IRON MOUNTAIN - With an assist from the Negaunee defense, the Miners' Adena Anderson made every one of her points count in Iron Mountain on Tuesday night.
The NHS sophomore scored just four points all night, but they came in the form of four successful free throws on four attempts in the final minute to help Negaunee defeat the Mountaineers 51-49.
The Miners improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, while IM slipped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Negaunee’s Rosalie Anderson, right, and Iron Mountain’s Elli McCole, left, battle for a loose ball during a Mid-Peninsula Conference contest played in Iron Mountain on Tuesday evening. Anderson sank four free throws in the final minute to help the Miners escape with a 51-49 victory. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Theresa Peterson)
Anderson made her last pair of free throws with about 10 seconds to go to give Negaunee a 51-48 lead.
Iron Mountain's Sarah Pirkola then was fouled on a 3-point attempt, giving her a shot at tying the game. After making just the first of three free throws, the Mountaineers grabbed the offensive rebound, but Negaunee stole the ball to ice the result.
"It was a real back-and-fourth game, especially in the fourth quarter," Miners coach Brandon Sager said. "We'd get the lead, then they scored a few points to go ahead, then we'd take it back again."
Negaunee held narrow leads of 15-14, 28-25 and 39-36 after each of the first three quarters.
Four seniors led a balanced Miners' scoring attack. Taylor Wilber led with 11 points, while Kayla Hakala had 10 and Haley Blake and Ashley Veale added nine apiece.
IM's Abby Gerhard led all scorers with 18 points, while Katelynn Johnson had 11.
Carney-Nadeau 47, Munising 25
CARNEY - The Carney-Nadeau girls ended the 2012 portion of their basketball season on a positive note Tuesday night, topping the Munising Mustangs.
Carney led 12-0 after the first quarter and 16-11 at halftime of the Central U.P. Conference match-up.
Casey Charlier and Lauren Murray scored 15 points each for the Wolves, who improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the CUP with their second straight triumph. They finished with 26 steals.