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Finlandia women, Bay men complete 4-day sweeps in basketball against other school’s team

HANCOCK — The Finlandia women and Bay College men finished off a two-game sweep of their basketball opponents from the other school with wins in Hancock on Wednesday night.

The Lions women pulled out a 68-54 victory over Bay, while the Norse men ran wild in a 99-72 victory over Finlandia.

Just four days earlier in Escanaba, the FU women were 50-45 winners and Bay men 96-78 victors.

Each of these four Upper Peninsula teams has at least two and as many as five area players hailing from Baraga, L’Anse, Ishpeming, Munising, Gwinn, Negaunee, Superior Central and Republic-Michigamme.

The Bay teams are next in action, playing at Bryant & Stratton College in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on Saturday, then finishing off a home-and-home series with B&S the following Saturday, Feb. 8.

Finlandia’s men are off until 6 p.m. Wednesday when they host Gogebic Community College of Ironwood, while the FU women take a break until Feb. 8 when they host Mount Mary.

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Bay men 99, Finlandia 72

The records told the story for the second straight game as the Norse improved to 16-7 while FU fell to 0-20.

Superior Central sophomore Joe Heinonen had a big night in a losing cause, scoring a team-high 20 points for Finlandia with four 3-pointers and 4 of 4 at the line. He added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes starting.

Sophomore teammate River Shumate of Republic-Michigamme scored four points, sinking the only triple he tried, to go with four rebounds and an assist.

Leading the Bay area contingent was Ishpeming sophomore Dondre Yohe, who had seven points all on 7-of-8 shooting at the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Also for Bay, Munising sophomore Cade Contreras scored two points, while Negaunee sophomore Luke Mattson and Gwinn freshman Austin Forbes didn’t register a point. Mattson did have four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes as a starter, while Forbes contributed a rebound.

Bay quickly jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 19-3 before settling in for a 48-28 halftime advantage. The Norse’s edge was never less than 17 points in the second half.

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Finlandia women 68, Bay 54

Baraga sophomore Carsyn Osterman had the most productive night on offense of any player, scoring 21 points for the winners as she sank two 3-pointers and 5 of 7 at the free throw line while adding six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 30 minutes as a starter.

Teammate and L’Anse junior Bailey Froberg was one of only two other players to score in double figures, getting 12 points also with a pair of triples, 2 of 2 at the line, five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in 28 minutes also as a starter.

Two other Finlandia (11-11) area players each scored two points — Ishpeming sophomores Katie Loman and Mariah Austin. Loman made her only shot attempt to go with two steals, two assists and a rebound as she also started. Austin made both her free-throw tries in just six minutes on the floor.

No Bay (14-7) player scored in double figures as Gwinn freshman Trish McGuire and Munising sophomore Marissa Ackerman each had seven points in starting roles.

McGuire hit a trey and was 4 of 4 at the line with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Ackerman made 7 of 8 free throws and added a team-high eight rebounds to go with an assist and steal.

Another Modeltowners freshman, Brooke mannor, didn’t score in eight minutes but had two rebounds and a steal.

Bay led 20-17 after one quarter with the score tied 31-31 at the half. The Lions pumped in 22 points in the third to take a 53-45 lead entering the final quarter.

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