Ishpeming Hematites’ Madison Pruett, Jocelynn Nyman dial long distance in girls basketball victory

Ishpeming’s Emma Poirier, left, jukes Gladstone’s Marnnea LaFave in their high school girls basketball game played Tuesday at Gladstone. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Justin St. Ours)

GLADSTONE — Two triples by Ishpeming in the final minute lifted Ishpeming to a narrow 47-46 girls basketball victory at Gladstone on Tuesday night.

Triples by Madison Pruett and Jocelynn Nyman in the last 40 seconds put the Hematites up 46-45 in this Mid-Peninsula Conference game.

Emma Poirier, who finished with 12 points, hit a free throw with 15 seconds left to increase the Hematites’ lead to 47-45.

Gladstone’s Megan Crow had a chance to tie the game from the free throw line with 6.9 seconds left, but went 1 of 2 to leave her team behind by a point.

Three-pointers were a deciding factor all game long as Alaina Trudeau started the Braves (5-8 overall, 3-4 M-PC) off nicely by draining a long shot less than 35 seconds into the game.

The next three minutes were scoreless until the Poirer hit her own trey to tie the game.

“We hit some shots,” said coach Ryan Reichel of Ishpeming, whose team improved to 4-10 and 3-7. “We made 11 3s … that should put you in a position to be in a basketball game.”

Pruett finished with 16 points and five triples, and Nyman each hit from three in the last 90 seconds of the first period.

“We knew Pruett could shoot it,” Gladstone coach Andy Cretens said. “That was part of our game plan, but we kind of just allowed it to happen.”

Gladstone’s Maddie Ahlgren ended the quarter with another triple putting the Braves ahead 11-9.

With steady scoring by Gladstone in the second quarter, the Hematites fell behind 20-13 until a series of treys in the last two minutes, including a buzzer beater from Sophie Hooper, trimmed their deficit to 27-22 to end the half.

Hooper led Ishpeming’s effort in the third quarter with a triple in the first 30 seconds of the frame. Gladstone continued to be consistent, but the Hematites made enough 3s to stay within striking distance. The third frame ended with Gladstone ahead 39-34.

“We let them hang around too long,” Cretens said. “We relaxed too many times.”

Crow had 15 points and Ahlgren added 10.

“I thought the girls showed a lot of resolve when we were down,” Reichel said. “We were able to chisel away and pull out a victory.”

Ishpeming also won the JV game, but no score was available.