Great escapes for Calumet, Ontonagon girls Thursday

CALUMET – The Calumet girls’ basketball team escaped a bad shooting night in time to defeat West Iron County 44-39 in WestPAC play Thursday.

Calumet coach Don Hill said his team had looks from the elbow and the corners against the Wykons 3-2 zone but didn’t make many of them. He had Calumet down for 4-for-27 3-point shooting.

“On a night where we did not shoot very well and we did not rebound very well, we were able to, in crunch time, make enough plays to pull out a win,” Hill said.

WIC led by two with a minute left, but Tristan Baranowski drilled her only three of the game off a turnover to give Calumet a one-point edge and Lexie Rowe finished it at the free-throw line with the help of some turnovers collected.

Rowe led Calumet (11-5, 3-4 WestPAC) with 16 points. The Copper Kings host Ontonagon tonight.

Meg Miatech led all scorers with 20 for the Wykons.

West Iron 8 8 11 12 – 39

Calumet 8 15 8 13 – 44

West Iron County – Alexis Golfis 9, Emmy Kinner 2, Erin Angeli 8, Meg Miatech 20; FT: 2-4; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: Cassilyn Pellizzer; 3-point field goals: Golfis 1, Angeli 1, Miatech 3.

Calumet – Clara Loukus 11, Lexie Rowe 16, Tristan Baranowski 3, Nikki Polakova 2, Abby Bjorn 3, Janie Torola 5, Ellen Twardzik 4; FT: 11-16; Fouls: 7; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Loukus 1, Rowe 2, Baranowski 1, Bjorn 1.

Ontonagon 50, Baraga 47

ONTONAGON – Brooke Turin’s three inside the last 20 seconds helped Ontonagon grab a Copper Country Conference win over the hard-charging Lady Vikings Thursday.

Baraga led by six with less than two minutes left, but Hope Pintar made a three to cut the gap in half, and after two stops, Turin split two free throws to tie the game with about 30 seconds left, then made what would be the winning shot after an offensive rebound on the second shot.

“I think we might have stole this one because they controlled the tempo of the game quite a bit,” Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.

Baraga’s Gabby Mayo had 22 points to lead all scorers and was ‘awesome’ inside, Franti said.

Turin led Ontonagon with 17 points. The Gladiators (10-6, 7-2 CCC) are at Calumet tonight.

Baraga falls to 6-13, 4-6 CCC and had a three-game win streak snapped. The Lady Vikings play at Calumet Monday in their regular season finale.

Baraga 10 11 11 15 – 47

Ontonagon 10 11 13 16 – 50

Baraga – Audrey Barrett 5, Kelly Massie 2, Jenna Heikkinen 8, Melissa Putala 4, Shayla Mayo 3, Taylor Swanson 3, Gabby Mayo 22; FT: 5-6; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: G. Mayo; 3-point field goals: Heikkinen 2, Barrett 1, Swanson 1.

Ontonagon – Molly Domitrovich 4, Brooke Turin 17, Abby Domitrovich 3, Lori Wardynski 10, Bradee Pollard 5, Hope Pintar 8, Paige Blake 3; FT: 7-12; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 2, A. Domitrovich 1, Pintar 1, Blake 1.

Jeffers 40,

Ewen-Trout Creek 26

EWEN – Ewen-Trout Creek didn’t shoot well enough to stay in its non-league game with Jeffers Thursday.

“Defensively, we weren’t too horrible, but that’s the name of the game, you’ve got to put the ball in the hole and we just aren’t doing it,” said E-TC coach Jacky Besonen, who had her team down for just a 14-percent success rate from the field.

E-TC had 13 points in the second quarter to be within 20-15 at half, but the Jets controlled the third frame 14-7 to pull away.

Shelby Seppanen’s 16 led all scorers for Jeffers, which ended a four-game losing skid and is 7-12 overall. The Jets host Lake Linden-Hubbell Monday to end the regular season.

E-TC (2-15) hosts Dollar Bay Thursday.

Jeffers 7 13 14 6 – 40

Ewen-TC 2 13 7 4 – 26

Jeffers – Shelby Seppanen 16, Shania Nixon 7, Lindsey Johnson 4, Haley Makela 10, Alexa Clouthier 1, Eden Klemett 2; FT: 5-13; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: Seppanen; 3-point field goals: Seppanen 1, Nixon 2.

Ewen-Trout Creek – Taylor Niemi 14, Molly Niemi 8, Becca Warnke 4; FT: 11-12; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 1.

Watersmeet 52,

Chassell 38

WATERSMEET – The Lady Nimrods had too much offense for the visiting Panthers, putting two players in double figures and getting a third with nine points in their non-league win.

Chassell led 13-10 after a quarter, but margins of 13-5 and 17-8 in favor of the hosts put them up double digits going into the fourth.

Frannie Zelinski of Watersmeet (10-6) led all scorers with 16 points and Lauren Ryskey added 12.

For Chassell, Karli Michaels’ 12 led the way. The Panthers (5-13) are at Ontonagon Monday.

Chassell 13 5 8 12 – 38

Watersmeet 10 13 17 12 – 52

Chassell – Karli Michaels 11, Kirsten Daavettila 9, Macy Holombo 6, Julia Pietila 6, Sara Kilpela 3, Hannah Tuomi 3. FT: 5-10. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: None. 3-point field goals: Michaels 2, Tuomi 1, Daavettila 1.

Watersmeet – Michaela Burke 9, Lauren Ryskey 12, Frannie Zelinski 16, Megan Caron 6, Jessica Barajas 2, Sierra Griffin 2, Bethany Baldwin 5. FT: 5-16. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None. 3-point field goals: Burke 3, Caron 2, Zelinski 1, Baldwin 1.

Hancock 56,

Republic-Mich. 19

REPUBLIC – Three Bulldogs scored in double figures in a straightforward non-league road win.

Hancock put this one away early with a 27-7 halftime lead.

Maija Sebbas led Hancock (13-5) with 13 points. Taylor Nettell and Quincy Lorenzetti finished with 10 points apiece.

Hancock hosts Houghton on Monday night.

Hancock 14 13 11 18 – 56

Republic 2 5 8 4 – 19

Hancock – Molly Berg 4, Quincy Lorenzetti 10, Maija Sebbas 13, Carolyn Parker 2, Madisyn Wright 4, Taylor Pertile 2, Laura Berg 1, Taylor Mattson 6, Mackenzie Brunet 4, Taylor Nettell 10; FT: 6-7; Fouls: 11; 3-point field goals: none.

Republic-Michigamme – S. Dumoulin 2, Kangas 11, Kaminen 4, Pentoja 2; FT: 3-6; Fouls: 8; 3-point field goals: none.