Bays girls take close one

DOLLAR BAY – Dollar Bay halted Watersmeet’s eight-game winning streak with a 35-34 non-conference victory Tuesday.

Dollar Bay’s Jamie Sertich made two free throws – her only points of the night – with 8.9 seconds left to put the Bays ahead. The Lady Nimrods weren’t in the bonus yet – they shot two free throws the whole game – and Dollar Bay took advantage, fouling Watersmeet multiple times in the final seconds.

The Lady Nimrods led after each of the first three quarters, including 28-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter went back and forth with Dollar Bay taking a five-point lead with four minutes left. Watersmeet came back and went ahead in the final minute.

The teams split the season series with each winning at home.

The Lady Nimrods were led by Michaela Burke’s 22 points. She had six of the team’s seven threes.

Julia Daavettila led Dollar Bay with 15 points. Meagan Kangas had 11.

Dollar Bay (12-5) returns to the floor Thursday vs. Lake Linden-Hubbell and can clinch sole possession of the Copper Country Conference title.

Watersmeet (9-6) hosts Chassell the same night.

Watersmeet 12 8 8 6 – 34

Dollar Bay 8 11 7 9 – 35

Watersmeet – Michaela Burke 22, Lauren Ryskey 4, Frannie Zelinski 8; FT: 1-2; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Burke 6, Ryskey 1.

Dollar Bay – Julia Daavettila 15, Carli Daavettila 5, Alyssa Hakala 2, Jamie Sertich 2, Meagan Kangas 11; FT: 8-12, Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: C. Daavettila 1.

Baraga 47,

Lake Linden-Hubbell 39

BARAGA – A strong inside-outside combination lifted Baraga to its fifth win in seven games Thursday, at home vs. Lake Linden.

The Lady Vikings (6-12, 4-5 CCC) got a career-high 19 points from Gabby Mayo.

“She’s really strong inside so we pounded it in to her,” Baraga coach Daryl Putala said.

Baraga controlled the early going, leading 15-4 after a quarter, then withstood a Lakes fightback to within 21-14 at the half before expanding the lead back into double digits in the third quarter.

Mayo and the Baraga frontcourt also did well to find shooters, helping the Vikings get five triples from four players.

“She took care of the ball well and made good decisions tonight,” Putala said.

Melissa Putala added 12 for Baraga, which completes its conference schedule Thursday at Ontonagon.

For LL-H (6-11, 3-5 CCC), Kyleigh Audette had a team-best 11 points and Erin Gast added 10. The Lakes are at Dollar Bay Thursday.

LL-Hubbell 4 10 7 18 – 39

Baraga 15 6 15 11 – 47

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Kyleigh Audette 11, Erin Gast 10, Peyton Gast 6, Julia Hendrickson 6, Sarah Audette 4, Ashley Nakkula 2; FT: 9-18; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: E. Gast 2.

Baraga – Gabby Mayo 19, Melissa Putala 12, Audrey Barrett 5, Tori Rasanen 5, Tessa Gilbertson 3, Jenna Heikkinen 3; FT: 6-12; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; Technical foul: Bench; 3-point field goals: Barrett 1, Putala 2, Rasanen 1, Gilbertson 1.