play, up the pressure and play fullcourt defense,” L’Anse coach Scott Lloyd said.

The Purple Hornets (4-0) turned their pressure into points, but also came out firing from outside as well.

Kelsey Ross had nine of 12 in the first quarter, while Madi Swanson had eight and Abby Hendrickson six to give the hosts a 30-3 lead after eight minutes.

“Our perimeter shooting is coming around. From 15- to 18-foot, we were very consistent and shooting a high percentage,” Lloyd said.

Swanson finished with 23 points to lead all scorers. Valerie Rajala added 10 for L’Anse, which is off for the Christmas break until a Jan. 7 home date vs. Hancock.

For Baraga, Jenna Heikkinen hit three triples and finished with a team-best 17 points.

The Lady Vikings fall to 1-4 and are idle until a Jan. 3 trip to Watersmeet.

Baraga3 13 12 14 – 42

L’Anse30 15 9 14 – 68

Baraga – Jenna Heikkinen 17, Melissa Putala 9, Audrey Barrett 7, Gabby Mayo 4, Tessa Gilbertson 3, Tori Rasanen 2; FT: 6-12; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Heikkinen 3, Barrett 1.

L’Anse – Madi Swanson 23, Kelsey Ross 12, Valerie Rajala 10, Abby Hendrickson 8, Alyssa Norback 6, Maddie Etelamaki 4, Jackie Lister 4, Meghan Johnson 1; FT: 9-14; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Swanson 3, Ross 1.

Houghton 65,

West Iron County 46

HOUGHTON – The Gremlins held a physical West Iron team at arm’s length Friday to even their WestPAC record at 1-1.

“Our fast break allowed us to get some separation. We really struggled on the glass against West Iron,” Houghton coach Julie Filpus said.

The Gremlins established a lead early, going up 17-8, but the Wykons hung around until a 20-point fourth quarter put the game away for Houghton. A big part of that challenge was Wykon senior forward Meg Miatech, who led her team with 16 points.

“If you relax for a bit and she gains position, she’s pretty tough to stop,” Filpus said.

The night after scoring a career-high 35 points at Gwinn, Elisa Jurmu picked up where she left off, scoring a game-high 27 points.

“Ashlyn (Kero, who had five steals) did a good job pushing the ball, finding Elisa and finding other scorers,” Filpus said.

Sydney Dillinger added 10 points, 10 boards and six assists for the Gremlins (4-1, 1-1 WestPAC), who host Gladstone Dec. 28.

West Iron 8 13 13 12 – 46

Houghton 17 14 14 20 – 65

West Iron County – Alexis Golfis 8, Lizzi Pellizzer 2, Kiki Piwarski 1, Erin Angeli 10, Monica Eagloski 1, Cassilyn Pellizzer 4, Sydnie Mazurek 2, Meg Miatech 16, Brittanie Barry 2; FT: 10-16; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: C. Pellizzer; 3-point field goals: none.

Houghton – Rachel Chard 2, Ashlyn Kero 9, Michelle Laux 4, Sydney Dillinger 10, Kelsie Richards 9, Elisa Jurmu 27, Tawna Ryynanen 2, Anna Humes 2; FT: 19-25; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Jurmu 1, Richards 1.

Ontonagon 55,

Dollar Bay 48

ONTONAGON – Another big night from senior guard Brooke Turin made a major difference in counteracting the long-range shooting of the visiting Bays.

DB made six treys to the hosts’ none, but Turin’s career-high 32 points made that irrelevant.

“Brooke was hot. She really carried the load tonight, and thankfully, because we didn’t give her as much help,” Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.

Turin, who had 11 of Ontonagon’s 15 first-quarter points and 19 of its 33 in the first half, was effective driving to the basket and working in tandem with sophomore Lori Wardynski, who finished with 13.

On the other end, DB managed to hold its own despite Julia Daavettila’s sitting out a large chunk of the second half in foul trouble, and it wasn’t until midway through the fourth quarter that the hosts had a cushion, outscoring the Bays 14-8 in the fourth quarter and not allowing the visitors to make a three.

Daavettila led DB (2-2, 2-1 CCC) with 23 points. The Bays are off until a Jan. 3 game at Hancock.

Ontonagon (4-0, 3-0) plays Monday in Chassell.

Dollar Bay 14 13 13 8 – 48

Ontonagon 15 18 8 14 – 55

Dollar Bay – Julia Daavettila 23, Carli Daavettila 5, Alyssa Hakala 2, Jamie Sertich 10, Meagan Kangas 8; FT: 8-12; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: C. Daavetila; 3-point field goals: J. Daavettila 3, C. Daavettila 1, Sertich 1, Kangas 1.

Ontonagon – Molly Domitrovich 2, Brooke Turin 32, Lori Wardynski 13, Bradee Pollard 2, Hope Pintar 4, Rebecca Karttunen 2; FT: 3-7; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.