Ishpeming girls basketball team falls short, Marquette Redettes run away from Houghton

ISHPEMING — One bad quarter is what hurt the Ishpeming girls basketball team in a 53-47 nonconference loss to Escanaba on Thursday night.

Down by four going into the second quarter, the Eskymos outscored the Hematites 17-7 to go into halftime up 25-19.

Despite being hit with foul trouble, Ishpeming cut Escanaba’s lead to three during in the second half.

Nicole Kamin led Escanaba with 23 points, while Lexi Chaillier had 18.

Madisyn Mead was Ishpeming’s offensive leader with 16 points, while Emma Poirier finished with 11.

“We started well, but got into some foul trouble,” Hematites head coach Ryan Reichel said. “We struggled till halftime and in the second half, we made some adjustments.

“We cut it to three and they scored five straight and made us continue to have to work. And when you’re down against the fastest player in the U.P. (Chaillier), pressing becomes hard.

“Kamin, as a sophomore, is so impressive at the guard spot. She is as legitimate of a(n NCAA) Division II player I have seen this year. This was a good learning experience for our girls moving toward district time.”

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Marquette 78, Houghton 18

At Marquette, the Redettes used a dominant first quarter to romp past the Gremlins.

Marquette outscored Houghton 33-5 in the first quarter and led 46-5 at the half as it cruised.

Sydney Kivi led the Redettes with 25 points, while Aspen Michelin had 21 and Avery Ledy 13.

The Redettes also won the JV game 64-25.

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Wakefield-Marenisco 39, Republic-Michigamme 22

At Republic, the Cardinals held the Hawks to just three points in the first half to get the victory.

W-M led 10-3 after the first quarter, but shut out R-M in the second. The Hawks made things interesting in the second half, cutting their deficit to 10 going into the fourth but only managed seven points in the final quarter.

Carlee Yon led the Cardinals with 19 points, while Nikki Wertanen had eight for the Hawks.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.