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Norman leads Miners’ balanced scoring attack vs. Ishpeming; Marquette, Superior Central fall

ISHPEMING — Junior guard Chloe Norman led a balanced scoring attack as Negaunee broke open a close game in the fourth quarter for a 53-42 girls basketball victory at Ishpeming on Monday night.

Norman finished with 15 points, making 4 of 4 free throws and one of her three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Freshman teammate Alyssa Hill added 11 points and Abby Nelson 10 as the Miners broke up a game they led just 32-31 entering the final period.

The Hematites made a big comeback in the third after trailing 27-18 at halftime.

“We started down 12-0 and it was starting to feel like our first matchup where we didn’t score for two quarters,” Ishpeming head coach Ryan Reichel said. “The girls didn’t give up and battled back to put us in the game. Negaunee’s girls hit some big 3s in the fourth.”

Ishpeming also hit some triples, most by senior guard Emma Poirier, who led all scorers with 24 points and made four of her team’s five 3-pointers. Ishpeming’s next highest scorer was junior forward Rebekah Loman with eight points.

Negaunee held a decided advantage at the free-throw line, making 13 of 18 vs. 7 of 15 for Ishpeming. In the fourth alone, the Miners made 10 of 13 tosses from the charity stripe to just 4 of 6 for the Hematites.

The teams return to the court Friday when Negaunee hosts Iron Mountain and Ishpeming plays at Westwood.

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Sault Ste. Marie 57, Marquette 46

In a makeup game from Jan. 3 played in Marquette, the Blue Devils outscored Marquette in the second half to erase a 28-25 halftime deficit.

In this matchup of the Upper Peninsula Divisions 1-3 No. 3 Soo vs. No. 4 Marquette, the Redettes’ Aspen Michelin led all scorers with 15 points, which included making 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.

Next in scoring for Marquette was Maria Millado with eight points, which included a 4-for-4 night at the free-throw line.

The Soo had three players score in double figures, led by Lilly Alaspa with 12, including 6 of 6 free throws. Teammate Claire Erickson added 11 points while Jordan Scott had 10, including a pair of triples.

The teams were tied 14-14 after one quarater before the Redettes took their modest halftime lead. The Soo then grabbed a 44-38 advantage after three quarters before holding MSHS to just eight points in the fourth.

Michelin and Sofia van den Ende led Marquette rebounders with nine each, while Reegan Ketzenberger had four assists and Millado three as the latter two each had two steals.

Marquette, who won the JV game 39-34 and freshman game 67-16, travels to Calumet on Wednesday.

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Mid Peninsula 63, Superior Central 22

At Eben, the Wolverines jumped out quickly to take control, assuming a 23-4 lead after one quarter and 35-5 at halftime.

“We came out firing,” said Mid Pen coach Phil Croasdell, whose team improved to 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Skyline Central Conference. “We were moving the ball real well and we moved well without the ball. The girls were talking real well on defense.”

Charlotte Charlebois, Emma Rutter and Elizabeth Molag hit six points each for the Cougars (1-11, 0-8).

MP senior Kennedy Englund recorded a triple-double, scoring 26 points to go with 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and 10 assists. Chevy Koski added 13 points and 11 boards and Daisy Englund had nine points and five steals.

SC sank just 8 of 42 shots and had 28 turnovers.

The Cougars, who won the JV game, visit North Central Thursday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Email Brownlee at sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.