E-TC girls bounced by Wakefield-Marenisco

WAKEFIELD – Ewen-Trout Creek’s girls’ basketball season ended at the hands of district host Wakefield-Marenisco Monday, with the Cardinals scoring a 48-35 victory.

Scoring was a big issue for the Panthers, who fell behind by nine points after a quarter. Though they scrambled back to 19-18 at the half after Taylor Niemi’s bucket at the buzzer, they went back behind early in the second half and stayed there.

“It comes down to scoring and making open shots,” E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. “They played zone (defense) and you have to move the ball around to get a good shot. But we haven’t shot or scored well all year. It was nice to see our two seniors (Taylor Niemi, Becca Warnke) end up getting double-doubles in their last games. As I told the girls in the locker room after the game, next year we will still be very young and a lot of girls need to play a lot of basketball.”

Taylor Niemi led E-TC (2-18) with 14 points. Warnke added 11.

Lauren Grace paced the Cardinals with 16 points despite foul trouble. W-M hosts Bessemer in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Ewen-TC 6 12 6 11 – 35

Wakefield 15 4 13 16 – 48

Ewen-Trout Creek – Molly Niemi 8, Taylor Niemi 14, Becca Warnke 11, Emily Driesenga 2; FT: 5-9; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 2.

Wakefield-Marenisco – Miranda Sibley 4, Darienne Korpi 8, Lauren Grace 16, Hailee Yon 8, Heather Hemming 4, Kassidee Yon 6, Rachel Obradovich 2; FT: 10-20; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.