ISHPEMING - Placing three players in double figures scoring-wise, the Ishpeming High School girls basketball posted a 54-41 Mid-Peninsula Conference triumph over host Westwood Tuesday night.
Kaylie Engler notched 12 points, and teammates Jessica Spencer and Alesha O'Brien added 11 apiece for coach Mark Dellangelo's Hematites (2-2 overall, 2-0 M-PC).
For Westwood (1-3, 0-1), Alexis Forchini netted 15 points and hauled down nine rebounds. Caitlin Hewitt chipped in 11 points for the Patriots.
Ishpeming’s Jessica Spencer drives past Westwood’s Alexis Forchini during the third quarter at Westwood High School on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
"The first three minutes of the second half, I took the press off to be more conservative," Westwood first-year head coach Kurt Corcoran said of the Hematites' 12-5 edge in the third quarter.
"My girls need to press to maintain their intensity. We didn't recover after that.
"Ishpeming went to a 2-3 zone after they took the lead and that frustrated us," he added. "We couldn't put the ball in the hole."
Escanaba 46, Gwinn 39
At Gwinn Tuesday night, the host Modeltowners dropped a non-conference decision.
Ellie Olsen tossed in 13 points for Gwinn (1-4), which trailed 21-16 at the half.
Michelle LaFave poured in 22 points and snared 12 rebounds for the Eskymos (2-2). Teammate Codi Jenshak added 13 points.
"LaFave had a nice game, but we didn't help by not doing the little things that win games," Gwinn head coach Ben Olsen said.
"Once we get those things fixed, we'll be OK."
L'Anse 55, Negaunee 46
Negaunee was hit by a one-two L'Anse punch Tuesday night in a non-conference loss to the host Hornets.
Kelsey Ross pumped in 21 points and Madi Swanson added 19 for L'Anse (5-0).
The Miners (3-1) countered with 14 points from Taylor Wilber and nine from Rosalie Anderson in a losing cause. Anderson added a team-high 10 rebounds.
"It was a good battle and what we expected," NHS head coach Brandon Sager said, adding the score was 21-21 at the half.
"We just shot poorly and had a couple of mental lapses."
L'Anse won the junior varsity game, 53-46.
Superior Central 63,
Outscoring Carney-Nadeau 20-4 in the second quarter, Superior Central went on to dump the visiting Wolves in Central U.P. league action Tuesday night.
"We went to a zone defense and a different press in the second quarter," SC head coach Greg Trowbridge said. "It seemed to give (the Wolves) trouble.
"Brooke Pasanen got some big offensive rebounds for us and hit 7 of 10 free throws in the first half. And Teslyn Tyner scored 10 points for us in the second quarter."
Vanessa Freberg led the Cougars (4-0 overall, 3-0 CUP) with 16 points. Tyner and Kelsey Coleman added 15 apiece and Pasanen chipped in 12.
The Wolves won the JV game, 38-34.
Sheena Sowa poured in a game-high 26 points to spark the Munising to a non-conference victory over visiting Engadine Tuesday night.
Megan McLaren added 15 points and a team-high eight boards for Munising (3-0).
"Sowa shot well. She scored 19 points in the first half," Munising head coach Matt Mattson said.
"Engadine made six 3-point shots in the first quarter, then we buckled down on defense and they got only two more the rest of the game."
Munising won the JV contest, 38-24.
Chassell 45, Baraga 38
CHASSELL - Jamie Dompier's 25 points and 10 rebounds made a major difference as Chassell won in Copper Country Conference play Tuesday.
Brittany Nieskes led Baraga with 10 points, while Jenna Heikkinen nine.