IRON MOUNTAIN - Opening the second half on a 15-0 run, Ishpeming defeated Iron Mountain 50-24 in Mid-Peninsula Conference prep girls basketball on Monday evening.
"I was proud of girls and proud of the effort," Iron Mountain coach Ginger Moore said. "They're hanging in there and not quitting.
"It just seems like there's a certain point in every game where there's a string of a few turnovers that lead to easy baskets.
Ishpeming’s Kaylie Engler drives inside the lane for a basket during the second quarter of Monday's Mid-Peninsula Conference game at Iron Mountain. (Iron Mountain?Daily News photo by Ron Deuter)
"The next thing you know, we're down double digits," she added.
The Mountaineers hung with the Hematites (8-4, 5-2) for most of the first half, but Ishpeming's pressure cracked Iron Mountain in the third quarter.
Gabby Croley and Jessica Spencer, who led all scorers with 14 points each, both came up big for Ishpeming in the third. Croley scored seven points in the frame, while Spencer netted six.
Ishpeming 50, Iron Mountain 24
Score by quarters:
Ishpeming7141910 - 50
Iron Mountain8 6 7 3 - 24
ISHPEMING: Skytta 7, Simula 3, Spencer 14, Croley 14, Allen 2, Wedgworth 2, Engler 4, Thompson 4. FT: 8-11. F: 13.
IRON MOUNTAIN: Khor 3, Herman 7, Feira 4, Hill 2, McCole 5, Pirkola 3. FT: 4-7. F: 11.
FG shooting - ISH: Not available; IM: 9-48 (3pt: 2-17); 3-pt FGs - ISH: None; IM: Khor. Rebounding - ISH: Not available; IM: 26 (Herman 10).
"I liked our second-half intensity," Ishpeming coach Tom Graves said. "We came out a little sluggish in the first half.
"We wanted to push the tempo, get the game going as fast as possible early and we just started out real lethargic.
"In the second half, we really stepped it u," he said. "Our pressure (defense) was much better."
Alena Herman led Iron Mountain (1-9, 0-5 M-PC) with seven points. She also had 10 rebounds.
"We just have to remain positive and work harder," Moore said. "And it has been a team effort. Everyone is working hard to get better."
In JV action, Iron Mountain earned a 57-36 victory.