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Republic-Michigamme girls basketball team posts first win of season, 44-28 over Watersmeet

WATERSMEET — The Republic-Michigamme girls basketball team got a strong night from Leah McCracken and Allie Radcliffe to defeat Watersmeet 44-28 Thursday for its first win of the season.

McCracken led the Hawks with 17 points, while Radcliffe had 15 points.

“The girls worked very well together,” R-M head coach April Radcliffe said of her six-player roster. “We rebounded well and got a lot of shots off the rebounds. We ran our plays very well and took good, quality shots.”

The Hawks led the Nimrods 12-4 after the first quarter and 29-15 at the half.

R-M then kept its offense rolling in the third quarter, building up a 41-23 advantage going into the fourth and cruised the rest of the way.

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Escanaba 49, Ishpeming 43

At Ishpeming, the Hematites mounted a nice comeback after an early deficit, but ultimately fell just a little short.

Jadyn Maki led the Hematites with 13 points, while the Eskymos’ Mari Bink led all scorers with 21.

Ishpeming trailed 16-2 going into the second quarter, but pulled within nine at the half at 25-16. Escanaba built its advantage up to 15 at 36-21 by the start of the fourth quarter and despite a furious Hematites rally, the Eskymos held on in the end.

“Escanaba’s fast start got to us,” Ishpeming head coach Ryan Reichel said. “Without (Nicole) Kamin, they are still a dangerous team.”

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Gladstone 52, Gwinn 31

At Gwinn, the Modeltowners won the battle but lost the war as GHS coach Shelle Olsen wanted to keep Braves’ top player Megan Crow somewhat in check.

While Crow scored just 17 points, several other players stepped up for Gladstone as they raced to leads of 15-3 after one quarter and 25-10 at halftime.

“To stay positive, we did set a goal to limit Crow to under 20 and we did, so that’s a win in my book,” first-year GHS head coach Shelle Olsen said.

Tianna Taylor paced Gwinn with eight points, while Eliina Miilu scored seven points, playing every minute of the game as point guard to step in for the injured Lena Pleaugh.

“Gwinn’s first plays were turnovers that led to a quick lead by Gladstone,” Olsen said. “Due to low numbers, it’s hard to simulate what will happen to us in a game. We need to continue to learn and grow.”

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. Email them at sports@miningjournal.net.

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