One bad quarter dooms Ishpeming against Mountaineers
ISHPEMING – The Ishpeming Hematites had a chance to get a big win Monday night against Iron Mountain, but one bad quarter did them in.
Ishpeming held tight with the Mountaineers through the first half, but was outscored 15-8 in the third quarter that led to a 57-49 loss. The Hematites (11-5) mounted a good comeback in the fourth quarter but came up short.
Ishpeming’s Hart Holmgren led all scorers with 21 points, while Luke Kuliu had 14. Carson Wonders led IM with 18 points.
“It was close,” Hematites head coach Jeff Olson said. “We were up by two in the first quarter and we put up a lead, but we had a bad third quarter.
“We didn’t do the little things and we missed some shots. We cut it down to three in the fourth quarter and we had our chances, but they made too many shots down the stretch.”
Ishpeming won the JV game, though a score wasn’t available. Ishpeming hosts Houghton Wednesday in a make-up game.
Gladstone 60, Westwood 54
At Gladstone, the Braves held on for the win by blistering the nets from the free throw line, making 18 of 20 – 90 percent – for the game.
Gladstone (9-7) led 20-12 after one quarter and 31-24 at halftime before the Patriots (7-9) battled back, pulling within 38-33 after three quarters and actually taking a two-point lead about halfway through the final quarter.
“But they made their free throws down the stretch,” WHS coach Chad Hewitt said.
In the fourth period alone, Gladstone was 14 of 16 from the line to go with just four field goals.
Post players for each team led all scorers. Gladstone’s 6-foot-3 junior forward Joe Gibbs scored 24 points, while Westwood’s 6-4 senior center Ryan Stanaway countered with 23 points and a team-high six rebounds.
In addition, senior Connor Hanlon scored 18 points for Westwood and sophomore Brad Spindler put in 12 for Gladstone.
The Braves won the JV game 49-46.
On Wednesday, Westwood hosts Negaunee.
Mid Peninsula 58, Munising 39
At Perkins, Mid Pen outscored the visiting Mustangs 18-7 in the second quarter to take a 27-16 lead at halftime of this Skyline Central Conference game.
Terry Brower led the Wolverines (10-8 overall, 8-3 SCC) with 29 points and four steals. Duane Englund added 11 points and 12 assists.
“Terry played an unbelievable game,” said Mid Pen coach Mark Branstrom. “He had a real good all-around game and had some big steals. Duane had a phenomenal game.”
Munising (10-7, 6-6) held a 25-21 rebounding edge. The Mustangs hit 16 of 52 field goals and committed 16 turnovers. The Wolverines were 21 of 42 from the floor and had just four miscues.
“I’m real happy about that one,” Branstrom said about the four turnovers. “That’s hard to do, especially against Munising.
“We knew we had to be very selective with our shots. We didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks.”
Munising won the JV game 45-35.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Email Steig and Brownlee at email@example.com.