Glads girls dump Red Devils, 58-35

By JASON JUNO

The Daily Globe, Ironwood

IRONWOOD – Ontonagon upended Ironwood 58-35 in what was scheduled to be the second-to-last game of the regular season for both teams.

Today’s major snowstorm may make it the last for Ontonagon, which is to host Republic-Michigamme tonight.

“We did some good things,” Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said. “We were a little bit sloppy and I don’t think we shot a good percentage. I thought in the first half, the press was relatively effective and I thought our passing was halfway decent. I don’t know if we’re polished and ready, but if that’s it, that’s it.”

Both teams battled early injuries.

Ironwood’s Jessica Gering went down with an ankle injury seconds into the game. Ontonagon’s Lori Wardynski went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter that wasn’t as serious as it looked. She came back to score 15 points.

“At first, I thought, ‘Oh boy, just what we need come tournaments,'” Franti said. “She rebounded well.”

Gering has been battling the ankle injury. She eventually returned and led Ironwood with 17 points. Emily DiGiorgio also had to leave when she took a hit and had a nose bleed. It all helped throw Ironwood off, Ironwood coach Noel Aho said.

“Of course (Gering’s) a competitor,” Aho said. “She’s going to give it her all and get in there when she can. I think that threw everything off sync. Defensively people were out of position where they’re not used to playing. Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going.”

Brooke Turin led Ontonagon (12-7) with 18 points.

“I don’t think Brooke had one of her better shooting nights,” Franti said. “But she ran the offense pretty well.”

Ironwood debated playing a box-and-one focused on her but opted not to.

“Would that have made a difference? I don’t know,” Aho said. “For not being that tall, she knows how to attack the basket and get those quick fast breaks.”

Franti said Molly Domitrovich shot well in the second half after being hesitant after missing a couple in the first half.

“I thought some kids came off the bench and did all right, too,” he said.

DiGiorgio had 14 points.

“She’s a good player,” Franti said. “And Gering came on the weak side on us. If we didn’t have a tall enough girl, she’d hurt us, too. They’re both pretty good players.”

The Devils (9-10) finish their three games in three days stretch at Hurley tonight.

“That’ll definitely be tough, three in a row,” Aho said. “They always try hard. They don’t quit. They don’t hang their heads. They play until the last second whether they’re winning, losing by 3 or by 20.”