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Westwood girls basketball team survives defensive struggle, Negaunee overcomes deficit

ISHPEMING — Defense ruled the roost throughout a high school girls basketball game held at Westwood High School on Wednesday night.

The Patriots came out on top 25-23 over Hancock when Emily Nelson hit a pair of free throws in the late going and the score tied 23-23.

The Bulldogs had to feel fortunate to be in the game as they went 0 for 28 from the field in the first half, trailing 12-5 at halftime without a second-quarter point.

“Hancock was able to keep it close throughout with relentless pressure,” Westwood head coach Kurt Corcoran said.

He said that Hancock went ahead in the latter stages of the third quarter, though Nelson put the home team back on top with a 3-pointer.

Westwood then went on a seven-point run and never trailed again.

Just three Patriot players scored, including Nelson with 12 points and Natalie Prophet 11. Teammate Ellie Miller led WHS rebounders with 13.

Marina Kero paced the Bulldogs with nine points.

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Negaunee 40, West Iron County 33

At Iron River, the Miners overcame an early deficit as Alyssa Hill led them with 13 points and 20 rebounds.

Negaunee trailed 17-10 after the first quarter, but rallied to pull within two of the Wykons, 19-17, at halftime.

In the second half, the Miners outscored WIC 12-6 to take a 29-25 advantage into the fourth quarter.

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

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