Hematites’ late rally falls short vs. Gwinn

By Journal Sports Staff

GWINN — Ishpeming’s big fourth-quarter rally fell just short as the Gwinn girls held on for a 40-39 home victory in high school basketball action on Friday night.

The Modeltowners extended their lead to 12 points in the second half after holding leads of 11-9 and 24-18 after each of the first two quarters.

They lead jumped to 35-28 before really extending it early in the fourth.

“We missed two point-blank layups that would’ve extended (the lead) to 16,” GHS coach Ben Olsen said. “Ishpeming made a few timely 3(-pointer)s and free throws down the stretch, and they tied it 35-35.”

He added that Gwinn’s Mallory Delmont hit a triple that put her team up 38-35.

A few minutes later with the Modeltowners clinging to a one-point lead, Marissa Delmont stole an inbounds pass that put a seal on the victory.

“This was very similar to the first game (against Ishpeming),” Olsen said of a Jan. 8 game that the Modeltowners won 50-45. “I need to give Ishpeming and Coach (Ryan) Reichel a ton of credit; they never quit and battled to the end.

“I also give credit to our girls for finding a way to win; they gutted out a tough win.”

Gwinn had balanced scoring as Trish McGuire led the way with 10 points, including 4 of 4 on free throws, as four of her teammates scored between five and seven points, led by Brooke Mannor and Emily Curtice with seven apiece.

The Hematites’ Madison Pruett led all scorers with 14 points, while teammate Emma Poirier added 11.

Ishpeming won the JV game 34-22.

Both teams hit the road for Tuesday games, Gwinn at Hancock and Ishpeming at Gladstone.

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