Ishpeming triumphs; Newberry takes conference

ISHPEMING – Outscoring visiting Escanaba 17-8 in the fourth quarter, the Ishpeming High School girls basketball team beat the Eskymos 62-53 in a nonconference game Thursday night.

“We spread the floor and attacked them,” IHS head coach Ryan Reichel said. “Hitting 7 of 8 free throws (in the fourth quarter) helped us, too.”

Madigan Johns poured in 19 points to lead Ishpeming (9-7). Marissa Maino added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

“We had a good first half,” Reichel said, noting his team held a 34-21 lead at intermission. “We dictated the tempo and hit a majority of our 3-pointers in the first half.”

Callie Heller paced Escanaba (4-16) with 13 points. Maddy Willis (12), Emily LaFave (10) and Maddy Theut (10) also scored in double figures.

Norway 53, Gwinn 37

At Gwinn, the host Modeltowners were outscored 18-5 in the second quarter in a Mid-Peninsula Conference game.

“They hurried us into some poor shots and turned us over with their defense in the second quarter,” Gwinn head coach Ben Olsen said.

“We played them pretty even, but their transition game hurt us.”

Tierra Taylor led the Modeltowners (6-12 overall, 2-8 M-PC) with 16 points and six rebounds.

Jordan Kraemer tossed in 17 points and hauled in eight boards to power the Knights (13-4, 8-2). Teammate Harlie Caster added 11 points.

Norway won the JV game, 55-39.

Newberry 54, St. Ignace 50

At Newberry, the Indians wrapped up their first-ever Straits Area Conference title in a hard-fought win over the Saints.

Bridget Stoetzer led Newberry (17-1, 6-1) with 20 points, while Taylor Bryant had 14 points and 12 rebounds. St. Ignace slipped to 13-2 and 4-2.

The Indians held a slim 25-23 lead at the break and held on late with the help of two free throws from Stoetzer.

“It was back and forth the whole game,” Newberry head coach Fred Bryant said. “We had a two-point lead late and they fouled Bridget with 17 seconds left. She hit both free throws and then they put up a shot, missed it, grabbed a rebound and called timeout. They put up another shot and we grabbed it and ran the clock out.

“The team is on cloud nine. We haven’t beat St. Ignace since 1992 and I think beating a team with a lot of state-wide attention is a huge statement for us. We exceeded my expectations this year and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Newberry hosts Brimley Tuesday.

Wakefield-Marenisco 69,

Republic-Michigamme 24

At Wakefield, Republic-Michigamme was outscored 28-2 in the opening quarter and never recovered.

“We couldn’t get the ball up court against their press,” R-M head coach April Radcliffe said. “We had a lot of unforced turnovers and that was the story of the game.”

Taylor Kaminen netted 10 points to pace the Hawks (0-19 overall, 0-15 Copper Mountain Conference, Copper Country Division).

Darienne Korpi tossed in 19 points to lead W-M (9-8, 6-5 CMC Porcupine Mountain Division). Saundra Livertaski added 15 and Hailee Yon 13 for the Cardinals.

W-M took the JV contest, 47-30.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg and Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg.