L’Anse forces 41 turnovers in girls basketball win over Lake Linden-Hubbell

LAKE LINDEN — A switch in defense helped L’Anse notch an easy 66-22 win over Lake Linden-Hubbell in a girls basketball game played Thursday night.

“We were struggling with our man-to-man early in the first quarter,” L’Anse coach Scott Lloyd said. “But we went to a zone after that, and that switched things all around.”

The Purple Hornets were holding a slim 10-9 lead late in the opening period when they went zone.

A 9-1 run to end the quarter lifted L’Anse to a 19-10 advantage it never relinquished, while a spate of Lakes turnovers led to a comfortable 32-14 halftime lead.

Lloyd, whose team shocked highly regarded Chassell two nights earlier, forced LL-H (1-1) into a 41 turnovers.

“I think (the Lakes) might have done us a favor when they tried to run with us after the turnovers,” Lloyd said. “We talked about it before the game and at halftime. We want to dictate how the game is going to be played and uptempo is how we like to do it.”

Addison Mattson had a big night for the 2-0 winners with a game-best 20 points. She also made nine steals.

Kailyn Voskuhl added 10 points for the winners, while Taylor Brown scored nine points and made 14 steals. Maija Rice and Haley Nankervis each had eight points.

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Ewen-Trout Creek 44, Baraga 31

At Ewen, the Panthers offense perked up in the middle quarters after ending the first quarter down 4-3. They scored 14 points in the second and 18 in the third to take a 35-16 lead.

Baraga made a run to get back in the game in the fourth quarter as Chelsea Pittsley scored eight of her 15 points.

“Proud of our effort tonight,” Baraga coach Tom Goodreau said. “We had a few defensive miscues that E-TC capitalized on that cost us the lead in the second quarter. We made a few runs and were coming on strong in the fourth, but E-TC hit some key shots.”

Baraga goes to Dollar Bay on Tuesday.