Mustangs nab easy triumph
MUNISING – Munising coach Matt Mattson was able to empty his bench early as the Mustangs flew past Skyline Central Conference rival North Dickinson 71-40 in high school girls basketball action on Thursday.
Munising, which led 39-18 at halftime, improved to 13-3 overall and 9-1 in the league’s East Division.
“In the first half, I thought we played very well,” Mattson said. “North Dickinson was hitting some shots even when our defense was making it hard on them.”
All 11 players scored for Munising, led by juniors Frankie Mattson and Marissa Immel with 15 points each. Mattson also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
Sophomore Kelsea Ackerman added 11 points to the winning cause.
For the Nordics (4-12, 3-6 Skyline West), Juliann Wickman scored 13 points while Kimberly Pekarek had a team-high six rebounds.
The Mustangs also won the JV game, 45-32.
Gladstone 38, Westwood 29
At Westwood, the Braves took an early lead and held on late.
Gladstone’s Tasi Martinez led all scorers with 15 points, while Marissa Carello led Westwood with 13 points.
The Braves led 15-5 after the first quarter and by eight at the break. Westwood fought its way back into it, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities late in the game.
“It was a close game,” Westwood head coach Kurt Corcoran said. “The girls were ready and we executed really well. We just failed to capitalize on turnovers and our high-percentage shots. Our shots were there all night long, but we couldn’t drop it in. It was 35-29 for three solid minutes in the fourth quarter and we failed to capitalize.
“As a coach, it was breathtaking to watch, but not in a positive way. I thought we did a great job, but there must’ve been a lid on the rim tonight.”
Gladstone also won the JV game 32-26. Westwood (2-13) plays tonight at Manistique.
At Norway, the Knights exploded for 42 points in the middle two quarters in a Mid-Peninsula Conference game.
Jordan Kraemer led Norway (12-4, 7-2) with 23 points, while junior guard Khora Swanson paced the Hematites (6-8, 4-6) with 12.
“We came out kind of slow but they really picked it up in the second quarter,” Norway coach Carli Kelly said. “I thought our press worked really well. Jordan worked the back of the press and got a lot of steals.”
Kelly said the offense took advantage of long passes and aggressive attacks to the basket.
“We had a lot of good looks and I’m not happy with our 16 turnovers. We had a lot of looks going long,” Kelly said. “We didn’t really connect in the first quarter.”
Kelly said Ishpeming is a strong team with guards that present a challenge.
“They played hard. They’re a nice matchup for us,” she said. “They have tall guards. Swanson had four 3’s. Once we played a little bit tighter on her, that was better for us.”
Ishpeming is back in action on Monday at home against L’Anse, while Norway plays at Gwinn on Thursday.
At Rudyard, the Indians improved to 15-1 as Taylor Bryant had a double-double with 23 ponts and 11 rebounds. Teammate Bridget Stoetzer chipped in 15 points.
The Indians led by 22 points at the break and held Rudyard to fewer than 10 points in all four quarters.
“We came out and played good defense in the first half,” Newberry head coach Fred Bryant said. “We’ve now had nine quarters in a row where we held a team under eight or nine points in a quarter. Offensively, our transition game was good and so were our half-court sets.”
Newberry, which also won the JV game 49-24, hosts Cedarville on Tuesday.
At Republic, the Hawks couldn’t overcome a cold night shooting.
Shawna DuMoulin led R-M with 13 points.
The Hawks were only down 8-6 after the first quarter, but were outscored 14-1 in the second and 18-7 in the third. As a result, R-M fell to 0-17.
“We missed so many layups and so many free throws,” R-M head coach April Radcliffe said. “We just didn’t have good shot selection. We were short on everything and we didn’t square up to the basket. Shawna had a good game, though.”
Bessemer also won the JV game 55-33. The Hawks play Monday at Lake Linden-Hubbell.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Iron Mountain Daily News.