ISHPEMING - Head coach Mark Dellangelo said it wasn't an impressive win, but he and his Ishpeming High School girls basketball team will take it, nevertheless.
Kaylie Engler scored 10 points and Jordann Grigg sank five free throws in a 12-5 Ishpeming fourth quarter push to beat visiting Westwood, 36-29, in a Mid-Peninsula Conference game Thursday night.
"It wasn't a pretty contest, but we'll take it," Dellangelo said after his Hematites had improved to 8-5 overall and 6-2 in league play.
"We had a good defensive effort and made some free throws down the stretch. Grigg was 5-of-7 (from the line) in the last quarter."
The two teams were tied 24-24 entering the final stanza.
Katie Rankinen led Westwood (3-8, 2-4) with 10 points.
Ishpeming won the JV game, 33-32.
Superior Central 66,
North Central 42
At Eben Thursday night, the host Superior Central Cougars rolled over North Central, 66-42, in Central U.P. League girls basketball play.
SC (14-0, 9-0) outscored the Jets (8-5, 6-3) by a 23-10 margin in the first quarter and never looked back.
"The girls were pumped and pretty intense coming out," Cougars' head coach Greg Trowbridge said. "We moved the ball well and our man pressure gave (the Jets) trouble."
Vanessa Freberg sparked the Class D No. 3-ranked Cougars with 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
"She scored 11 points in the first quarter," Trowbridge said. "She took the ball to the basket, drew some fouls and hit a 3-point shot from the corner."
Brooke Pasanen added 12 points and SC teammate Kelsey Coleman 10. Coleman also hauled in eight boards.
Darcy Rochon (12) and Sydney Campbell (10) combined for 22 points for North Central.
The Jets took the JV contest, 49-14.
At Munising Thursday night, the host Mustangs fell just shy of Carney-Nadeau, losing to the Wolves 48-42 in a Central U.P. girls basketball matchup.
"The last time we played them, they beat us by 22," Munising head coach Mark Mattson noted after his team fell to 4-8 overall and 1-6 in CUP play.
"We played much better tonight.
"If we had made a layup and a free throw down the stretch, we might have pulled this one out."
Katie Immel notched nine points and Mustangs teammate Sheena Sowa seven.
For C-N (8-4, 7-1), Casey Charlier tossed in 15 points. Morgan Eichorn added 13.