Local hoops winners: Negaunee, Marquette girls basketball teams race by opposition

Negaunee’s Alyssa Hill, right, blocks the shot of West Iron County’s Danica Shamion, center, as she goes up for a layup in the third quarter of their West PAC girls basketball game played at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee on Tuesday. Also defending for the Miners is Summer Dudo, partially hidden in left foreground. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

“Summer Dudo provided … an excellent spark in (the third) quarter.” — Mike O’Donnell, head coach, Negaunee girls basketball


NEGAUNEE — Eleven players scored for Negaunee to counteract the free throw shooting of West Iron County’s Danica Shamion as the Miners posted a 67-38 victory at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Shamion was a productive 15 of 19 at the free-throw line as she scored a game-high 17 points.

But that was only barely enough to offset Negaunee’s top scorer, senior Alyssa Hill, who scored 16 points despite not getting to the free throw line or making a 3-pointer.

Negaunee's Summer Dudo, left, has her hair flip into her eyes while guarded by West Iron County's Danica Shamion before Dudo prepares to shoot in the second quarter of their West PAC girls basketball game played at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

After the Miners built modest leads of 13-12 after one quarter and 29-20 at halftime, Negaunee came out charging with pressure defense in the third, racing to a 49-26 lead entering the final period.

“I thought we came out of halftime with excellent energy and were able to create some separation in the game,” NHS head coach Mike

O’Donnell said.

He mentioned the defense of senior Summer Dudo, who canned all six of her points with a pair of third-quarter triples.

“Summer Dudo provided … an excellent spark in (the third) quarter with some full-court pressure and I feel we fed off her energy,” O’Donnell said. “Overall we had great contributions from everyone and it was a nice team victory.”

Sophomore Ella Mason added 10 points to the winning cause, while junior teammate Cooper Atkins had nine and senior Lilly Nelson eight.

Negaunee, which also won the JV game 61-13, returns to action Friday night with a home game against Ishpmeing.


Marquette 47, Escanaba 35

At Marquette, Zoe Smith nailed four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 16 points for the Redettes, who host Calumet on Friday.

“Zoe Smith … got us going and Eliina Brazeau hit a 3 at the buzzer going into halftime off a nice pass from Brooke Logan,” MSHS head coach Ben Smith said after his team improved to 4-5 overall and 3-0 in the Great Northern Conference. “We had a great team effort.

“Our team defense was scrappy and we had a number of kids chip in on the boards.

“We still have plenty of things to work on, but we continue to move in the right direction.”

Meghan MacPhee pulled in 13 rebounds to lead the Redettes’ as they had 42 total. She also dished out a team-high three assists.

Maria Millado scored eight points and had five rebounds.

The Eskymos won the JV game 36-35 in overtime.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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