Emilia Palomaki hits free throws down the stretch to lead Negaunee girls basketball team to victory over Houghton on Saturday
HOUGHTON — Emilia Palomaki made 6 of 6 free throws, including four in the fourth quarter, and scored a game-high 20 points as Negaunee pulled out a 44-41 girls basketball victory at Houghton on Saturday afternoon.
“Another four-quarter battle for us,” Miners head coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We showed good resiliency and battled back from behind late in the fourth quarter.”
The game was close throughout, with Negaunee leading 11-9 after one quarter and 17-16 at halftime before the host Gremlins moved ahead 29-27 after three quarters.
With the Miners’ Megan Carlson adding a single free throw, Negaunee was 5 of 5 at the free-throw line in the final period, an improvement over what had been a 8-of-17 day in the first three quarters.
Alyssa Hill added 11 points for the winners, while Maryellen Trewhella paced Houghton with 11.
Ewen-Trout Creek 38, Ishpeming 35
At Ewen on Friday, the host Panthers turned their offense on in the second half to erase the Hematites’ 14-8 halftime lead.
E-TC scored 30 points in the second half, including 18 in the fourth quarter, as Ishpeming still had a 22-20 lead after three quarters.
The Panthers made their mark at the free-throw line, making 15 of 16 (94 percent) to make up for Ishpeming’s 14-10 edge in field goals.
Senior Rebekah Loman led the Hematites with 13 points, while junior Hannah DeLoughary added nine, seven coming in the final quarter.
E-TC’s Elise Besonen led all scorers with 18 points, including 7 of 7 at the free throw line, five of those coming in the fourth period.
Mid Peninsula 49, Republic-Michigamme 26
At St. Nicholas on Friday, the visiting Hawks couldn’t get their offense untracked until the second half as they trailed 16-3 after one quarter and 30-5 at halftime.
R-M scored 21 points in the second half as Allie Radcliffe led Hawks’ scorers with eight points. Teammate Leah McCracken added six.
The Wolverines’ Daisy Englund led all scorers with 13 points while Shayln Lampinen and Landry Koski added 12 apiece. Englund and Lampinen each sank four 3-pointers, both making three in the first half.
Menominee 59, Marquette 37
At Marquette on Friday, the Maroons jumped out to a big first-half lead and Marquette couldn’t make up the deficit in the second half.
Menominee built leads of 22-8 after one quarter and 40-12 at halftime. The Redettes cut into their deficit in the third quarter, getting to within 49-28 entering the fourth period.
Menominee senior Emma Anderson led all scorers with 15 points, which included a pair of 3-pointers, while senior teammate Erin Barrette added 13 points.
Marquette top two scorers were also seniors — Rayna Warchock and Averie Kelly each had nine points. Junior teammate Zoe Smith added six points on two triples.
Brooklyn Michelin, who had four points, led Redette rebounders with five and shared top assists honors with three. Warchock also had three helpers, while Kelly and Maria Millado pulled down four rebounds.
Marquette also won the JV game but no score was available.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is email@example.com.