Miners girls run by Houghton

By Journal Sports Staff

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee scored a total of 49 points in the middle two quarters to take a surprisingly easy 74-44 victory over Houghton in a high school girls basketball game played Friday night.

The Miners (4-0) broke open a game they led just 14-13 after one quarter, extending the lead to 41-24 at halftime and 63-30 at the end of the third quarter.

Negaunee’s Natalie Bartle led all scorers with 23 points, while fellow senior Clara Johnson added 18 points and junior Abby Nelson had 10. Nelson led Miners’ rebounders with nine while seniors Allyson Jacobson and Ielee Shiroda grabbed eight apiece.

“Our girls were very focused and disciplined in running our game plan,” NHS coach Brandon Sager said. “This one was of the cleaner games we’ve had so far, we only had 11 turnovers.

“We were able to run a little bit. Natalie and Clara were able to space things out on offense.

“It was just a great win for us.”

Kara Pietila paced Houghton with 22 points.

Negaunee also won the JV game 54-16.

Mid Peninsula 48,

Republic-Michigamme 22

At Rock, Tailyn Raisanen scored 10 points for the visiting Hawks, but it wasn’t enough as R-M shot just 8 of 41 (20 percent) from the field.

Haley Trudell had the hot hand early for the Wolverines, scoring 19 of her game-high 20 points in the first half and helping Mid Pen grab an early 10-0 lead.

Rapid River 36,

Superior Central 21

At Rapid River, the Cougars couldn’t stay with the fast-starting home team, falling behind 19-4 after one quarter.

That included a 11-0 deficit after RR made three steals in SC’s first four possessions.

“In the first quarter they did a good job at attacking the basket and we didn’t,” Superior Central coach Greg Trowbridge said. “We didn’t take care of the ball. We should have an experienced team with a lot of players coming back but we sure didn’t play like it.”

Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the second half as the Rockets were 4 of 23 and the Cougars 3 of 15. Superior Central outscored Rapid River in the second half 11-9 but couldn’t overcome its deficit.

“I thought our defense picked up some,” Trowbridge said about the second half. “We were still struggling to put the ball in the hole. It’s hard to win when you’re 6 for 17 from the free throw line. I thought we had opportunities to come back. Thank God it’s early in the season. We have a lot of time to work on stuff.”

Rachel Bintner led the Rockets with 12 points and three steals while Elizabeth Goodacre added 11 points and five steals.

Emma Rondeau paced the Cougars with 11 points.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Brownlee’s email address is sbrownlee@ miningjournal.net.