Girls’ hoops: No. 1 Redettes end Gremlin win streak

MARQUETTE – After an initial stumble, the No. 1 girls’ basketball team in the U.P. held serve on its home court Monday as Marquette defeated Houghton 60-54.

The Gremlins jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the early going, but the undefeated Redettes counterattacked and led 20-19 at the half.

Houghton coach Julie Filpus said foul trouble to forward Kelsie Richards impacted her team’s ability to make plays in the frontcourt.

“We really struggled when Kelsie went down, they did a very good job of double- and triple-teaming (Elisa) Jurmu and we’ve got to get some scoring from the perimeter to ease the pressure for her,” she said.

Marquette, on the strength of a balanced scoring effort with four players in double figures, grew its lead to the low teens in the second half before the Gremlins fought back to within four late.

Sydney Dillinger led Houghton (14-2), which had a 12-game win streak snapped, with 18 points. Jurmu finished with 13 and Noelle Polakowski 12.

Hunter Viitala of MSHS led all scorers with 20 points.

“Some of their girls, at very key times, posted up and made a strong move and scored,” Filpus said.

The teams meet again in Houghton on Feb. 13.

Houghton is back in action Thursday at Ontonagon.

Houghton 13 6 15 20 — 54

Marquette 5 15 23 17 — 60

Houghton — Noelle Polakowski 12, Ashlyn Kero 3, Sydney Dillinger 18, Kelsie Richards 6, Elisa Jurmu 13, Morgan Colling 2; FT: 3-6; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Dillinger 2, Kero 1, Jurmu 1, Polakowski 1.

Marquette — Hunter Viitala 20, Shayla Huebner 2, Destiny Beckwith 12, Elizabeth Kurian 10, KIrsten Iwanski 5, Madeline Connon 11; FT: 10-17; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Viitala 1, Beckwith 2, Iwanski 1.

Ontonagon 47,

Ewen-Trout Creek 29

EWEN – An aggressive effort from Brooke Turin and Lori Wardynski helped Ontonagon gain a season sweep of county rivals E-TC Monday.

Turin finished with 23 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Wardynski added 15 for the Gladiators, now 8-5 overall. The two combined to take all 16 of Ontonagon’s free-throw attempts.

“Brooke and Lori both had almost the exact some games they had against us in Ontonagon,” E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said.

“They drove to the basket hard, made our help defense step in, drew fouls, and hit the open shots they had, especially Brooke.”

When they met in Ontonagon Jan. 10, Turin had 23 points and Wardynski 13.

E-TC (2-12) remained in contact through the first half, but the Gladiators turned a 22-16 halftime lead into an insurmountable 37-24 advantage after three.

Molly Niemi led the Panthers with 13 points.

“We didn’t have horrible turnovers. We were able to get good shots, but we did not shoot well,” Besonen said.

Ontonagon 15 7 15 10 — 47

Ewen-TC 5 11 8 5 — 29

Ontonagon — Molly Domitrovich 2, Brooke Turin 23, Abby Domitrovich 3, Lori Wardynski 15, Bradee Pollard 2, Hope Pintar 2; FT: 13-16; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 1, A. Domitrovich 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek — Emily Driesenga 4, Taylor Niemi 7, Molly Niemi 13, Skylar Anderson 2, Becca Warnke 3; FT: 4-10; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 1.

Hancock 52,

Dollar Bay 43

DOLLAR BAY – A career night from Taylor Pertile helped the Bulldogs stay in front of the Bays Monday.

Pertile smashed her previous best, scoring 22 points and making four threes.

The Bulldogs, who have won eight of their last nine since DB won their first meeting of the season 50-35 on Jan. 10, held their hosts to just two points in the second quarter for a 26-13 halftime lead.

Dollar Bay fought back, scoring 22 points in the third quarter to close within 37-35 with eight minutes to go, but Hancock outscored DB 15-6 down the stretch to win it.

Quincy Lorenzetti pitched in 10 points for the 11-3 Bulldogs, who host L’Anse Thursday.

For Dollar Bay (10-5), Jamie Sertich had a team-high 13 points and Julia Daavettila added 11. DB hosts Chassell Thursday and can clinch a share of the Copper Country Conference title with a win.

Hancock 13 13 11 15 — 52

Dollar Bay 11 2 22 6 — 43

Hancock — Molly Berg 2, Quincy Lorenzetti 10, Maija Sebbas 8, Madisyn Wright 1, Taylor Pertile 22, Taylor Mattson 4, Mackenzie Brunet 5; FT: 11-21; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Lorenzetti 2, Pertile 4.

Dollar Bay — Victoria Cichosz 3, Julia Daavettila 11, Carli Daavettila 8, Ciarra Shelp 1, Jamie Sertich 13, Meagan Kangas 7; FT: 10-19; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: J. Daavettila, Kangas; 3-point field goals: Cichosz 1, J. Daavettila 1, C. Daavettila 2, Sertich 1.

Forest Park 82,

Baraga 45

CRYSTAL FALLS – Forest Park breezed to a 50-16 halftime lead and defeated Baraga 82-45 in non-conference girls basketball at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium Monday.

Lexi Gussert scored 22 of her 29 points in the first half. The senior also tallied 14 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals.

Sierra Robarge chipped in 10 points for the unbeaten Lady Trojans.

“Sierra is a nice player and runs the floor well,” Forest Park coach Jeff Syrjanen noted.

With Maria Stankewicz injured, Kelsi Hendrickson and Abby Nylund filled in for the sophomore point guard.

“Both Kelsi and Abby stepped in with Maria out and did an excellent job,” Syrjanen said.

Baraga got 12 points from Tessa Gilbertson. The 3-13 Lady Vikings are at Lake Linden-Hubbell Thursday.

Baraga 9 7 5 24 – 45

Forest Park 23 27 20 12 – 82

Baraga – Audrey Barrett 8, Jenna Heikkinen 8, Melissa Putala 5, Shayla Mayo 4, Gabby Mayo 8, Tessa Gilbertson 12. FT: 4-4. F: 10; 3-point field goals: None.

Forest Park — Gussert 29, Robarge 10, Campbell 7, Bradley 7, Bawyn 6, Hendrickson 6, S. Nylund 4, Isaacson 4, A. Nylund 4, Grandahl 2, Roose 3. FT: 10-16. F: 5; 3-point field goals: Gussert 3, Campbell 1, Hendrickson 2.

Watersmeet 43,

Jeffers 41

PAINESDALE – Lauren Ryskey drew a late foul and made the decisive free throws inside the last 10 seconds as Watersmeet edged Jeffers in a non-league game Monday.

The defeat, which drops the Jets to 6-10 on the year, came despite another ridiculous rebounding performance from Haley Makela, who had 21 boards in addition to her 10 points. Alexa Clouthier also scored 10 but coach Joe Romano said Jeffers’ offense was still out of sync too often.

“We have to fix this problem with the offense,” he said.

On the defensive end, Makela and the Jets completely closed off the interior, but fell victim to a hot-shooting (53 percent) Lady Nimrods outfit that made 10 triples, including four from leading scorer Michaela Burke (16 points).

“We took the inside right away from them … so they tossed it around the outside and lived by the three,” Romano said.

Jeffers returns to conference play Friday night at Ontonagon.

Watersmeet 7 14 10 12 — 43

Jeffers 12 7 9 13 — 41

Watersmeet –Michaela Burke 16, Lauren Ryskey 12, Frannie Zelinski 3, Megan Caron 6, Jessica Barajas 6; FT: 7-13; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: Zelinski; 3-point field goals: Burke 4, Ryskey 2, Caron 2, Barajas 2.

Jeffers — Shelby Seppanen 7, Alexa Clouthier 10, Lindsey Johnson 6, Haley Makela 10, Shania Nixon 8; FT: 4-7; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Clouthier 2, Nixon 1.

Calumet 62,

Lake Linden-Hubbell 14

CALUMET – The Copper Kings wore out their undermanned neighbors, holding them to just eight points in the last 24 minutes.

“We put a lot of presure on their guards and were able to wear them down. They played a pretty inspired first quarter, but we were able to wear on them,” Calumet coach Don Hill said.

The Lakes were within 10-6 after a quarter, but Calumet broke out of a 4-for-21 first-quarter slump and got off and running in the second, taking a 29-11 advantage into the half, then pitching a shutout in the third frame. The Kings controlled rebounding by a 58-25 margin.

Lexie Rowe led the scoring effort with 15 points. Clara Loukus added 10 and three others had at least seven.

Peyton Gast led the Lakes with six points. LL-H was without starters Abby Sutherland (knee) and Alexa Destrampe (shin splints) due to injury.

Calumet (9-3) hosts Northland Pines, Wis., tonight. LL-H plays at home Thursday vs. Baraga.

LL-Hubbell 6 5 0 3 — 14

Calumet 10 19 25 8 — 62

Lake Linden-Hubbell — Erin Gast 3, Sarah Audette 5, Peyton Gast 6; FT: 1-6; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Audette 1.

Calumet — Clara Loukus 10, Lexie Rowe 15, Tristan Baranowski 7, Terilynne Budreau 6, Katie Djerf 2, Nikki Polakova 5, Abby Bjorn 2, Janie Torola 7, Ellen Twardzik 8; FT: 4-14; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

L’Anse 69,

West Iron County 48

IRON RIVER – The Purple Hornets used a 22-10 second quarter to take control of this WestPAC road game.

“We were making turnovers in the half court, and they were getting some good open looks off of fast breaks,” Wykons coach Joe Serbentas said. “They shot really well in the second quarter too.”

L’Anse, with three players in double figures, nailed three of its five triples in the second frame.

Valerie Rajala led with 15 points, Vanessa LeClaire added 12 more, and Madi Swanson scored 11 for the Purple Hornets.

Serbentas said there were opportunities for his Wykons to cut the deficit, but to no avail.

“We had opportunities at the line, but just didn’t hit them,” he said.

West Iron County got as close as nine points in the third quarter before L’Anse put the game away with an 11-1 run. L’Anse (12-2) hosts Negaunee tonight.

Alexis Golfis and Meg Miatech each scored 12 points for West Iron County.

L’Anse13 22 15 18 – 68

West Iron 11 10 10 17 – 48

L’Anse – Valerie Rajala 15, Vanessa LeClaire 12, Madi Swanson 11, Abbey Hendrickson 8, Kelsey Ross 7, Maddie Etelamaki 5, Meghan Johnson 4, Alyssa Norback 2, Lindsay Hulkonen 2, Abby Marinich 2. FT: 7-16. F: 17; 3-point field goals: LeClaire 2, Etelamaki 1, Swanson 1, Ross 1.

West Iron County – Alexis Golfis 12, Meg Miatech 12, Cassilyn Pellizzer 8, Kinner 7, Lizzi Pellizzer 6, Angeli 2, Sydnie Mazurek 1. FT: 11-20. F: 14; 3-point field goals: Golfis 1.

Chassell 54, Republic-Michigamme 24

REPUBLIC – The host Hawks were outscored 24-2 in the second quarter en route to a 54-24 non-conference girls basketball loss to Chassell.

Kayla DuMoulin led R-M (0-9) with 12 points.

For Chassell (4-11), Karli Michaels tossed in nine points. Teammates Kirsten Daavettila, Sara Kilpela and Julia Pietila added eight apiece.

Chassell is at Dollar Bay Thursday night.

Chassell 6 24 7 16 – 54

Republic 10 2 4 8 – 24

Chassell – Karli Michaels 9, Jaycie Monticello 4, Kirsten Daavettila 8, Sara Kilpela 8, Macy Holombo 5, Maddie Huhta 6, Julia Pietila 8, Bernadita Neira 6. FT: 4-9; 3-point field goals: Michaels 2, Daavettila 2, Kilpela 1, Holombo 1, Pietila 2.

Republic-Michigamme – Jarvi 2, S. DuMoulin 4, Kangas 4, K. DuMoulin 12, Pantoja 2; FT: 0-1; 3-point field goals: none.