L’Anse girls one win from share of WestPAC

L’ANSE – L’Anse will play for a share of the WestPAC girls’ basketball title Friday after winning its penultimate league game, 65-40 over West Iron County Monday.

The Hornets scored 20 points in the first quarter, giving them enough cushion to get through what coach Scott Lloyd called a bad shooting night.

“We spaced the floor well and took advantage of a lot of easy shots, but then again, we missed a lot of easy shots,” Lloyd said, estimating his team left 20 points on the table in the first half.

West Iron County made it a two-possession game early in the fourth quarter, but the Hornets responded with more than 10 unanswered points to put the game away, tripping the Wykons by shifting into a zone defense.

“We had longer sustained runs in the game than they did, and I think that’s what broke their back,” Lloyd said.

Kelsey Ross made four threes to lead all scorers with 20 points. Madi Swanson added 13 for the Hornets (16-3, 6-1 WestPAC) who can tie for the league title with Houghton if they get a home win Friday night over Calumet.

Meg Miatech led the Wykons with 14 points.

West Iron 9 9 15 7 — 40

L’Anse 20 8 12 25 — 65

West Iron County — Meg Miatech 14, Alexis Golfis 11, Cassilyn Pellizzer 4, Emmy Kinner 4, Lizzi Pellizzer 2, Kiki Piwarski 2, Monica Eagloski 2, Erin Angeli 1; FT: 8-18; Fouls: 6; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Golfis 2, Miatech 2.

L’Anse — Kelsey Ross 20, Madi Swanson 13, Valerie Rajala 6, Alyssa Norback 5, Abbey Hendrickson 4, Lindsey Hulkonen 4, Maddie Etelamaki 4, Jackie Lister 4, Vanessa LeClaire 2, Abby Marinich 2, Meghan Johnson 1; FT: 6-8; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ross 4, Swanson 1.

Calumet 70, Baraga 37

CALUMET – Calumet came out firing Monday, making six first-half treys in a non-league win over Baraga.

Clara Loukus led the initial barrage, drilling three triples in the first quarter as Calumet took a 19-6 lead. Lexie Rowe had two more and Nikki Polakova one as the Kings were up 43-14 at the half.

“We shot the three real well in the first half, which we haven’t always done against the zone,” Calumet coach Don Hill said.

In addition, Calumet got a successful performance inside from Janie Torola, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

“She’s been playing more and more confident every time she gets a part of the action, so it’s nice to see her come along,” Hill said.

Rowe led all scorers with 18 points. Loukus added 14.

The game, Calumet’s home finale, was part of the 2014 Valentine’s Massa-Cure Benefit for Cancer Care. Calumet (13-5) plays at Lake Linden-Hubbell Thursday night.

Baraga, which got a team-best 13 points from Gabby Mayo, completed its regular season with a 6-14 record. The Lady Vikings play Dollar Bay next Monday in the first round of the Class D district tournament at Chassell.

Baraga 6 8 12 11 – 37

Calumet 19 24 7 20 – 70

Baraga – Audrey Barrett 5, Jenna Heikkinen 5, Shayla Mayo 4, Gabby Mayo 13, Tori Rasanen 2, Tessa Gilbertson 8; FT: 14-22; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Heikkinen 1, Gilbertson 2.

Calumet – Clara Loukus 14, Lexie Rowe 18, Katie Djerf 5, Nikki Polakova 5, Abby Bjorn 6, Janie Torola 15, Ellen Twardzik 7; FT: 6-14; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Loukus 4, Rowe 3, Polakova 1.

Jeffers 49,

Lake Linden-Hubbell 38

PAINESDALE – With their floor general playing her last game on the home floor, the Jeffers Jets showed they’ll be in good hands down the road Monday in a home defeat of Lake Linden-Hubbell.

Jeffers coach Joe Romano said his time ran the offense efficiently and gave a good effort in honor of senior point guard Shelby Seppanen.

“I think the kids put in everything in that she left a winner,” Romano said.

“The energy we put in was fantastic. I was very pleased. Defensively and offensively, we ran everything.”

Jeffers held the Lakes to just 10 first-half points and were up 18 at the break. Though six Lakes treys helped them avoid a rout, the Jets put up 17 points in the fourth quarter to get into the win column.

Haley Makela had 11 points and 18 boards, leading the Jets in both categories. Shania Nixon also had 11 points, while Seppanen had seven.

Jeffers finishes .500 in the CCC at 5-5 and 8-12 overall. The Jets will play LL-H again in a week’s time in the first round of the Class D district tournament at Chassell.

LL-H got a game-high 19 points from Erin Gast, including four treys. Sarah Audette added 13. The Lakes (6-13, 4-6 CCC) host Calumet in their regular season finale Thursday.

LL-Hubbell 4 6 14 14 — 38

Jeffers 11 17 4 17 — 49

Lake Linden-Hubbell — Kyleigh Audette 2, Erin Gast 19, Sarah Audette 13, Carli Ongie 2, Peyton Gast 2; FT: 8-15; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: E. Gast 4, S. Audette 2.

Jeffers — Shelby Seppanen 7, Julia Nordstrom 7, Shania Nixon 11, Lindsey Johnson 4, Haley Makela 11, Alexa Clouthier 9; FT: 7-11; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Nordstrom 1, Nixon 1.

Dollar Bay 67,

Republic-Michigamme 18

DOLLAR BAY – The Bays made their last home game of 2013-14 one to remember in a non-league romp over Republic-Michigamme.

Julia Daavettila scored a career-high 29 points as the Bays led 36-9 at the half and didn’t look back.

Carli Daavettila added 17 for the winners, while Jamie Sertich had 13.

DB (14-5) has one more regular season game to go, Thursday at Ewen-Trout Creek.

Republic 6 3 7 2 – 18

Dollar Bay 15 23 14 15 – 67

Republic – J. Jarvi 1, S. DuMoulin 2, Kamminen 2, Kangas 2, K. DuMoulin 2, Pantoja 5; FT: 3-7; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Pantoja 1.

Dollar Bay – Victoria Cichosz 3, Xena Cortez 2, Julia Daavettila 29, Carli Daavettila 17, Alyssa Hakala 3, Jamie Sertich 13; FT: 8-16; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: J. Daavettila 2, C. Daavettila 5, Hakala 1, Sertich 1.