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2nd quarter hurts Westwood girls at Houghton

January 25, 2012
By Ogden Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MUNISING - Outscoring Ishpeming 39-24 in the first half, the Munising High School boys basketball team posted a 60-38 victory in Munising Tuesday night.

Kenya Oas poured in 26 points and Gage Webster added 15 - on five 3-point buckets - as the Upper Peninsula's No. 1-ranked Class D Mustangs of head coach Dan Waterman improved to 10-0 on the season.

"We played very well, especially early on." Waterman said. "We had some good offense and shot the ball well.

"Kenya was his usual steady self and Gage hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter."

Joey Lyle and Alex Briones both scored 14 points and hauled down four rebounds for Ishpeming (6-5).

"Briones scored his points in the first half and none in the second," Waterman said. "I give credit to (Munising's) Andrew Kelto for that. He did a ice job of fronting Briones."

Ishpeming won the JV contest, 63-50.

Houghton 66, Westwood 47

In a girls game at Houghton, the Gremlins used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to break open a game tied 10-10 after the first quarter.

"We were able to make some things happen defensively," Houghton coach Julie Filpus said. "Our kids ran the screen-and-roll nicely in our halfcourt offense, and it was a very nice run."

Houghton used the streak to build a 29-15 halftime lead. The teams posted 19 points apiece in the third quarter, but the Patriots couldn't make a late run.

"I thought our kids played hard and we did some good things, but Houghton has some nice size with good guard play," Westwood coach Tom Hammar said.

Joey Carroll posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Gremlins (10-1), who rank No. 3 in Class A-B-C this week by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Taylor Dillinger contributed 16 points, while Hannah Hill had 11 points, five steals and five assists.

Westwood also had three players in double figures: Megan Manninen scored 15, Berkley LaFreniere 12 and Caitlyn Hewitt 11.

The Gremlins won the JV game, 52-47, in overtime.

Calumet 50, Baraga 31

In a boys game at Baraga, Calumet completed a successful road back-to-back, knocking off the host Vikings for its seventh consecutive win.

"I admire Calumet's toughness to come out with full force and be ready to play," Baraga coach Mariah Dunham said.

Dunham said the Copper Kings withstood her team's defensive pressure, then made the most of opportunities on the glass.

"It was really our missed box-outs on defense that led to their points," she said.

Baraga stayed within six points in the first half, 21-15, but the Copper Kings found another gear after the break to run their record to 8-2.

Andy Steber led all scorers with 15 points for Calumet, which went 18 for 20 from the free-throw line. Dunham also had compliments for the Kings' Logan Hyrkas, who added 13 points and a strong all-around performance.

"He really came out with some fire, tonight, I thought, and made some key plays," she said.

Baraga (1-8) got a team-high 10 points from Josh Turunen.

L'Anse 56, Jeffers 33

In a boys game at Painesdale, L'Anse stepped up in the absence of its leading scorer, shutting down Jeffers to end a two-game losing streak and get back above .500.

Jimmy Veker, who averages 20.2 points a game to lead the Purple Hornets, was unavailable due to an injury sustained in practice. But L'Anse got a huge night from Nick Alessandroni, who hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points.

"They knew they were shorthanded and they had kids that stepped up," Jeffers coach Duane Snell said.

Jacob Ostermeyer also came up big, knocking down three triples and adding 13 points.

"They were hitting the boards. They were getting a lot of second and third shots and we couldn't keep them off the boards," Snell said.

L'Anse was stingy on the defensive side, too, allowing just 10 first-half points and leading by 13 at the half against a Jet team having a rough night offensively.

"We are getting to the basket, we're just not putting it in," Snell said.

Troy Kinnunen led Jeffers (3-5) with five 3-pointers and 19 points.

Daniel Perrow pitched in 11 points for the 5-4 Purple Hornets.

Carney-Nadeau 63, Sup. Ctl. 44

In a boys game at Carney, the visiting Cougars held a rebounding advantage, but Carney-Nadeau made 11 3-pointers to just one for SC, now 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Central U.P. Conference.

"We had some traveling (turnover) calls early that really took us out of our game," Cougars coach Herb Jenkins said. "It was the first time this year that we have had this kind of problem."

C-N (8-2, 5-2) led 11-4 after one quarter, 29-16 at halftime and 47-26 through three quarters.



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