MARQUETTE - Hunter Viitala poured in a game-high 21 points to spark the No. 1-ranked Marquette Senior High School girls basketball team to a 66-31 Great Northern Conference victory over visiting Gladstone Tuesday night.
Morgan Seibert added 15 points - all in the first quarter - as the Redettes improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in GNC play.
"Morgan got us off to a great start," MSHS head coach Ben Smith said. "We led 40-10 at the half off our defensive intensity.
Marquette’s Hunter Viitala (10) goes up for a breakaway layup during the first quarter against Gladstone at Marquette Senior High School on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
"You never quite know about exam week, but we came out and played well as a team."
He added Viitala also had five steals, while Liana Storm turned in four rebounds, four steals and six assists with her four game points.
Lexi Hongisto led the Braves (5-5, 1-3) with nine points.
MSHS won the JV game, 56-41.
Negaunee 56, L'Anse 40
Outscoring visiting L'Anse 24-0 in the third quarter, the Miners posted a non-conference victory at home over the Purple Hornets on Tuesday night.
Ashley Veale paced the No. 5-ranked Miners with 16 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Teammate Rosalie Anderson added 14 points and seven boards, while Kayla Hakala chipped in 13 points.
L'Anse (7-3), which entered the game without top player Valerie Rajala due to a knee injury, lost Madi Swanson to a head injury in the first quarter.
"She hit her head on the floor a couple of times," NHS head coach Brandon Sager said.
"In the third quarter, we kicked it in. We were patient, took good shots and our defense was really good tonight."
The Purple Hornets, which outscored Negaunee subs 23-2 in the fourth quarter, got 15 points from Kelsey Ross.
Negaunee won the JV contest, 46-41.
Norway 41, Gwinn 39
Ellie Olsen's 13 points weren't enough as the Gwinn High School girls basketball team dropped a Mid-Peninsula Conference home decision with Norway on Tuesday night.
Morgan Bruce chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds, but the Modeltowners still fell to 2-8 overall and 2-3 in league play.
After Bailey Grayvold - who led the Knights (6-4, 3-3) with 18 points - sank two free throws with 13 seconds left to make it 41-39, Gwinn brought the ball down.
"We drove the baseline and tried to make a pass in the lane," GHS head coach Ben Olsen said. "It was being bounced around and I called a timeout, only to see Bruce make a 13-15 foot jump shot.
"The refs said it came after I called the time out. It was the right call. We then only had 3.8 seconds left and we couldn't get off a shot (in time)."
He added his team's 28 turnovers didn't help.
Gwinn won the JV game, 51-45.
Manistique 42, Munising 27
MANISTIQUE - It was a slow start on both sides of the ball Tuesday night in Manistique, and the Munising Mustangs held a slight lead after one quarter. Then the Emeralds turned up the defensive pressure and got into an offensive flow.
"It was probably our best team effort of the year so far," said Manistique coach Kelly Spettel. "All but one player scored tonight, and I was really happy with our defensive effort, holding them to just 27 (points)."
Kyra Lauzon and Leah Cook led the scoring effort for the Emeralds, both finishing with nine points. They held a 23-18 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Mustangs 19-9 to close out the contest.
"We put a nice press on and it caused some turnovers that we were able to get some layups out of," Spettel said. "It was nice to see our defense lead to some offense."
Ishpeming 49, L'Anse 38
At L'Anse on Monday, sophomore Jessica Spencer scored 23 points as the Hematites (6-4) turned a 21-17 halftime advantage into a 39-27 lead after three quarters to upset the Upper Peninsula's No. 4 ranked team in Class ABC.
The Purple Hornets (7-2) lost Rajala, their leading rebounder, to injury last week and Ishpeming took advantage.
"They got a lot of second- ... and third-chance baskets," L'Anse coach Scott Lloyd said. "We weren't able to run because we struggled to clear the boards."
Senior Alesha O'Brien added 10 points for Ishpeming, which won the JV game, while Madi Swanson paced L'Anse with 18 points.