Westwood Patriots girls basketball team shoots lights out in Gladstone; Negaunee wins, Republic-Michigamme falls

GLADSTONE — If the Gladstone High School gym was dark after the girls varsity basketball was finished there Tuesday night, just blame visiting Westwood.

That’s because the Patriots shot the lights out in a 61-48 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over the host Braves.

Westwood (6-2, 3-1 M-PC) made 51 percent from the field — 18 of 35 — and just missed 80 percent from the free-throw line, making 19 of 24 for 79 percent.

“Any time you shoot over 50 percent plus how well we shout our free throws, you should be happy,” Pats’ head coach Kurt Corcoran said. “Our goal is to shoot 80 percent from the line. It’s tough to do, so I’m pretty happy with how we did.”

Westwood built a 29-20 halftime lead and kept the lead around eight to 12 points throughout the second half.

Patriots sophomore Madi Koski led all scorers with 20 points, while senior teammate Elizabeth Farley and sophomore Tessa Leece added 12 apiece. And senior Marissa Carello also broke into double figures with 10 points.

“It seemed like every time we needed a big shot, Liz put the ball in the hole,” Corcoran said. “She hit a 3 and a couple of long-range jump shots at some real opportune times when Gladstone would start to make a little run.”

Westwood also held a 42-30 lead after three quarters.

Freshman Megan Crow paced the Braves with 12 points, while Andie Balenger and Kaitlyn Hardwick added 10 points each.

“Megan Crow is a 6-foot-3 freshman,” Corcoran said. “She did a lot of damage early. She had 10 (points) in the first half and she has some good post moves and a soft touch with the ball.

“We made a few defensive switches at halftime and she only had two free throws after that. We had to try to deny her the ball.”

Gladstone won the JV game 36-25.

Westwood has an unusual varsity doubleheader on Thursday night, hosting Calumet in a girls game at 6 p.m. and a Iron Mountain in a boys game at 7:30 p.m.

The JV games will take place at Aspen Ridge Middle School 90 minutes before each of those games.

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Jeffers 62, Republic-Michigamme 17

At Republic, the Jets employed a deep bench and used pressure on defense to run to 16-6 and 31-8 lead after each of the first two quarters.

“They shot well with a lot of fast breaks,” R-M coach April Radcliffe said. “They pressed us for three quarters.”

Juniors Alicia Ball and Kaitlin Ambuehl and sophomore Tailyn Raisanen paced the Hawks with four points each. Jeffers got 13 from Dana Kinnunen as 11 Jets players scored.

Jeffers also won the JV game 70-11.

R-M’s next game is Friday at Mid Peninsula.

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Negaunee 69, Iron Mountain 27

At Negaunee, seniors Natalie Bartle and Clara Johnson combined to score 29 points despite not playing for virtually all of the second half.

Bartle finished with 16 points and Johnson 13.

“We try to set the tone right from the beginning,” Miners coach Brandon Sager said about his team racing to a 24-4 lead after one quarter and 41-12 at halftime. “We worked on executing a lot of team things.”

Negaunee (7-0, 4-0 M-PC) shot 58 percent from the field, not surprising to the head coach.

“That was a tribute to the girls sharing the ball, which led to some good percentage shots,” Sager said.

Riley Poupore led the Mountaineers with 11 points.

The Miners, who also won the JV game 52-20, play at Manistique on Friday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.