Gwinn girls use strong second half to defeat IM; Ishpeming tops Emeralds

GWINN — After a slow start on offense, Gwinn scored 41 second-half points to pull away from Iron Mountain for a 63-53 girls basketball victory at the Modeltowners gym on Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers led just 6-5 after one quarter and still held a 23-22 advantage at halftime.

Gwinn then ran up 24 third-quarter points on the strength of four 3-pointers, including two by Brooke Mannor, to take a 46-41 lead heading to the fourth.

Mannor led the Modeltowners with 16 points and sisters Marissa Delmont added 15 and Mallory Delmont 12.

The Modeltowners made 7 of 11 free throws in the final eight minutes to nail down the win.

“Our game plan was to pressure and force turnover, which I feel we did in the first half,” GHS coach Ben Olsen said. “But we could not turn those turnovers into points, evident by the five points we scored (in the first quarter).

“In the second half, we continued to press and we were finally able to knock down some 3s and held a lead of about eight or more points for the remainder of the game.

“We ran into more foul trouble late in the third and Annalise Hoevker and Eliina Miilu gave us about six incredible minutes. They were a big reason, if not the reason, we were able to maintain our advantage.”

The Mountaineers were led by Saylor Swartout and Reagan Lundholm with 16 points apiece.

“We struggled putting Iron Mountain away because Saylor Swartout and Reagan Lundholm made some big shots that kept them in the game,” Olsen said.

IM won the JV game 45-39.

Gwinn plays a pair of Upper Peninsula Division 1-3 top-five teams later this week, hosting Westwood on Thursday and playing at Negaunee on Saturday.

Ishpeming 49, Manistique 19

At Manistique, the Hematites’ defense clamped down on the road as they raced to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and maintained a 20-10 advantage at halftime. Lengthening the lead to 32-16 after three quarters all but sealed the result.

“We defended the ball really well in the second half of a back-to-back night,” Ishpeming coach Ryan Reichel said after the Hematites lost a home game to Gladstone on Monday. “I was nervous coming down to play Manistique that we’d come out flat.

“We were proud of the girls as they competed from the tip. The defense was great in limiting touches and creating turnovers. The guards all penetrated their zone and created shooting slots for our shooters.”

Madison Pruett sank six 3-pointers on her way to scoring a game-high 20 points, while teammate Tia Mattila hit a pair of triples herself for eight points.

Manistique was paced by Kayla Muth with five points.

Bessemer 43, Republic-Michigamme 41

The Hawks’ girls couldn’t extend their win streak to two games despite making 11 of 14 free throws (79 percent) while the Speed Girls could sink just 8 of 21 (38 percent).

R-M (3-12) led 11-5 after one quarter and 22-19 at halftime before Bessemer (3-14) began a comeback by tying the game 33-33 entering the final period.

The Hawks’ Tailyn Raisanen led all scorers with 20 points, while teammate Allie Radcliffe added 12, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Kailyn Fingeroos paced the Speed Girls with 15 points.

West Iron County 70, L’Anse 55

At Iron River, the Purple Hornets kept up with the No. 2 team in Divisions 1-3 in the Upper Peninsula for the first half before the Wykons took control.

L’Anse led 19-15 after one quarter as the teams were tied 28-28 at halftime.

WIC began pulling away in the third quarter, building a 46-38 lead heading to the final eight minutes.

Senior Brianna Keinz and sophomore Majia Rice paced the Hornets with 13 points each, while junior teammate Kailyn Voskuhl added 11.

The Wykons’ Eden Golliher led all scorers with 21 points while Emily Nelson had 14.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is