Rock solid defense

ISHPEMING – Defense ruled for Ishpeming from the start as the Hematites cruised past L’Anse 71-37 in a nonconference high school girls basketball game played Monday.

“Our defense set the tone right away,” Ishpeming coach Ryan Reichel said. “We switched some things up.

“Then Khora Swanson got hot in the second when she made three 3-pointers.”

The Hematites (8-7) jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter before extending it to 33-18 by halftime.

Swanson finished with 14 points while fellow Ishpeming junior Marissa Maino led all scorers with 19 points. Maino and sophomore Chloe Sjoholm paced Hematites rebounders with nine each.

For L’Anse (4-12), Alexis Francois scored 12 points.

Ishpeming, which also won the JV game 55-18, hosts Escanaba on Thursday. L’Anse next plays at home against West Iron County on Monday.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 60,

Republic-Michigamme 16

At Lake Linden, the Hawks were missing several players and had to call up a JV player to have six players available for this game.

So the Lakes were able to race to a 22-5 lead after one quarter, holding R-M scoreless in the second quarter for a 37-5 halftime lead.

LL-H improved to 8-7 overall and 5-5 in the Copper Country Division of the Copper Mountain Conference, while the Hawks fell to 0-18 and 0-13.

“We had to played a different defense because of the players we had available, and it left some open spots,” R-M coach April Radcliffe said.

Freshman Kaitlin Ambuehl led the Hawks with eight points while sophomore Shawna DuMoulin had six.

The Lakes were paced by Peyton Gast with 13 points and Abby Sutherland and Alexa Destrampe with 10 each.

Next up for R-M is a game at Wakefield-Marenisco on Thursday. LL-H, which won the JV game 51-33, hosts Dollar Bay also on Thursday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is