CHASSELL - L'Anse junior guard Madi Swanson proved to be too much of a presence for Chassell on Tuesday night in a season-opening girls basketball game at the Panthers' gym.
Swanson poured in a game-best 20 points, made seven steals and handed out five assists to pace a 49-30 LHS win.
"She (Swanson) was all over the place," Hornets coach Scott Lloyd said. "In addition to her scoring, she also did a good job on defense and directing our offense."
Kayla LaBerge of L’Anse drives past Chassell defenders Karli Michaels, left, and Tawna Ryynanen on Tuesday night. The Purple Hornets took a 49-30 win in the season-opening game. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Paul Peterson)
The unrelenting full-court pressure of the Purple Gang also got to the young Panthers as they committed 29 turnovers.
"I thought we came out pretty strong," first-year Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said. "The girls did what I asked, but I think they got tired and probably a little frustrated with the pressure."
Chassell was in contention until the final 40 seconds of the first half when L'Anse went on a 6-0 run to take a 26-18 advantage into intermission.
"That little run right near the end of the half was big," Lloyd said. "It gave us a little bit of an edge and kind of set the defensive tone in the second half."
Lampinen, the senior backcourt ace for the Panthers, kept her team close by scoring 10 points in the opening half.
But the winners removed any doubts about the outcome by outscoring their hosts 18-9 in the fourth quarter.
L'Anse junior center Valerie Rajala pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 14 points.
Lampinen paced the Panthers, scoring 14 points and making eight steals.