Furious comeback by Ishpeming Hematites’ girls basketball team falls just short against Gladstone

ISHPEMING — Sometimes it’s just too little, too late.

That was the case for the Ishpeming girls basketball team on Monday night, which after being down 39-20 to visiting Gladstone after three quarters, made a furious 24-point rally in the fourth to make things interesting.

It wasn’t enough, however, as the Braves held on for their third straight victory, a 49-44 win.

Ishpeming head coach Ryan Reichel said his team couldn’t overcome cold shooting in the third quarter while trying to contain Gladstone sophomore center Megan Crow, who finished with 19 points.

“We were in the game at the half,” Reichel said. “We went extremely cold in the third and with those misses, they came down and were able to get Crow some over-the-top passes. She had a big third for them.

“In the fourth, we started attacking the rim with confidence and made some layups. We then could apply our press and that caused Gladstone to turn it over. We cut it to four and had a layup just miss down the last 10 seconds. It was a good game moving toward districts.”

The Hematites (5-12) trailed just 22-16 at the half after battling to a 12-12 draw in the first eight minutes.

Ishpeming was led by senior guard Sophie Hooper with 16 points, while sophomore guard Madisyn Mead and junior guards Emma Poirier and Kayla Koski each had eight.

Ishpeming visits Manistique (2-13) tonight while Gladstone hosts Kingsford (9-6).

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Munising 50, Big Bay de Noc 33

At Munising, a 20-point lead after one quarter helped the Mustangs cruise.

Outscoring Big Bay de Noc 22-2 after one, Munising took a 34-7 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back.

The Mustangs shot 17 of 37 from the field and 12 of 17 from the free throw line, led by senior Michaela Werner with 16 points and seven of Munising’s 28 rebounds.

Senior Daryn Johnson added 10 points while senior Autumn Sturgis had nine.

Big Bay de Noc (4-10) hosts Superior Central (0-13) on Wednesday while Munising (10-4) entertains Rapid River (4-9) on Thursday.

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Carney-Nadeau 57, Superior Central 35

At Carney, the Cougars got a 14-point night from freshman Riley Johnson while senior Jada Johnson had 10, but Superior Central still fell to 0-13.

It was a two-point game after one quarter before the Wolves went on a 21-6 run in the second to make it 33-16 at halftime.

SC hosts Norway (3-13) tonight while Carney-Nadeau (10-4) visits Forest Park.

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Republic-Michigamme 46, Dollar Bay 32

At Republic, the Hawks picked up their third win of the season behind 15 points from junior Tailyn Raisanen and 10 points from senior Kaitlin Ambuehl.

It was the second time R-M topped the Blue Bolts (0-16) this season.

The Hawks host Bessemer (2-14) tonight.

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Iron Mountain 49, Manistique 38

At Iron Mountain, the Mountaineers came out strong in the third quarter to break a halftime tie.

The Mountaineers (6-12, 3-7) snapped a 22-22 tie with a 12-3 run in the third quarter.

“We came out a little flat and could have played with better intensity,” IM Coach Katelynn Grenier said. “Manistique fought hard and battled.

“We ended up kicking in the burners in the second half and responded much better. Jorden Stoner scored eight points in the third quarter and played real well.”

Saylor Swartout, Faith Bal and Reagan Lundholm each scored 10 points for the Mountaineers, who lost standout Riley Poupore to a knee injury in last week’s game with Kingsford.

Emilee McDaniel’s 12 points topped the Emeralds.

The Mountaineers travel to Gwinn tonight.

Iron Mountain also won the JV game.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writers Ryan Stieg and Ryan Spitza with contributions from the Iron Mountain Daily News. Email Stieg and Spitza at sports@miningjournal.net.